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April 08, 2008— Ottawa, Ontario

Discovering new ways to power our lives

Living in a modern society, we take energy for granted. Not only do we need oil, gas and electricity to run our homes and cars, but our manufacturing and transport industries use vast amounts of energy to deliver the products we depend on. The world's demand for energy is growing, and the environmental cost of traditional energy has become too great.

Energy research today is all about developing safe, affordable and reliable technologies that will not harm our environment or deplete our natural resources. NRC has been working for several years with industry and university partners to develop clean, renewable energy solutions.

At our Vancouver facility, NRC showcases groundbreaking fuel cell and hydrogen technologies through demonstration projects that include a hydrogen refueling station and storage tower for hybrid vehicles. Our objective is to help make fuel cell and hydrogen technologies a mainstream solution for Canada.

NRC is also leading a multi-partner research initiative on plug-in hybrid vehicles. Our expertise in new battery technologies will make a valuable contribution toward the development and commercial success of such vehicles. 

NRC researchers are also studying the potential of extracting energy from ocean waves, offshore winds, tidal currents and fast-flowing rivers. NRC recently participated in the technical evaluation of proposals for Nova Scotia's Tidal Energy Demonstration Project, which aims to generate electricity from the tidal forces in the Bay of Fundy. NRC is also helping Canadian firms develop more efficient solar cells, wind turbines and small-scale, low-impact hydropower. 

This research is already yielding results. I have every reason to believe that tomorrow's buildings will feature green energy technologies and that, gradually, our cars and industries will rely less and less on fossil fuels. It's just a question of time.

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