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9 October 2016 2016 11:47 AM GMT

US, Canada Boost MIT Research On Clean Energy Sources Of Electricity

Hydro-Québec President and Chief Executive Officer Éric Martel has announced that it will provide a total of CA$100,000 over a two-year period to a research initiative spearheaded by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) of Cambridge, Massachusetts –, the climate change think tank, Ouranos, located in Montréal, and the business school HEC Montréal (HEC), also in Montreal.

The agreement provides for the development and implementation of an important modeling tool that will be available for climate change researchers. The tool will focus on Québec and New England and will seek to identify opportunities for optimal expansion of renewable energy sources in the two regions, including expanded trade in electricity.

The three research organizations held a signing ceremony in Boston in presence of the Premier of Québec, Philippe Couillard, who is attending the 40th Annual Conference of New England Governors and Eastern Canadian Premiers.

“Hydro-Québec is pleased to be a part of the development of an integrated renewable energy policy model that would help inform decision-makers on both sides of the border, expand the regional, cross-border trade in clean electricity, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions across the continental northeast and ultimately North America,” said Éric Martel, CEO of Hydro-Québec. “Massachusetts has continuously shown leadership on climate issues and establishing closer ties with MIT, known worldwide for the quality of its research, really highlights the know-how of both Ouranos and HEC, two leading Québec institutions in the field of energy and climate change.”

Within the context of Hydro-Québec’s international strategy, cooperation with these research centers will help the company advance its robust R&D agenda on the regional and global levels.

Hydro-Québec delivers electric power and services with reliability and quality. It states, that by developing hydraulic resources, it makes a strong contribution to collective wealth and plays a central role in the emergence of a low-carbon economy. As recognized leaders in hydropower and large transmission systems, the company exports clean, renewable power and commercialises its expertise and innovations on world markets.

August 5th 2017
Invenergy, GE Renewable Energy Announce 2GW Facility: Largest Wind Farm In US

Invenergy and GE Renewable Energy have announced a 2GW wind farm that will be the largest in the U.S. and second-largest in the world, once operational, in 2020. The Wind Catcher facility is under construction in the Oklahoma panhandle and will use 800 state-of-the-art GE 2.5 MW turbines. It will link more than 1.1 million customers with wind energy harvested domestically, saving them more than $7 billion, and will support 4,000 direct and 4,400 indirect jobs annually during construction and 80 permanent jobs once operational. “Wind Catcher shows American leadership in bringing low-cost clean energy to market at Giga scale,” said Invenergy’s Founder and CEO Michael Polsky.

August 17th 2017
Siemens Gamesa Installs Asia’s Tallest Turbines, Whilst Stepping Up Integration

Siemens Gamesa has set a new record in Asia by installing this year the tallest wind turbines on the continent. The turbines are equipped with 153-metre tall towers, and with the 56-metre blades, they reach a total height of 210 metres. Presently, a major focus for the company is the integration of the entities of Siemens and Gamesa. This has the objective of realising the new company’s substantial potential, thanks to its bigger scale and global reach: a presence in more than 90 countries, an installed base of 75 GW, and an order book of €21bn.

August 9th 2017
35% Of German Electricity Consumption Now From Renewables: Grid Challenges Ahead

The Centre for Solar Energy and Hydrogen Research in Baden-Württemberg (ZSW) and the German Association of Energy and Water Industries (BDEW) have stated in an initial assessment that electricity generated from clean energy accounted for 35% of Germany’s consumption in 1H 2017. It’s the first time that this mark has been reached. The total share of electricity generated from renewables was up 2% from last year. The growth from onshore wind was 13.6%; offshore wind saw the steepest growth at 47.5%; growth from biomass increased by 2.2%, whilst the growth from PV systems was 13.5%, compared with the 1H 2016.

July 28th 2017
Major Realignment In Motorsport As Porsche Prioritises Formula E Over Le Mans

Significant changes in motorsport are taking place as Porsche implements its strategy to develop a combination of pure GT vehicles and fully electric sports cars, such as the first fully battery-powered Mission E road car. “Entering Formula E and achieving success in this category are the logical outcomes of our Mission E”, says Michael Steiner, Executive Board Member, R&D at Porsche AG. “For us, Formula E is the ultimate competitive environment for driving forward the development of high-performance vehicles in areas such as environmental friendliness, efficiency and sustainability”.