EDMONTON, March 28 /CNW/ - Powering a robust economy in Alberta into the
future is going to take some smart thinking and clear information on all the
energy technology options. Alberta Research Council (ARC) is collaborating
with a top American energy organization, Idaho National Laboratory, to
research some of those energy options and provide the scientific and
engineering information that will help guide industry and policy-makers
through the maze of energy technology alternatives.
The two research and development powerhouses have signed a Memorandum of
Understanding to collaborate on a series of energy/environmental research and
development initiatives. One of the many concepts the organizations will be
evaluating is the potential application of current and future nuclear energy
technology within the context of Alberta's specific conditions and industry
"As a leading research and development agency in North America, Alberta
Research Council routinely looks to focus its own efforts and to add to its
skills by forming strategic relationships with other credible agencies to
benefit Albertans," says Ian Potter, ARC vice-president of energy. "The MOU
with INL provides mutually beneficial expertise that will be critical in the
orderly assessment and development of Alberta's natural resources in an energy
dependent world. We are confident that work carried out under the MOU with INL
will enable us to provide solid information on these energy options to
industry, the public and policy-makers."
INL and ARC will collaboratively develop an advisory report covering
various aspects of potential introduction of nuclear energy into Alberta, for
both electrical generation and also in relation to possible interaction in oil
sands development. They will pay specific attention to environmental impact,
industrial integration and holistic cost-effectiveness.
"Meeting our province's electricity demands both now and in the future
begins with reliable and clear information on all of the available energy
options," says Mel Knight, Alberta's Minister of Energy. "We welcome
collaborations such as the one announced between the Alberta Research Council
and Idaho National Laboratories to provide the solid analysis and research on
the options available to address Alberta's unique needs."
Through all collaborations, Alberta Research Council maintains its focus
on finding innovative and cost-effective solutions to industry issues for the
benefit of all Albertans, with careful consideration to environmental and
economic sustainability. ARC has provided credible, independent evaluation and
research on behalf of Albertans for more than 85 years, teaming up with other
provincial, national and international organizations to access and contribute
to the world's best knowledge in key sectors.
The Alberta Research Council develops and helps partners deploy leading
edge technology in our province, across the nation and around the world. Since
1921, our history of success demonstrates that by putting technology to work,
ARC contributes to building a prosperous province, securing a sustainable
future and maintaining a high quality of life for Albertans.
Visit us at www.arc.ab.ca.
With 3,800 scientists, researchers and support staff, the Idaho National
Laboratory is a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) energy systems laboratory that
leads at the intersection of science and applied research relevant to
identifying and demonstrating future energy options. INL provides technology
innovation and risk assessments to government and industry decision makers,
based on nearly 60 years of nuclear and energy systems research.
Visit us at www.inl.gov.
For further information:
For further information: Steve Hogle, Vice President of Communications
and Public Affairs, Alberta Research Council, (780) 450-5050, (780) 293-5050,
Steve.firstname.lastname@example.org; Bonni Clark, Corporate Relations, Alberta Research
Council, (780) 450-5277, (780) 722-8672 cell, Bonni.email@example.com; Keith
Arterburn, Senior Media Consultant, Idaho National Laboratory, Phone (208)
526-4845, Cell (208) 351-2999, Keith.Arterburn@inl.gov