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  1. Le conglomérat américain a annoncé avoir signé avec le gouvernement irakien portant sur la fourniture de turbines et de services pour améliorer l'alimentation du pays en électricité. Pour en lire plus...
  2. Quebec funds effort to build $130M river turbine farm on St. Lawrence River BECANCOUR -- The Quebec government is helping to bankroll a $130-million project by RER Hydro, Hydro-Quebec and Boeing to generate clean energy on the St. Lawrence River in what officials say would be the world's largest river-generated turbine farm. The three-phase project could eventually culminate in nine megawatts of renewable power being generated in Montreal from 46 riverbed turbines, with installation beginning in 2016. The province could contribute up to a maximum of $85 million in equity and loans. That's on top of the $3 million it has already provided RER Hydro Inc. for its initial $230-million prototype testing phase that lasted three years. Quebec, which is a leader in production of hydroelectricity, hopes that the technology will take off and support the manufacture of about 500 turbines annually and some 600 direct and indirect jobs at RER Hydro's plant in Becancour, near Trois-Rivieres. Premier Pauline Marois said at the plant's official opening on Monday that the government is actively helping new industries that hold promise for the Quebec economy, such as its strategy to support the electrification of transportation. "Our participation in this partnership agreement will promote the development of the industrial sector of turbines, which has great economic potential for Quebec, particularly because of the significant export opportunities," Marois said, while also stressing the job creation potential of the project. The technology has global market potential and could supply electricity to isolated communities in Northern Quebec not currently connected to the provincial power grid. The second phase of the project, estimated to cost $51.5 million, would install and test six turbines generating three-quarters of a megawatt of power near the Pont de la Concorde bridge near the Montreal Casino on Ste Helen's Island. About 25 jobs would be created in Becancour and Montreal. It would mark the first commercial sale of RER Hydro's technology. If results are successful, about $81 million would be spent to install a demonstration fleet of 40 turbines beginning in 2016. That would create 90 direct jobs and 80 indirect jobs from various suppliers. Unlike dams, the "hydrokinetic" turbines generate clean power without disrupting the river flow or the natural habitat of fish or other marine life, said RER Hydro CEO Imad Hamad. "This new industry will help to further transform Quebec's natural resources for the benefit of Quebecers," Hamad said. RER and Boeing (NYSE:BA), the U.S. aerospace and defence giant, signed an agreement last year giving Boeing exclusive rights to market and sell the turbines around the world. Boeing is providing program management, engineering, manufacturing and supplier-management expertise, in addition to servicing the turbines. "This agreement between industry and government will deliver renewable power while protecting the environment," said Dennis Muilenburg, CEO of Boeing Defense, Space & Security. "It also builds on Boeing's long-term, strategic partnership with Canada, supporting customers from aerospace and defence to clean energy, generating high-quality jobs and making a difference in the community." Boeing says it works with 40 suppliers in Quebec, contributing to the $1 billion in economic activity the company generates annually across Canada. Read more:
  3. Hydro-électricité Les éoliennes de la mer Mise à jour le samedi 26 juillet 2008, 17 h 24 . Une entreprise américaine souhaite installer des turbines au fond du fleuve Saint-Laurent, à la hauteur de Cornwall, pour produire de l'électricité. L'Ontario investit près de 2 millions de dollars dans ce projet de centrale sous-marine. L'efficacité de ces turbines, qui ont des allures d'éoliennes, a déjà été testée dans les environs de New York par l'entreprise américaine Verdant Power. Les marées les avaient cependant endommagés. L'absence de mouvements des eaux dans le fleuve devrait permettre d'éviter ce problème. Par ailleurs, les turbines ne seront pas fixées au fond du cours d'eau, comme ce fut le cas dans le projet américain. Le promoteur estime que la manoeuvre aurait été trop coûteuse. Les mécanismes seront plutôt insérés dans un long tube. Le directeur de l'Institut des sciences environnementales du fleuve Saint-Laurent, Jeff Ridal, estime que le promoteur a tiré des leçons de ses erreurs passées. L'entreprise Verdant Power précise d'ailleurs qu'elle s'assurera que ses installations ne nuiront ni à la navigation, ni à la flore et à la faune. De son côté, le maire de Cornwall, Bob Kilger, croit qu'il s'agit d'une source d'énergie très attrayante. « Le fleuve Saint-Laurent a toujours été au coeur de notre économie », indique-t-il. À terme, le projet devrait produire 15 mégawatts ce qui permettrait d'alimenter plus de 11 000 maisons. Si les autorisations sont accordées, la première turbine pourrait être installée dans le fleuve, près de Cornwall, dès l'an prochain.
  4. St. Lawrence River to become a power plant? Tue Jul 27, 2:03 PM By The Canadian Press MONTREAL - The mighty St. Lawrence River will soon be home to a power-generating pilot project that could one day churn in rivers across Canada. The company that builds the underwater river turbines says the test phase will start off small, producing enough energy to power 750 homes. But RSW Inc. president Georges Dick says the technology has huge potential in Canada's biggest waterways, including the Mackenzie, Peace and Fraser rivers. The federal and provincial governments are funding one-third of the $18 million project. Federal Natural Resources Minister Christian Paradis says it's a low-cost, renewable energy source that will create hundreds of jobs. Paradis insists the spinning blades inside the three-metre-high turbines will not have an impact on underwater wildlife. The pilot project will see two turbines plunked into water off the shores of Montreal in the coming weeks. Quebec hopes to eventually use the technology to power its northern communities, which rely heavily on polluting diesel-fuelled generators.