Wednesday, 29 December 2010

Yukoner Paul Nicklen piles up photo awards

Yukoner Paul Nicklen piles up photo awards
Yukon photographer Paul Nicklen has had a lot to celebrate this month — even without Christmas.
Full Story:
http://links.cbc.ca/a/l.x?T=jncickhjpedeaolaehldghfhda&M=32

[excerpts]

The Christmas 2010 issue of Outdoor Photographer magazine named Nicklen one of the world's 40 most influential nature photographers; he is featured in the cover story in the January 2011 issue of Photo Life magazine; and earlier this month, Up Here named him Northerner of the Year.

Earlier this year, Nicklen won first prize for nature photography in the World Press Awards, and he had two images selected for inclusion in the International League of Conservation Photographers' 40 Best Nature Photographs of All Time auction.

[...]

Nicklen grew up on Baffin Island in Nunavut, studied marine biology at the University of Victoria for four years and then worked as a wildlife biologist in the Northwest Territories for four years.

He now lives just outside of Whitehorse, but he travels the world, taking photos and writing for National Geographic.

He's passionate about the wildlife he photographs and feels his images are a way of helping to preserve what he loves.

"Recently, we influenced Parliament to vote against oil tankers in the Great Bear Rainforest on the B.C. coast because a team of photojournalists … went in there this summer," he said. "We've been working on a lot of different campaigns."


2011 #Yukon #NWT & #Nunavut Automobile Deduction Limits & Expense Benefit Rates for Business

Ottawa, December 29, 2010
2010-134

Government Announces 2011 Automobile Deduction Limits and Expense Benefit Rates for Business

The Honourable Jim Flaherty, Minister of Finance, today announced that the automobile expense deduction limits and the prescribed rates for the automobile operating expense benefit will remain unchanged for 2011. The Government reviews these rates and limits annually. Specifically:

  • The ceiling on the capital cost of passenger vehicles for capital cost allowance (CCA) purposes will remain at $30,000 (plus applicable federal and provincial sales taxes) for purchases after 2010. This ceiling restricts the cost of a vehicle on which CCA may be claimed for business purposes.
  • The maximum allowable interest deduction for amounts borrowed to purchase an automobile will remain at $300 per month for loans related to vehicles acquired after 2010.
  • The limit on deductible leasing costs will remain at $800 per month (plus applicable federal and provincial sales taxes) for leases entered into after 2010. This limit is one of two restrictions on the deduction of automobile lease payments. A separate restriction prorates deductible lease costs where the value of the vehicle exceeds the capital cost ceiling.
  • The limit on the deduction of tax-exempt allowances paid by employers to employees using their personal vehicle for business purposes for 2011 will remain at 52 cents per kilometre for the first 5,000 kilometres driven and 46 cents for each additional kilometre. For Yukon, the Northwest Territories and Nunavut, the tax-exempt allowance will remain at 56 cents for the first 5,000 kilometres driven and 50 cents for each additional kilometre.
  • The general prescribed rate used to determine the taxable benefit relating to the personal portion of automobile operating expenses paid by employers for 2011 will remain at 24 cents per kilometre. For taxpayers employed principally in selling or leasing automobiles, the prescribed rate will remain at 21 cents per kilometre. The additional benefit of having an employer-provided vehicle available for personal use (i.e., the automobile standby charge) is calculated separately and is also included in the employee's income.

____________________________________
For further information, media may contact:

Annette Robertson
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Finance
613-996-7861

Jack Aubry
Media Relations
Department of Finance
613-996-8080

Tuesday, 28 December 2010

Deh Cho Bridge builder Atcon "a corporate shell" had been "...losing money year after year after year" and owed roughly $250 million

Editor's note: The Times & Transcript has selected the Top News Stories of 2010. The following story is a part of that series, which will culminate with the year's Top 10 News Stories in the New Year's Day edition

[excerpt]

http://nbbusinessjournal.canadaeast.com/transcript/article/1365400

"... But by January 2010 Atcon had been removed from the $165-million Deh Cho Bridge project in NWT which it had invested so much time and effort into - the Atcon thread began to unravel and many in New Brunswick who had dealt with the company knew what was likely coming.

And by March it was in a Miramichi courtroom struggling for survival, with the company's long list of creditors taking Tozer's empire to court over millions of dollars owed.

The saga of Atcon's finances quickly became an embarrassment, with a debt list released showing the company owed not only massive sums to large firms, but also owed as little as a few dollars here and there to Miramichi taxi companies and restaurants for tabs not paid up.

In total, Atcon owed roughly $250 million to several secured and unsecured creditors, including $50 million to the provincial government and $49 million to ScotiaBank.

Arguing on behalf of ScotiaBank, Atcon's primary lender, attorney Josh McElman painted a grim portrait of the company, saying that it was in no position to continue on.

"They're not doing construction work because (Atcon) Construction has no work, it's a corporate shell," McElman said.

"These companies have been losing money year after year after year."

[...]

The decision by the Graham [New Brunswick] government to hand over $50 million to a company with ties to the former premier's family - Graham's father was a board member on an Atcon subsidiary - ultimately played a role in the demise of the Liberal government in September.

The Atcon handout was viewed by many political observers as one of the main areas of discontent among voters in the last election, right behind the failed deal to sell portions of NB Power to Hydro Quebec. ..."

Wednesday, 8 December 2010

Yellowkife's First Holiday Art Retailer Tour (HART)

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Colin Dempsey <colinATtheartofconsultingDOTca>
Date: 8 December 2010 09:40
Subject: Holiday Art Retailer Tour (HART)
To: Colin Dempsey <colinATtheartofconsultingDOTca>


Good Morning,

I would like to invite you all to participate in the 1st Annual Holiday Art Retailer Tour (HART) beginning this Saturday. 

Of course, our downtown has a vibrant and ecclectic mix of art, but how often do we take the time to connect with the artists and businesses that make up our city's cultural identity?  Yellowknife is known for the quality and variety of our locally produced art and crafts, so let's get out to appreciate what so many travel great distances to experience.  Local art is the heart of downtown Yellowknife and this is a great opportunity to support our community's artists and art based businesses. 

Got any last minute gifts to buy?  Is that one person who has everything still on your shopping list?  Done shopping for everyone else, but still haven't picked up anything for yourself?  This is your last chance to finish up all your gift purchasing and to do it while supporting the community we all love and earning a chance to win great prizes.

Attached you will find a poster with all the details regarding this great new event.  Also, you will find the HART Passport, which is your ticket to join in on the fun.  All you have to do is bring your passport to each of the listed locations to collect stamps.  Completed cards can be dropped off at The Gallery on 47th Street (formerly the Dawn Oman Studio) for your chance to win a basket of gift cards and prizes provided by HART participants.  Let's all get out and show our local artists and art retailers that Yellowknife has HART!

Any questions should be directed to myself at colinATtheartofconsultingDOTca or at 867-445-2017.  Please feel free to distribute this poster and passport to anyone who enjoys local art or a fun day of shopping around town.

Thank you,

Colin Dempsey
Dempsey Consulting & Business Services
"The Art of Consulting."

Hart Poster                                                            

Hart Passport                                                            

Inuvik NWT's Great Northern Arts Festival applications open

Applications are now being accepted for the 23rd Annual Great Northern Arts Festival located in Inuvik, Northwest Territories.

The Great Northern Arts festival's vision is to promote emerging, established, or masters artists from the circumpolar North within the following artistic mediums; sculpture, metalsmiting, traditional arts, painting, printmaking, and textiles. This year the festival will emphasize Jewelry, which can be interpreted in any medium or art form.

This 10-day festival is a unique experience of living and working in a truly inspirational setting, linking artists from across Canada's North.

Applications can be downloaded at www.gnaf.org/artists.html

For more Information contact:

Artistic Director Jennifer Bowen

Email: delta_skywise@me.com

work: 867-668-5231

cell: 867-335-1014

Friday, 3 December 2010

Health Minister Leona Aglukkaq Announces Support for Crime Prevention in the Northwest Territories

Dec 02, 2010 18:53 ET

Health Minister Leona Aglukkaq Announces Support for Crime Prevention in the Northwest Territories

Program offers at-risk children and youth life skills to make smart choices

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Dec. 2, 2010) - Today, the Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Member of Parliament for Nunavut, Regional Minister for the North and Minister of Health, on behalf of the Honourable Vic Toews, Minister of Public Safety, announced funding for projects aimed at helping at-risk children and youth in several communities in the Northwest Territories avoid criminal activities. The Government is delivering more than $7.8 million in support of three crime prevention projects called A Community within a Community: A Culture-Based Leadership and Resiliency Program, Youth Drop-In Centre and the Family Group Conferencing Model of Intervention.

"Today's announcement is welcome news for families in the Northwest Territories. This Government is committed to preventing crime and building safer communities," said Minister Aglukkaq. "The support we are announcing today demonstrates our ongoing efforts at reducing crime, and will provide at-risk children and youth in these communities with the tools they need to make smart choices."

"Crime prevention is a focal point of our efforts to strengthen community health in the Northwest Territories," says Northwest Territories Minister of Justice Jackson Lafferty. "Today's funding announcement supports our work and commitment to grass roots prevention programs that serve to improve the long term well-being of our population."

Through the National Crime Prevention Strategy's (NCPS) Northern and Aboriginal Crime Prevention Fund and the Crime Prevention Action Fund, the Government of Canada is providing funding to three projects in the Northwest Territories. These projects will promote youth development through community involvement, provide positive mentorship and help prevent their involvement in substance use and criminal activity.

The NCPS is administered by the National Crime Prevention Centre within Public Safety Canada. The strategy provides funding support to selected projects that help prevent crime and increase knowledge about effective crime prevention measures. The NCPS's priorities are: 

  • addressing early risk factors among vulnerable children, youth, and young adults;

  • preventing recidivism among high-risk offenders;

  • fostering crime prevention in Aboriginal and Northern communities; and

  • preventing youth gang and drug-related crime.

For more information, please visit the website www.publicsafety.gc.ca

For more information, please contact

Public Safety Canada
Media Relations
613-991-0657

Saturday, 27 November 2010

George Lessard webcasting George Galloway's Yellowknife, NWT, Canada event....

George Lessard webcasting George Galloway's Yellowknife, NWT, Canada event....
is now archived on line... embed codes available at
http://www.livestream.com/rabbletv/video?clipId=pla_9f0a7ebc-e4f5-4004-a00f-34d95c94f2c1

George Galloway speaking from Yellowknife NWT, Canada

On Nov. 24 former British MP George Galloway visited the Northwest Territories, part of a 10-day, 10-city pan-Canadian speaking tour.

Local sponsors of the visit include Alternatives North, Public Service Alliance of Canada, Northwest Territories Federation of Labour, and Union of Northern Workers.

Mr. Galloway is an internationally-recognized advocate for human rights and fair treatment for Palestinians. He has been an outspoken critic of western involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan, and led three humanitarian convoys to Gaza.

http://rabble.ca/rabbletv/program-guide/2010/11/features/watch-tonight-george-galloway-live-yellowknife

Webcast produced by George Lessard http://mediamentor.ca for http://rabble.ca/rabbletv

Photo ©2010 Ben Morgan

George Lessard webcasting George Galloway's Yellowknife, NWT, Canada event..

George Lessard (right) webcasting George Galloway's Yellowknife, NWT, Canada event....
is now archived on line... embed codes available at
http://www.livestream.com/rabbletv/video?clipId=pla_9f0a7ebc-e4f5-4004-a00f-34d95c94f2c1

George Galloway speaking from Yellowknife NWT, Canada

On Nov. 24 former British MP George Galloway visited the Northwest Territories, part of a 10-day, 10-city pan-Canadian speaking tour.

Local sponsors of the visit include Alternatives North, Public Service Alliance of Canada, Northwest Territories Federation of Labour, and Union of Northern Workers.

Mr. Galloway is an internationally-recognized advocate for human rights and fair treatment for Palestinians. He has been an outspoken critic of western involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan, and led three humanitarian convoys to Gaza.

http://rabble.ca/rabbletv/program-guide/2010/11/features/watch-tonight-george-galloway-live-yellowknife

Webcast produced by George Lessard http://mediamentor.ca for http://rabble.ca/rabbletv

Photo ©2010 Josh Campbell

Gwich'in RADIO CBQM now LIVE STREAMING from Canada's Arctic

RT @northern_clips: Gwich'in RADIO CBQM now LIVE STREAMING from 150 km N
of the Arctic Circle in Ft Mc Pherson #NWT
http://ow.ly/3giVv
1stNation
indigenous aborignal

See a clips from Dennis Allen's National Film Board of Canada's film here
http://www.nfb.ca/film/cbqm_radio_trailer

"...Dennis Allen's feature-length documentary is about Fort McPherson, a
Teetl'it Gwich'in community in the Northwest Territories, and its
citizen-run radio station. A resilient expression of Aboriginal pride,
CBQM serves a far-flung and loyal listenership – and plays the best damn
country music in the Mackenzie Delta. ..."

Friday, 26 November 2010

Webcast of George Galloway speaking from Yellowknife NWT, Canada archived on http://rabble.ca/rabbletv

George Galloway speaking from Yellowknife NWT, Canada

On Nov. 24 former British MP George Galloway visited the Northwest Territories, part of a 10-day, 10-city pan-Canadian speaking tour.

Local sponsors of the visit include Alternatives North, Public Service Alliance of Canada, Northwest Territories Federation of Labour, and Union of Northern Workers.

Mr. Galloway is an internationally-recognized advocate for human rights and fair treatment for Palestinians. He has been an outspoken critic of western involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan, and led three humanitarian convoys to Gaza.


rabbletv on livestream.com. Broadcast Live Free


http://rabble.ca/rabbletv/program-guide/2010/11/features/watch-tonight-george-galloway-live-yellowknife

Webcast produced by George Lessard http://mediamentor.ca for http://rabble.ca/rabbletv



Wednesday, 24 November 2010

LAUNCH OF NWT Health Network DVD "SEXO QUIZ" in #YZF #NWT

LAUNCH OF DVD SEXO QUIZ

Yellowknife, November 24, 2010 - It is with great pride that The NWT Health Network invites you to the French official launch of his new DVD entitled: Sexo Quiz.

The launch will take place: from Friday, November 26, 2010 17h to 19h, the Northern Visitors Center.

Designed in collaboration with TNO and Youth conducted as part of a prevention program against HIV / AIDS and Sexually Transmitted Infections of the Public Health Agency of Canada, Sexo Quiz is a quiz designed to inform young people humorous way, about their sexual health.

Comprising five vignettes presented in a format of quizzes, vox pop or dramatic, DVD Sexo Quiz addresses both the prevention of HIV and sexually transmitted infections that romantic relationships between young people. Enthusiastic about this new tool for outreach, NWT Health Network in French wants to distribute this work in several national networks.

The NWT Health Network in French is one of 17 health networks in French provincial and territorial consolidated into a national movement in French Society Health to improve the health and well-being of the Francophone and Acadian minority in Canada.

 

Schedule of launch:

17h15: Arrival of guests

17h30: Arrival of comedians

17h40: Introductory Remarks NVESTMENT

17h45: Message from the President Youth NWT

17h50: Screening of a capsule SEXO QUIZ

18:00: Interview Period

18h30: Word of thanks

 

For more information contact Andréanne Laporte, Communications Coordinator FFT communicationsfft@franco-nord.com 867-920-2919 ext 268

 

LOGO-FFT-COUL

 

 

 

 

COMMUNIQUÉ INVITATION

Pour diffusion immédiate

LANCEMENT DU DVD SEXO QUIZ

Yellowknife, 24 novembre 2010 – C'est avec une grande fierté que Le Réseau TNO santé en français vous invite au lancement officiel de son tout nouveau DVD intitulé : Sexo Quiz.

Le lancement  aura lieu : vendredi 26 novembre 2010 de 17h à 19h, au Northern Visitors Centre.

Conçu en collaboration avec Jeunesse TNO et réalisé dans le cadre du programme de prévention contre le VIH/Sida et les infections transmissibles sexuellement de l'Agence de la Santé publique du Canada,  Sexo Quiz est un jeu-questionnaire,  destiné à informer les jeunes de manière humoristique, sur leur santé sexuelle.

Regroupant cinq capsules présentées dans un format de quiz, de vox pop ou de dramatique, le DVD Sexo Quiz aborde autant la prévention du VIH et des Infections transmises sexuellement que les relations amoureuses entre jeunes. Enthousiaste envers ce nouvel outil d'information et de sensibilisation, Le Réseau TNO santé en français souhaite diffuser cette création dans plusieurs réseaux nationaux.

Le Réseau TNO santé en français est l'un des 17 réseaux Santé en français provinciaux et territoriaux regroupés au sein d'un mouvement national Société Santé en français visant à l'amélioration de la santé et du mieux-être des communautés francophones et acadiennes en situation minoritaire au Canada.

 

Horaire du lancement:

17h15 : Arrivée des invités

17h30 : Arrivée des comédiens

17h40 : Mot d'introduction du lacement

17h45 : Mot du Président Jeunesse TNO

17h50 : Visionnement d'une capsule SEXO QUIZ

18h00 : Période d'entrevue

18h30 : Mot de remerciement

 

Pour de plus amples informations communiquez avec Andréanne Laporte, Coordonnatrice des communications FFT, communicationsfft@franco-nord.com 867-920-2919 poste 268

 

jtno

 


Monday, 22 November 2010

#YZF #NWT Art Expo Sale - Fine Art & Crafts - Aurora Arts Society

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Caitlin Lacey <caitlinlaceyATyelDOTmackayDOTca>
Date: 22 November 2010 08:21
Subject: Art Expo Sale - Fine Art & Crafts - Aurora Arts Society
To:


Yellowknife's largest Fine Arts & Crafts sale of the season!

The Aurora Arts Society is hosting the 3rd Annual ART EXPO sale, November 27 & 28, 10:00am-4:00pm at the Multiplex

Over 18 Arts Society members will be selling their work. See the attached poster for details

Pass the word along - See you there!

info@aurora-arts.nt.ca

Sunday, 21 November 2010

INUIT: The Ultimate Aborigines - more-or-less permanently stereotyped as living in the distant and primitive past.

Even more than Indians, the Eskimo (or Inuit) seem to be America's symbol for primitiveness. The prevailing myth is that they lived (live?) in ice houses, hunted seals, and had "loose" sexual practices. Need a handy metaphor for people so backward they have no knowledge of wood or metal,  much less modern technology? Use the Eskimo.

The reality of Inuit life today, like the reality of all indigenous lives today, is much different. But the Inuit are more-or-less permanently stereotyped as living in the distant and primitive past.

For more discussion of this issue, see the contest entries below.

http://www.bluecorncomics.com/eskimos.htm

Eskimos in the Stereotype of the Month contest
Palin rap features "Eskimos" (dead link)
New Yorker cartoon:  Eskimo is "retired" to die on an ice floe
Dentist:  Cultures allowing tooth decay "will soon disappear"
McCartney:  Inuit seal hunts are "stain" on Canada's character
In the Bleachers:  Eskimos play b-ball in parkas near igloo
Bizarro shows Eskimos in parkas building igloos like gerbils
Brevity:  Eskimos use many words because they can't spell
Mr. Boffo depicts Eskimos savoring subzero temperature
Mr. Boffo portrays Eskimos using ice cubes to keep warm
Non Sequitur shows Eskimo with parka in kayak by igloo
Bizarro depicts igloos melting because of global warming
Gilmore Girls:  "What the hell are the Eskimos thinking?"
New drink good only for "microwave-challenged Eskimos"
Bizarro portrays Inuit as hypocrites for wanting to hunt
Rhymes With Orange mocks chandelier-decorated igloo
Baby seal ad implies the Inuit aren't in tune with nature
Vanilla Coke commercial impugns Eskimos' sexuality
Mr. Boffo implies igloos are poorly designed for the cold
Dennis the Menace shows Eskimo kid with parka, igloo
JAMA article:  Yupik elders retreat to the wilderness to die
Finger puppet set includes an Eskimo with polar animals
Alphabet products show igloos among animal kingdom

More on Eskimos and Alaskan Natives
Debunking Alaskan Native stereotypes
Native Alaskans vs. soda pop
King Lear with Eskimos
Preview of HELLCAT mini-series
More Indian bits in Family Guy
Sunglasses and snowmobiles
How Alaskan Natives get drunk
Images from The Simpsons Movie
Medicine woman in The Simpsons Movie
Hollywood's take on Eskimos
More Eskimos on ice

Related links
Savage Indians
Uncivilized Indians
Kinky Indian sex

All material © copyright its original owners, except where noted.
Original text and pictures © copyright 2007 by Robert Schmidt.

Copyrighted material is posted under the Fair Use provision of the Copyright Act,
which allows copying for nonprofit educational uses including criticism and commentary.

Comments sent to the publisher become the property of Blue Corn Comics
and may be used in other postings without permission.


Saturday, 20 November 2010

Yellowknife No. 9 of Lonely Planet's 2011 "The 10 greatest comeback cities" #YZF #NWT

The 10 greatest comeback cities

http://www.lonelyplanet.com/canada/northwest-territories/yellowknife/travel-tips-and-articles/76179

Toss aside your preconceptions, and come with us on a tour of the greatest comeback cities in the world, with this excerpt from Lonely Planet's Best in Travel 2011. Once deep down in the urban dumps, these cities have bounced back from the brink of becoming no-go destinations, turning tumultuous pasts into tourist drawcards.

"...

9. Yellowknife, Canada

Yellowknife rose to riches when gold was discovered nearby and slumped right back when gold-mining waned during the 1990s. Now the metropolis of Canada's Northwest Territories (population almost 20,000) has again put its dark days behind it. Thanks to a diamond boom the economy is as buoyant as a Hudson Bay seal pup and the town is reaping the benefits. Now a state-of-the-art heritage centre looks back fondly on the gold rush. Meanwhile, in quirky Old Town (known as 'The Rock'), designer architecture is replacing the ramshackle huts of old; the wonderful Wildcat Cafe serves as a reminder of the town's tough gold-prospecting times gone by...."



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Friday, 19 November 2010

An intimate evening with "Made in the North" #YZF #NWT artists



---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Caitlin Lacey <caitlinlaceyATyelDOTmackayDOTca>
Date: 19 November 2010 09:24
Subject: An intimate evening with "Made in the North" artists
To:


Message below from Gisele Forget. 

For more information or to book a space, please contact Gisele at lizardATssimicroDOTcom or 445-2403

 

An Intimate Evening with "Made in the North" Artists

Artist Exhibition & Sale

Sat. Nov. 27, 6 – 10pm

 

Hors d/oeuvres & beverages, music, and candlelight.

 

Cost to artist to book a space is $50. 

Artists need to bring their own tables & supplies.  Table space is limited to 6x6 per artist.

 

Location:

Nadji Architects building ~ upstairs apartment

Old Town, next to boat launch & across from Just Furs

 

Conditional use of space:

Customers remove foot ware at entrance

No damage to walls

Nothing hung on walls

 

 


Vote for NWT SPCA through the Aviva Community Fund - Help us move forward with our shelter dream!!!



---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Sarah Hunt <sarjhuntAThotmailDOTcom>
Date: 19 November 2010 09:09
Subject: Vote for NWT SPCA through the Aviva Community Fund - Help us move forward with our shelter dream!!!
To:


Hey everyone,
 
I would like to encourage you all to please vote for us through the Aviva Community Fund initiative. We have a chance at winning a grant anywhere from $100,000 to $500,000 so we can finally really get started on our long-time dream of having a new shelter in  Yellowknife so we can save more abandoned, homeless, and neglected animals throughout the Northwest Territories.  We are in Round 3 right now towards getting a place in the Semi-Finals and we need to stay in the top 10 for our category in order to move on to the next stage! I KNOW that we can do this but we NEED as many votes as we can possibly get so please, it only takes a couple of seconds to register, and you have 10 votes to use up to November 26th (the last day of the qualifying round for the Semi-Finals). You can vote once a day, but can put multiple votes in if you have multiple email addresses that you can register and put your one vote a day in under your different email addresses.  I have spoken to some people who have even went to the extent of creating new email accounts solely so they can vote more for us!! Amazing support!!!
 
Please follow the below web address to register and start voting. And pass it on to your friends, co-workers, and families as well!!! Anyone can vote!
 
 
http://www.avivacommunityfund.org/ideas/acf5887
 
Thanks so much and have a wonderful weekend everyone!
 
Sarah Hunt
Director, NWT SPCA

Wednesday, 17 November 2010

Saturday, 6 November 2010

Tuktoyaktuk Tests Indicate Hybrid wind-diesel power systems reduce costs

Hybrid wind-diesel power systems reduce costs

 

Fuel savings a boon in remote areas. Quebec group's invention a promising solution, Canadian Wind Energy convention hears

 

"...Tests undertaken in the community of Tuktoyaktuk, located in the Northwest Territories on the edge of the Beaufort Sea, produced promising results, the session heard.

Fuel costs dropped by 30 per cent, maintenance costs by 50 per cent and almost 849 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions were cut, Ibrahim said.

These are important savings given that fuel has to be flown in, hauled by barge, or trucked over ice to most remote sites...."

Isolated communities, mining sites and other industrial outposts want to replace their expensive, polluting diesel generators with hybrid power systems that use wind.

And Quebec's Wind Energy TechnoCentre https://www.eolien.qc.ca is working on a promising solution, a session of the Canadian Wind Energy Association http://www.canwea.ca/ convention in Montreal heard yesterday.

It is focused on a wind-diesel hybrid power system that creates and uses compressed air as a storage system for excess wind-generated energy, the centre's research director Hussein Ibrahim told a session on wind-diesel systems.

When the power is needed, the compressed air is used to "turbocharge" the diesel engine.

Tests undertaken in the community of Tuktoyaktuk, located in the Northwest Territories on the edge of the Beaufort Sea, produced promising results, the session heard.

Fuel costs dropped by 30 per cent, maintenance costs by 50 per cent and almost 849 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions were cut, Ibrahim said.

These are important savings given that fuel has to be flown in, hauled by barge, or trucked over ice to most remote sites.

And the average diesel generator requires 20 maintenance visits a year, Ibrahim said.

The TechnoCentre, a non-profit, government-supported venture located in the Gaspe, plans to build a $1.5 million scale model of its hybrid system by 2012, Ibrahim said.

Interest in the system has already been expressed by Xstrata's Raglan nickel mine in northern Quebec and an Algerian state-owned oil and gas company, he said.

Brett Pingree, vice-president of Americas for Northern Power Systems http://www.northernpower.com/ , told yesterday's session that wind-diesel hybrid systems are increasingly popping up in Australia's outbacks and the U.S. state of Alaska.

But in Russia, development of the hybrid systems has ramped up dramatically and is probably related to oil and gas development, he said.

Technical challenges associated with operating wind turbines in isolated -and usually very cold - environments are many, the conference heard.

Key among them are storage issues; how to store large amounts of energy generated by turbines when the wind is blowing for use later when it is not.

Storage systems include batteries, "flywheels," hydrogen storage tanks and compressed air.

The CanWEA conference and trade exhibition began Monday and drew more than 2,300 participants, organizers said.

lmoore@montrealgazette.com



Read more: http://www.montrealgazette.com/technology/Hybrid+wind+diesel+power+systems+reduce+costs/3773930/story.html#ixzz14ZNPm0YV


The Wind Energy TechnoCentre https://www.eolien.qc.ca

The Wind Energy TechnoCentre is a not-for-profit organisation whose mission is to contribute to the development of an industrial wind energy network in Québec, able to compete on North American and world stages, while positioning the Gaspé Peninsula and Magdalen Islands as being central to this emerging niche of Québec's economy. The Wind Energy TechnoCentre has four principal areas of endeavour: technical assistance for businesses, applied research, economic development and communication/events.

Canadian Wind Energy Association  http://www.canwea.ca/

CanWEA is the voice of Canada's wind energy industry, actively promoting the responsible and sustainable growth of wind energy on behalf of its more than 450 members. A national non-profit association, CanWEA serves as Canada's leading source of credible information about wind energy and its social, economic and environmental benefits. The report WindVision 2025 - A Strategy for Québec is available at the following address: http://www.canwea.ca/windvision_quebec_e.php


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