by Tina Olivero

    Top 10 Sustainable New Energy Technologies Emerging in Canada

    New energy innovations are important to Canada for many reasons. They address climate change, energy security, economic opportunities, energy affordability, energy self-sufficiency, and energy exports.

    Climate change – Canada has committed to reducing its greenhouse gas emissions as part of the Paris Agreement, and new energy innovations can help to achieve this goal by providing cleaner and more sustainable energy sources. 

    Energy security – New energy innovations can diversify Canada’s energy mix and reduce the country’s dependence on fossil fuels, which can be subject to price fluctuations and supply disruptions.

    Economic opportunities – The development and deployment of new energy technologies can create jobs and economic growth, particularly in the manufacturing and services sectors.

    Energy affordability – New energy innovations can help to make energy more affordable for Canadians, particularly for those living in remote or rural areas.

    Energy self-sufficiency – New energy innovations can help Canada to become more energy self-sufficient and reduce its dependence on imported energy sources.

    Energy export – Canada has significant potential for energy export, particularly for hydroelectricity and clean energy technologies, and new energy innovations can help to expand these opportunities.

    Overall, new energy innovations can help Canada to meet its climate and energy goals while also driving economic growth and creating new opportunities for the country. The top 10 most powerful renewable energy innovations emerging include:

    1. Solar power: Canada has a large potential for solar energy due to its high solar insolation, and various projects have been developed in different provinces.
    2. Wind power: Canada has abundant wind resources, particularly in the Prairie provinces and on the east and west coasts, and has significant installed capacity for wind power generation.
    3. Biomass: Canada has a large number of sustainable biomass resources, such as wood waste, agricultural waste, and sewage, which can be used for heat, electricity, and transportation fuel production.
    4. Hydropower: Canada has significant potential for hydropower development, particularly in Quebec and British Columbia, which already have large hydroelectric power generation capacities.
    5. Geothermal: Canada has a potential for geothermal energy production, particularly in western Canada and in the Canadian Shield.
    6. Tidal Power: Tidal power is a type of hydropower that converts the energy of tides into electricity. Canada has large tidal power potential, particularly in the Bay of Fundy, Nova Scotia
    7. Wave Power: Wave power is another form of hydropower that converts the energy of ocean surface waves into electricity. Canada has a large potential for wave power development, particularly on the west coast.
    8. Nuclear energy: Canada has a long history of nuclear power generation and has developed advanced nuclear technologies such as small modular reactors, which are considered to be more sustainable than traditional nuclear power plants.
    9. Carbon capture and storage: Carbon capture and storage (CCS) technologies capture carbon dioxide emissions from power plants and industrial facilities and store them underground, reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Canada has several CCS demonstration projects underway.
    10. Energy storage: Energy storage technologies such as batteries and pumped hydro storage can help to balance supply and demand, making renewable energy more reliable and cost-effective. Canada has several energy storage projects being developed, particularly in Ontario and Quebec.

    Tina Olivero

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