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RER has expanded its training activities through a course, "Energy Efficiency in the Small Industrial and Commercial Sectors with RETScreen", being offered this summer exclusively to the employees of Verdatech Energy Management and Consulting. Stephen Farrell, the President of Verdatech, attended a RETScreen training seminar taught by RER Renewable Energy Research's Michael Ross, and decided that his company's employees would benefit from a two-day training course targeted at their particular needs for the RETScreen software. More details about the course can be found on the RETScreen training calendar.
Under contract to the Regional Municipality of Peel, RER has conducted a study of the emissions reductions (and costs thereof) associated with PV and solar thermal projects in Ontario. One significant finding of the investigation is that the Ontario cap on NOx is the real determinant of the quantity of electricity that is generated with coal; in order to offset coal production, a PV project must lower the available NOx emissions allowances by explicitly participating in a renewables set-aside. Under the Standard Offer, this is not possible. As a result, PV projects may actually increase the use of coal and achieve GHG emissions reductions of about 0.25 tCO2/MWh-- only one quarter that they would achieve if they offset coal, and one-half that they would achieve if they offset natural gas-fired generation. On the other hand, if the Standard Offer leads to the building of significant PV and wind capacity, this may generate pressure to lower the NOx cap. The report is available here.
RER presents two articles at this year's conference of the Solar Energy Society of Canada, held June 10-13 in Calgary, Alberta. These articles, available on our web site, are:
RER has raided its archives in order to make available on this web site copies of over 40 reports and articles published over the last dozen years. The publications, while all related to clean energy technologies, cover topics as diverse as the storage of arctic char at remote fishing camps, snow and ice accumulation, and miniature fuel-cell systems. Please consult the Publications section of this web site.
RER has furnished Natural Resources Canada with a handbook for the dimensioning, control, and optimization of PV-genset hybrid energy systems. The handbook draws on over five years of mathematical modelling and experimental testing at the CANMET Energy Technology Center-Varennes (CETC), much of it conducted by RER under contract to Natural Resources Canada. The Handbook awaits formatting and the addition of several sections by the CETC before publication, slated for the summer of 2007.
On contract to Natural Resources Canada, RER provided RETScreen training to 786 people in seminars held over the last four months. Participants in Boucherville (in French), Ottawa, Toronto, Calgary and Vancouver learned how to use the RETScreen tool to identify cost-effective opportunities for clean energy technologies. Simultaneously but separately, RER provided specialized RETScreen training seminars to the Québec government's Agence de l'efficacité énergétique (also in French) and to the Thunderbay Office of the Ontario First Nations Technical Services Group.
RER will be presenting, on behalf of RETSCreen International, a full day course showing how RETScreen can be used to assess whether potential clean energy projects are financially viable. The free seminar will take place in Montreal, as an official parallel event to the United Nations Climate Change Conference (UNCCC) on November 29, 2005. For more information, visit the RETScreen website.
RER has completed an online training course for RETScreen International's efficient refrigeration module. The course, which covers techniques and technologies for reducing energy usage and greenhouse gas emissions in supermarkets and ice rinks, is available from the RETScreen website's table of downloads.
RER's article "PVToolbox Simulation Output Compared with Monitored Data from PV Hybrid Test Bench" won the prize for the best article at the 2005 conference of the Solar Energy Society of Canada (see below for conference details and a link to the article). The article, co-authored by Dave Turcotte and Marc-André Fry of Natural Resources Canada's CETC-Varennes Photovoltaic and Hybrid Systems Group, reported on studies funded by CETC-Varennes and the Panel on Energy Research and Development (PERD). RER congratulates its collaborators and thanks them for supporting this research.
RER is pleased to be presenting three articles at the 2005 conference of the Solar Energy Society of Canada (SESCI), held in Vancouver, BC from August 20 to 24. These articles, available on this web site, are:
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