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UOIT Event: Post-COP21 Breakfast Briefing and Electric Vehicle Workshop

Posted by Michelle Cholak on December 10, 2015

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On Thursday, January 7, 2016, the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT) and Durham Strategic Energy Alliance (DSEA) are hosting a...

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Driving for a Better Greater Toronto Area

Posted by Daniel Hoornweg on June 24, 2015

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In 1947, the first stretch of Highway 401 was completed from West Hill, Scarborough to Oshawa. The last stretch of the 818 kilometre highway...

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Coal consumption and district heating in China

Posted by Asiful Hai on June 02, 2015

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In 2014, coal accounted for 64% of China’s total energy consumption[i]. The country is responsible for burning half the world’s coal...

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How to reduce your refrigerator energy usage without breaking the bank

Posted by Daniel Kupchak on May 27, 2015

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Did you know at 12 cents per kWh it costs roughly $140 every year to run a ten year old refrigerator? And you can almost double that cost if you...

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Renewable energy investments growing in emerging economies

Posted by Robert McIntosh on May 20, 2015

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To get to where they are today, the world’s developed nations relied heavily on fossil fuels during industrialization. The focus for most of...

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Advancing strategic electrical infrastructure in developing nations with microgrids

Posted by Luigi Buenavista on May 13, 2015

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Although sub-Saharan Africa is incredibly rich in potential power-generation capacity, a recent McKinsey and Company report revealed only seven...

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Exploring Solar Options for a Sustainable Energy Future in Republic of Chad

Posted by Glen Courtis on April 29, 2015

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More than one-third of people in the world start life without access to electricity and clean fuels for cooking, heating and lighting, according to...

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Are smart grids in developing countries a reality?

Posted by Corey Martin on April 22, 2015

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One of the more recently hyped energy technologies in developed countries is the “smart grid”. Smart grids give intelligence to...

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Electric Vehicles: When Do They Make Sense?

Posted by Gabriel Aversano on April 15, 2015

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Electric vehicles have made a grand resurgence in recent years. In 2009, United States President Barack Obama announced a USD $2.4 billion...

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The first challenge we must face in our energy future is energy storage

Posted by Eddie Sheng on September 17, 2014

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It’s been said that electricity is the most valuable form of energy. In fact, the modern world wouldn’t function, let alone exist,...

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Capturing the power of water

Posted by Nandine Kanesalingam on September 15, 2014

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For thousands of years, people around the world have been capturing the power of moving water to create mechanical or electrical power for grinding...

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Is natural gas a sustainable option?

Posted by Christopher Yee Chuin Koon on September 11, 2014

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With a surging global population, the world’s energy needs are going to continue to grow. Fossil fuels meet a vast majority of the...

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Are fossil fuels dead? A look at the rising use of natural gas in North America

Posted by Jason Runge on September 10, 2014

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As the Earth’s climate continues to rise, governments around the world have introduced policies to reduce both their greenhouse gas emissions...

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Breaking Our Dependency on Fossil Fuels

Posted by Dakota Watson on August 29, 2014

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Fossil fuels are the remains of prehistoric biological matter that have been subjected to millennia of geological processes (i.e. heat and...

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How Geothermal Energy Works

Posted by Jonathan Allcock on August 28, 2014

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The amount of heat within 10,000 metres (about 33,000 feet) of the Earth's surface contains 50,000 times more energy than all the oil and natural...

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North America Falling Behind in Wind Power Market Penetration and Integration

Posted by Raymond Bedard on August 25, 2014

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Skeptics often boast that as an energy source, wind power can’t effectively meet a significant proportion of national energy demand, with...

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Should Energy from Waste be Considered Renewable?

Posted by Student Blogger on August 21, 2014

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There is much debate as to whether Energy from Waste (EFW) should be considered a renewable energy source. According to the Environmental...

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Nuclear Power and its Potential in Low-Income Regions

Posted by Kazi Nasir on June 20, 2014

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Nuclear power is considered to be an essential energy source of the future – it now accounts for 6% of the world’s total energy...

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Solar Energy Around the World

Posted by Nichollas Saucedo on June 20, 2014

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A renewable and clean source of energy, the solar power generated by the sun provides the earth with more than one thousand times the energy...

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The Economic Fallout of Ontario’s Long Term Energy Plan

Posted by Kazi Nasir on April 11, 2014

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In December 2013, Ontario’s Ministry of Energy released its updated Long Term Energy Plan (LTEP), “Achieving Balance”. As the...

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