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  • S2G BioChem begins work on Sarnia ON plant +

    S2G BioChem is bringing its green chemistry to Sarnia ON. The Vancouver-based company has kick started work on its first Read More
  • Smartcool inks reseller agreement with Panoramic +

    Smartcool Systems Inc. is now selling power metering sensors after signing a value added reseller agreement (VAR) with Panoramic Power Read More
  • Ranovus secures additional SDTC investment, two others get funding as well +

    Ottawa-based Ranovus Corp. was among three companies to receive a total of $7.85 million in funding from Sustainable Development Technology Read More
  • Solar Alliance secures new commercial market with Thompson Machinery agreement +

    Solar Alliance Energy Inc. is teaming up with Thompson Machinery Commerce Corp. and one of its affiliates Aries Solar to Read More
  • Niagara Region Wind Farm gets celebrated +

    Boralex Inc, ENERCON Canada and the Six Nations of the Grand River Development Corp. used Global Wind Day to celebrate the Read More
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A major energy rollout in Canada is set for September when Hectate Energy is expected to plug in two separate projects with a total capacity of 12.8 MW/52.8 MWh. The company’s latest push comes from a recent agreement with Powin Energy for the supply of battery energy storage modules and management software.

Protonex Technology Corp., a subsidiary of Ballard Power Systems, has has inked an agreement to provide FlyH2 Aerospace a fuel cell propulsion system for an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV).

Ballard image June 2017

The C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group and NUMA World are launching a new initiative aimed at providing cities with the data they need to address climate change concerns. DataCity C40 was unveiled last week and only days after US President Donald Trump announced that country’s withdrawal from the Paris Climate Accord.

It’s already well known the adoption of information and communications technologies (ICTs) has transformed many parts of the energy and utility sector. Smart grid, demand response and even the emergence of vehicle to grid services are just a few that have been realized as a result of adding intelligent connectivity to the legacy utility industry.

But a new type of network, dubbed 5G, has the potential to be an even greater game changer not only for utilities, but other verticals such as transportation, industrial automation and resource extraction sectors. The game changing aspect is because it’s really fast, has very quick device to device responsiveness (or low latency in technical terms) and promises to significantly improve battery life of devices. (Skip to the end of the article for a Primer on 5G). As a result of a super fast and quick responding wireless network, a whole bunch of applications are enabled, ones that can boost productivity, improve energy efficiency and reduce air pollution and other environmental damages.

GHGSat has released sample imagery from its demonstration satellite, Claire, showing methane emissions from a hydroelectric facility under construction in Africa. The company is making sample imagery and data for this facility available for evaluation by qualified parties.