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Edmonton Aces Smarter Cities Challenge

Posted on March 10, 2011
Edmonton is among the smartest cities in the world. This, according to IBM. The technology giant chose Edmonton as one of 24 cities worldwide to receive a Smarter Cities Challenge grant (up to US$400,000). The criteria: innovative use of information technology to benefit citizens. The real value of the prize isn’t the $400,000—IBM will dole out a total of $50 million worth of technology and services to 100 municipalities worldwide over the next three years through its grant program. Winners get free advice from IBM consultants who will recommend ways [...]

VIDEO: A New Development in Nuclear Reactor Technology

Posted on February 18, 2011
In May 2010, U.S. energy secretary Steven Chu announced $20 million of funding for research and development in Generation IV reactors including small reactors. A budget request submitted by President Obama's office this week includes $97 million for research into small modular reactors. Westinghouse, hoping to capitalize on government support for nuclear tech development, has released its new 200 MWe Small Modular Reactor, which it calls a "milestone in energy history." Explore the technology here. [...]

Quebec P3 Wins International PFI Award

Posted on February 2, 2011
Thomson Reuters awarded its 2010 PFI Award for public-private partnership (P3) Deal of the Year (Americas) to the McGill University Health Centre (MUHC), Groupe immobilier santé McGill, and Infrastructure Québec for the financing of the new MUHC Glen Campus project. The prize was awarded at the PFI Awards Dinner held on January 26 in London, United Kingdom. This is the largest greenfield hospital project in Canada and the top P3 project on ReNew Canada’s Top 100 report (look for more details about financing on the Top 100 projects in our whitepaper [...]

New Agency Formed to Promote and Rate Sustainable Infrastructure

Posted on February 2, 2011
A new U.S. organization has been formed to develop and administer a sustainability rating system for North American infrastructure. The Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure (ISI) is an independent non-profit organization was founded by the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC), the American Public Works Association (APWA) and the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). The ISI’s rating system, which will be launched in summer 2011, is being designed to identify the benefits (environmental, economic, and social) of sustainable practice [...]

BP Releases Energy Projections for 2030

Posted on January 24, 2011
BP has released what it's calling a projection of future energy trends that shows demand for non-fossil-fuel sources of energy (including nuclear and hydro) growing much faster than demand for oil. By 2030, the outlook has renewables beating out oil production. The report, BP Energy Outlook 2030,  has renewables (geothermal, wind, solar, and biofuels) growing from 5 per cent to 18 per cent and fossil fuels decreasing from 83 per cent to 64 per cent. BP Group Chief Executive Bob Dudley, in the report's introduction, reminded readers that this is a [...]

World's Biggest Indoor Waterpark Under Construction

Posted on October 28, 2010
The world’s largest aluminum-domed indoor waterpark is being built in Donetsk, Ukraine. Scheduled to open in the fall of 2011, the Royal Marine Aquapark dome is the creation of Oakville-based OpenAire. The project was recently featured in our third annual Canadians at Work supplement (released with our November/December issue). “At 26 metres  by 86 feet high and 85 metres by 278 feet in diameter, it’s the largest free-standing aluminum dome structure in the world,” says OpenAire president Mark Albertine. “The retractable design makes it [...]

Unique Bifurcation Helps Win Canadian Consulting Engineering Award of Excellence

Posted on October 27, 2010
A jury of professional engineers from business, government and academia have awarded Canadian engineering firm, Klohn Crippen Berger (KCB), the 2010 Canadian Consulting Engineering Award of Excellence for their work on the Nam Theun 2 Hydroelectric Project (NT2) in Laos. The NT2 project is a long-term collaborative effort between Laos and Thailand to develop up to 3000 megawatts (MW) of hydropower in Laos for export to Thailand. KCB worked as the designer for the two main civil works packages comprising the hydro facilities. The Nam Theun River, a major [...]

European Manufacturer Comes to Canada

Posted on October 19, 2010
Jaga Climate Systems, a European manufacturer of heating technology, has started manufacturing its energy-efficient radiators at a facility in Saint Laurent, Quebec. “Producing the elements for our radiators in Canada helps reduce the overall environmental impact of our products,” said Bert Kriekels, president of Jaga Climate Systems, in a release. The first Canadian-manufactured products were produced in September to Evergreen at the Brickworks in Toronto. [...]

Canadians to Have a Strong Presence at North American Leadership Forum

Posted on September 25, 2010
David Livingston, president & CEO of Infrastructure Ontario, will be delivering a keynote address on day two of the 2nd Annual North America Strategic Infrastructure Leadership Forum (Washington, DC | September 29 – October 1).  The Forum will bring together more than 500 key players involved in infrastructure development in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico to spur the continent’s most important projects. Livingston will round out the picture of a North American infrastructure with a view from Canada. With the Obama administration's announcement [...]

Live from WEC

Posted on September 13, 2010
Day two of the World Energy Congress in Montreal and we've uncovered exclusive info about tidal power in the Bay of Fundy, the Atlantic Provinces' deal with Siemens to track energy inefficiencies in transmission and delivery systems, shale gas extraction, and more (be sure to follow the website for more details and look for our extensive coverage in our November/December issue. Smart grid and smart tech is definitely the star this year, with companies like Siemens, IBM, ABB, and GE showing off with high-tech booths. But the old stand-bys are still making [...]
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