Check out this recent article from Folio discussing, "Why the Future of Global Energy is Local." The article is based on the notion put forward by Future Energy Systems Director, Larry Kostiuk that, "No single alternative energy technology is going to reliably meet the energy needs of every society around the world."
The article and coinciding short audio segment emphasize the need to approach energy development based on what a given area has to offer in terms of resources, population, and other influencing factors rather than look to impose a one-size-fits-all energy solution in all jurisdictions. Though this is not a revolutionary way of thinking, it is quite interesting in the context Hinton case study that is used within the article, in which Hinton is highlighted for having switched from being a mining town, to a coal town, to a wood and forest products town, to a natural gas town, and finally Hinton is looking into developing their geothermal resources. The article and audio segment emphasize that throughout these changes, "people innovate along the way," creating new businesses, ideas and ultimately pushing the town (or society as a whole) forward.
Full Article and Audio Segment
March 20, 2018
Member Companies, Borealis GeoPower , Alberta Innovates and Climeon Secure a Deal for Canada's First Geothermal Power Plant
Climeon receives the world’s first order for a geothermal power plant in Canada from Borealis GeoPower with support from Alberta Innovates. The order relates to a demonstration project named Sustainaville, in Valemount, British Columbia. It includes delivery of three 150 kW Climeon modules and is valued at approximately EUR 1 000 000.
The municipality of Valemount is situated near the end of a transmission line. The distributed power production from the Climeon Heat Power solution will contribute to Valemount’s economic development by providing additional energy to the area. Borealis GeoPower has conducted extensive field work and is confident that the Climeon Heat Power system can operate at optimal levels even when there are large variations in flow and temperature.
“Geothermal power is an exciting avenue that offers us so much to explore. By bringing this demonstration of renewable power to our country, we have the opportunity to showcase clean reliable energy generation, supporting the transition away from fossil fuels to more sustainable options. Our government is proud to support Borealis and Climeon to discover how this demonstration project may lead to further geothermal energy deployments that will help our country create a brighter future.”
-The Honourable Jim Carr, Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources.
Full News Releases Below:
Borealis News Release & Climeon News Release
April 4, 2018