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Successful geothermal session held at Arctic Circle Forum in Quebec City, Canada

INRS meeting in Quebec City, December 2016 (source: INRS)
Alexander Richter 17 Dec 2016

A successful geothermal workshop was held as part of the recent Arctic Circle Forum in Québec City, Canada by INRS together with researchers from Canada, Iceland and Sweden.

As part of the recently held Arctic Circle Forum in Québec City in Canada, December 8-9, 2016, INRS (Institut national de la recherche scientifique) organized and held a geothermal symposium and a workshop to define northern energy solutions. The meetings with INRS were realized in collaboration with Icelandic and Swedish researchers.

The workshop was a direct consequence to the international cooperation agreement signed during the Arctic Circle Assembly in October this year, between INRS, Laval University, Hydro-Québec, Ouranos, the University of Iceland, Reykjavik University, Landsvirkjun and the Icelandic meteorological office.

During the geothermal symposium, guest speaker Sigrún Nanna Karlsdóttir (University of Iceland), Juliet Ann Newson (Reykjavik University), José Acuña Sequra (KTH Royal Institute of Technology) and Marc-André Richard (Hydro-Québec) presented their research along with students, researchers and postdoctoral fellows of INRS and Laval University.

The symposium presentations showed the importance of geothermal research with respect to new development of the drilling sector that can affect energy markets and the need for further demonstration projects to expand geothermal production.

Additional researchers form Hydro-Québec and Landsvirkjun joined the group for the workshop to explorer energy problematics of the arctic circle countries, share knowledge and expertise and develop potential new projects. Northern energy needs and climate changes must be better studied to adapt energy systems in the arctic environment. The group of researcher is looking to foster renewable energy development in the north by encouraging student exchanges over summer field school and ongoing research projects as well as developing new research projects on integrated northern energy systems.

Picture above was taken at the event and shows, left to right: José Acuña Sequra (KTH Royal Institute of Technology), René Therrien (U. Laval), Louis Gosselin (U. Laval), Félix-Antoine Comeau (INRS), Óli Grétar Blöndal Sveinsson (Landsvirkjun), ), Jasmin Raymond (INRS), René Roy (Ouranos), Gaétan Lantagne (Hydro-Québec), Hakim Nesreddine (Hydro-Québec), Juliet Ann Newson (Reykjavik University), Ari Kristinn Jónsson (Reykjavik Uuniversity) and Sigrún Nanna Karlsdóttir (University of Iceland)).

More about the Northern Geothermal Potential Research Chair can be found here: http://www.inrs.ca/english/research-centres/ete/northern-geothermal-potential-research-chair

Source: Press Release by INRS