ENERGY TRANSITION & CLIMATE CHANGE SOLUTIONS: Feb 08, 2020

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Future Energy Systems and Edmonton Public Library launch new lecture series

Future Energy Systems Principal Investigator Pierre Mertiny talked about energy storage to a full house at the Edmonton Public Library’s Strathcona Branch. His presentation kicked off the new “Energy Talks” partnership between the $75 million UAlberta research program and the library, which will see monthly presentations on energy-related topics take place across Edmonton. 

“At EPL we already host monthly lectures in partnership with the Archaeology Society and the U of A’s Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research,” explains Cassidy Munro, Community Librarian at the Strathcona Branch. “The new ‘Energy Talks’ series gives Edmontonians the opportunity to learn more about a very important topic from the researchers who are working at the cutting edge.” 

The first talk explored the challenge of storing energy generated by intermittent renewable energy sources like wind and solar –– a topic made especially timely by Alberta’s recent cold snap, when temperatures remained below -30 degrees Celsius for a week and forced the province’s electric system operator to issue multiple alerts, in part due to low wind generation

“We know the wind doesn’t always blow and the sun doesn’t always shine,” Mertiny said during the talk. “If we can store the energy that’s generated by wind and sun, we can deploy it when it’s needed. Storage could make renewables a player during peak times in the energy market.”

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