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Renewable energy research and development in Canada

Technical Report:

Abstract

Canadian research and development (R and D) in renewable energy began as a result of the oil crisis in 1974, and in keeping with government policy, is predominantly carried out in the private sector under contract to the federal government. The variety in technical maturity of the renewable energy technologies is reflected in the non-uniform funding levels among the five constituent programs. The greatest support is allotted to solar energy in recognition of its enormous potential, both in low to mid-temperature thermal and in photovoltaic applications. This report describes the technical content of these five renewable energy and R and D programs, and outlines the organization and management structures used to direct the effort. Biomass energy R and D concentrates on the harvesting, processing and conversion of wood wastes into convenient fuel forms. Near-term applications will continue to be in the forest products industries. Wind energy R and D in geothermal energy are focussed on identification and quantification of the resource. A five-megawatt experimental geothermal heating system is being established at the University of Regina. The hydraulic energy R and D program does not consider conventional hydro-electric systems which are well developed; rather, it primarily covers laboratory-scale tests on conversion  More>>
Authors:
Publication Date:
Dec 01, 1979
Product Type:
Technical Report
Report Number:
NRC/E-17978; CE-01502
Reference Number:
CANM-88-001831; EDB-88-121893
Subject:
29 ENERGY PLANNING, POLICY AND ECONOMY; 09 BIOMASS FUELS; CANADA; RESEARCH PROGRAMS; RENEWABLE ENERGY SOURCES; BIOMASS; COMMERCIALIZATION; DEMONSTRATION PROGRAMS; ENERGY POLICY; GEOTHERMAL ENERGY; GOVERNMENT POLICIES; MATHEMATICAL MODELS; SOLAR ENERGY; TIDAL POWER; WAVE POWER; WIND POWER; WOOD WASTES; ENERGY; ENERGY SOURCES; NORTH AMERICA; POWER; SOLID WASTES; WASTES; 299000* - Energy Planning & Policy- Unconventional Sources & Power Generation; 290500 - Energy Planning & Policy- Research, Development, Demonstration, & Commercialization; 090400 - Solid Waste & Wood Fuels- (-1989)
OSTI ID:
7163028
Research Organizations:
National Research Council of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario. Div. of Energy
Country of Origin:
Canada
Language:
English
Availability:
CANMET/TID, Energy, Mines and Resources Canada, 555 Booth St., Ottawa, Ont., Canada K1A 0G1; $0.34CAN per page, $3.40 CAN minimum.
Submitting Site:
CANM
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Pages: 49
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Citation Formats

Chappell, M S. Renewable energy research and development in Canada. Canada: N. p., 1979. Web.
Chappell, M S. Renewable energy research and development in Canada. Canada.
Chappell, M S. 1979. "Renewable energy research and development in Canada." Canada.
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title = {Renewable energy research and development in Canada}
author = {Chappell, M S}
abstractNote = {Canadian research and development (R and D) in renewable energy began as a result of the oil crisis in 1974, and in keeping with government policy, is predominantly carried out in the private sector under contract to the federal government. The variety in technical maturity of the renewable energy technologies is reflected in the non-uniform funding levels among the five constituent programs. The greatest support is allotted to solar energy in recognition of its enormous potential, both in low to mid-temperature thermal and in photovoltaic applications. This report describes the technical content of these five renewable energy and R and D programs, and outlines the organization and management structures used to direct the effort. Biomass energy R and D concentrates on the harvesting, processing and conversion of wood wastes into convenient fuel forms. Near-term applications will continue to be in the forest products industries. Wind energy R and D in geothermal energy are focussed on identification and quantification of the resource. A five-megawatt experimental geothermal heating system is being established at the University of Regina. The hydraulic energy R and D program does not consider conventional hydro-electric systems which are well developed; rather, it primarily covers laboratory-scale tests on conversion devices for wave, tidal, and river flow energy systems. A substantial effort is also underway in analytic and modelling techniques for hydraulic energy systems of all types. 3 figs., 2 tabs.}
place = {Canada}
year = {1979}
month = {Dec}
}