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.

January 10th 2018
US: Doubling Of Wind & Solar Capacity Possible By 2020 as Coal & Nuclear Drop

In the latest issue of its “Energy Infrastructure Update” (with data through November 30, 2017), the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) notes that proposed net additions to generating capacity by utility-scale wind and solar could total 115,984 megawatts (MW) by December 2020 – effectively doubling their current installed capacity of 115,520 MW.  The numbers were released as FERC prepares for a January 10 meeting to consider U.S. Department of Energy Secretary Rick Perry’s proposal for a bailout of the coal and nuclear industries.

February 5th 2018
Chinese Solar Surge Fuels Overall Global Growth In Clean Energy Investment

World clean energy investment totalled $333.5 billion last year, up 3% from 2016 and the second highest annual figure ever, taking cumulative investment since 2010 to $2.5 trillion. An extraordinary boom in photovoltaic installations made 2017 a record year for China’s investment in clean energy. This outpaced changes elsewhere, including jumps in investment in Australia and Mexico, and declines in Japan, the U.K. and Germany. The figures up 3% from a revised $324.6 billion in 2016, and only 7% short of the record figure of $360.3 billion, in 2015.

December 6th 2017
Renewables Provide 17.8% Of Total US Electricity. Solar Now 2.0% And Wind 6.0%

According to the latest issue of the U.S. Energy Information Administration’s (EIA) “Electric Power Monthly” report, U.S. electrical generation from renewable energy sources (i.e., biomass, geothermal, hydropower, solar – inc. distributed solar, wind) rose by 14.69% during the first three-quarters of 2017 compared to the same period in 2016. Simultaneously, electrical generation by fossil fuels and nuclear power combined declined by 5.41%. Nuclear power and coal both dropped by 1.5%, natural gas (including “other” gas) was down by 10.7%, and oil (i.e., petroleum liquids and petroleum coke) plunged by 17.1%.

February 5th 2018
Masdar City To Test Latest Concepts In Autonomous Electric Vehicles

ICONIQ Motors, a China-based EV company, has reached agreement to test its autonomous driving concept at Masdar City. The ICONIQ SEVEN, one of the world’s latest EV models is a futuristic vehicle, built on an intelligent, connected vehicle platform integrated with Microsoft’s AZURE cloud technology; and is set to hit the market in 2019. “Masdar City has put smart and sustainable mobility at the centre of its strategy, as highlighted by the historic success of its flagship driverless Personal Rapid Transit (PRT) system,” said Yousef Baselaib, Executive Director of Sustainable Real Estate at Madsar. “It is the ideal location to test innovative autonomous driving concepts.”


 

   

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