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2013-06-02 - Researchers based at the University of Calgary, Curtis Berlinguette and Simon Trudel, have developed an innovative way to make new affordable and efficient catalysts for capturing solar power. The discovery is a new type of electrolyzer device that uses catalysts to start a chemical reaction that converts electricity into chemical energy by splitting water into hydrogen and oxygen fuels. These fuels can then be stored and re-converted to electricity for future use. The technological breakthrough offers a relatively cheaper method of storing and reusing electricity produced by wind turbines and solar panels. The technology is set to be commercialized through a new start-up company called FireWater Fuel Corp. The findings have been reported in the journal Science.
2013-04-07 - EDF EN Canada, a subsidiary of EDF Energies Nouvelles, has partnered with Enbridge in order to acquire the Alberta based 300 MW Blackspring Ridge project. The purchase agreement that has been signed with Greengate Power Corporation, the original developer of the Blackspring Ridge projetct, enables EDF EN Canada to expand its development expertise in Western Canada. The Blackspring Ridge Wind Project, located in Vulcan County north of Lethbridge, Alberta, is currently in late stage development and will be comprised of 166 Vestas V100-1.8 MW wind turbines. Construction is expected to start in the second quarter of 2013 and reach commissioning in mid-summer 2014. When operational, Blackspring Ridge will be the largest wind project in the province.
2013-03-29 - Canadian researchers have developed a method which may ultimately enable excess energy created by wind turbines and solar panels to be stored for later use. Two researchers at the University of Calgary report in the journal Science that they have invented a relatively inexpensive way of using rust to act as a catalyst for capturing energy through the electrolysis of water. "This breakthrough offers a relatively cheaper method of storing and reusing electricity produced by wind turbines and solar panels," said Curtis Berlinguette, associate professor of chemistry at the university. The researchers expect to have a commercial product in the market by 2014, with a prototype electrolyzer designed to provide a family home's energy needs ready for testing by 2015.
2013-03-06 - Alstom and NaturEner Energy entered into an agreement for the supply of up to 414 MW of wind turbines to be installed at NaturEner’s Wild Rose Projects in Alberta. The agreement includes 138 ECO 110 3.0 MW wind turbines, and 10 years of maintenance services. This project, amounting to around €420 million, should be booked by Alstom in the fiscal year 2013/14 as soon as Alstom receives the Notice To Proceed, which is primarily subject to the financial close of the project and its successful permitting. This agreement marks Alstom’s successful entry into the Canadian wind market.
2013-01-14 - Fraunhofer and The University of British Columbia (UBC) in Vancouver will partner to jointly develop technologies for sustainable energy production and supply. The direct research partner for Fraunhofer will be UBC's Clean Energy Research Centre. Total funding of $5.25 million has been secured within Fraunhofer and UBC to support this unique partnership.
2012-11-12 - Toronto-based battery maker Electrovaya walked away with two deals after a business round-table set up between the Canadian and Indian governments, reports EnergyBoom. The first is with Environ Energy Corporation India, also known as Bhaskar Solar. The two companies will work together to provide renewable energy solutions for 15,000 proposed telecom towers in India. Electrovaya will also provide lithium batteries for the Indian electric bike manufacturer, Hero Eco.
2012-11-05 - Methes Energies International, a renewable energy company that offers products and services to a network of biodiesel fuel producers, announced that its subsidiary, Methes Energies Canada, has been approved by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as a Foreign Renewable Fuel Producer, making the biodiesel produced at its Sombra facility in Ontario, Canada, eligible for export to the U.S. The company said that obtaining this approval from the EPA enables Methes Energies to provides its U.S. importer the ability to generate Renewable Identification Numbers (RIN). RINs are used in the U.S. by obligated parties to comply with certain obligations under the Renewable Fuel Standard 2.
2012-10-15 - French energy company EDF Energies Nouvelles announced the commissioning of its first wind power plant in Canada, the 80 MW Saint-Robert-Bellarmin facility in Quebec. This achievement is the first of a seven-project program totalling 1003.2 MW through 2015.
2012-10-15 - Canadian Solar Solutions has expanded its relationship with Penn Energy Renewables with an additional 10MW turnkey engineering, procurement and construction contract and operations and maintenance agreement for the construction and operation of a solar power project in Ontario. This latest agreement brings the total EPC and OM agreement between the two companies to 28.7 MW. Construction of the newest solar power plant will begin in the fourth quarter of 2012, with the facility expected to be fully operational by the third quarter of 2013.
2012-10-14 - Ontario has been tabbed as the Canadian leader in solar energy. According to a report by GlobalData, Ontario's Green Power Tariff and the Renewable Energy Standard Offer Program have helped buoy the solar market in the province. In fact, solar backsheet installations have increased at a compound rate of 131% per year in recent years. Between 2006 and 2011, the capacity of backsheet installations leapt from 4 MW to 240 MW. According to the report, more growth is expected leading up to the year 2020, with Ontario's capacity increasing to 937 MW.
2012-10-15 - Wind energy's contribution to Canada's electricity supply is expected to grow by nearly 20% by the end of this year as the country is set to add nearly 1.2 GW of wind power in 2012, the Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA) announced. This will mark the second consecutive year that over 1 GW of newly installed capacity was added. According to CanWEA, every gigawatt of new wind energy drives $2.5 billion in investments, creates 10,500 person-years of employment and provides enough clean energy to power over 300,000 Canadian homes.
2012-07-29 - Siemens Canada and NB Power have struck an agreement that will see the global technology company create a 10-year energy road map for the province. The new partnership also sees the company open an R&D centre in Fredericton. Gaëtan Thomas, the president and chief executive officer of NB Power, said the use of the smart grid technology will help customers in the future. The precise nature of the programs are still being worked out between the two companies.
2012-07-23 - The South Kent Wind Project, a $600 million joint venture between Samsung Renewable Energy and Pattern Energy, aims to install approximately 125 Siemens turbines that can generate enough energy for 73,000 homes in the municipality of Chatham-Kent in Southwestern Ontario. Construction is set to begin in the third quarter with operations expected to start in the first quarter of 2014. The project will not only benefit the environment by providing clean energy to the population but will also benefit the community by providing around 20 permanent jobs and up to 300 constructions jobs.
2012-07-10 - China-based Trina Solar announced it will establish a Canadian subsidiary, Trina Solar Canada, with a sales and business development office in Ontario. The company also has formed an OEM partnership with Silfab Ontario, enabling Trina Solar to offer modules that are locally-manufactured for the Canadian market and take advantage of Ontario’s domestic content feed-in tariff. Headquartered in Mississauga, Silfab will be responsible for providing Trina with sufficient production capacity to support its venture into the Canadian market.
2012-06-18 - Enercon, a German energy company, is building its first Ontario manufacturing facility in Beamsville. Niagara Electric will manufacture electronic parts for converters and control panels in wind turbines and solar panels for the Canadian and international markets. It’s expected the plant will bring 50 jobs.
2012-04-03 - Renewable energy specialists Natural Forces Technologies acquired the business and assets of Wind Prospect. The acquisition is in line with the Dartmouth firms mandate to bring renewable energy to the Maritimes through partnerships with local and international firms. Wind Prospect, the Canadian arm of U.K.-based Wind Prospect Group, set up its offices in Halifax and Vancouver in 2006.
2012-01-04 - Windstream Wolfe Island Shoals said it has signed a binding agreement with Siemens to supply as many as 130 turbines for a 300 MW offshore wind power project on Lake Ontario. The turbine blades will be manufactured at Siemens’ factory in Tillsonburg, Ontario, the company said.
2011-10-19 - EDF EN Canada, a subsidiary of France-based EDF Energies Nouvelles, announced it has obtained the “Decret” from the Government of Quebec authorizing the construction and operation of the 150 MW Massif du Sud wind project. With an investment of close to $350 million, the project will create about 200 jobs during the construction phase, and 8 to 10 permanent operation and maintenance jobs. The project, located in the municipalities of Saint-Luc-de-Bellechasse and Saint-Magloire in the MRC des Etchemins and in the municipalities of Notre-Dame-Auxiliatrice-de-Buckland and Saint-Philémon in the MRC de Bellechasse, will generate green energy to power the equivalent of over 30,000 Quebec homes.
2011-09-26 - Researchers Dr. Carl Douglas and Dr. Shawn Mansfield, both at UBC, are using genomics to enhance breeding and selection of poplar trees to improve their potential as a biofuel resource. The researchers are using genomics to study tree growth at the molecular level, to develop short-rotation, fast-growing trees that can grow in a variety of climates across Canada, and produce wood that can be more readily converted to biofuel while minimizing the ecological footprint. Genome BC has funded the POPCAN project as part of Genome Canada’s 2010 Large-Scale Applied Research Project Competition.
2011-09-18 - A report by the Geological Survey of Canada found that the country has enormous geothermal energy resources that could supply the country with a renewable and clean source of power. The report notes Canada's in-place geothermal power exceeds one million times the nation's current electrical consumption. As few as 100 projects could meet a significant fraction of Canada's base load energy needs, the report concludes. It also stresses that the high capacity factor of geothermal power makes geothermal energy particularly attractive as a renewable base load energy supply.
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