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  • H2O Innovation subsidiary lands new deals in US +

    H2O Innovation Inc.’s operation and maintenance (O&M) services subsidiary Utility Partners LLC (UP) has renewed two contracts and extended the Read More
  • EDC offers new green bond +

    Export Development Canada’s (EDC) latest green bond has been priced. Set at $500 million with a 1.8 fixed rate, the Read More
  • Capital Power moving ahead with New Frontier Wind +

    After Capital Power Corp. inked an agreement to sell 87% of the electricity generated from the yet to be constructed Read More
  • General Fusion takes new step towards reactor design +

    Vancouver’s General Fusion has hired two industry veterans to help lead the company through the development of a proof-of-concept fusion Read More
  • Federal, Ontario governments take big step in reducing diesel reliance in FN communities +

    The $60 million in federal funding to connect the Pikangikum First Nation to Ontario’s electricity grid is a major step Read More
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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.

Clean energy technology developer General Fusion has teamed up with Micorsoft Corp. to build a new big data platform that will help the Vancouver-based build a commercial fusion energy power plant.

General Fusion image