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Canada’s hydrocarbon endowment has made energy a pillar of our economy, but environmental and societal imperatives compel us to develop new and sustainable approaches to producing, transporting and using energy.
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Our future energy needs will not be met by one source, but many. Hydrocarbons, wind, solar, biomass, geothermal, hydro, nuclear, and other technologies can all contribute to a complex system that meets our society's increasing energy needs, while reducing our carbon footprint.
  
The University of Alberta proposes to establish the Future Energy Systems Research Institute (FESRI) to develop a path to the responsible development and use of Canada’s multi-trillion-dollar energy resources, while facilitating a smooth transition to a lower-carbon energy economy.
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Future Energy Systems focuses on multidisciplinary research that develops the energy technologies of the near future, explores how these technologies can be integrated into our present-day infrastructure, and examines possible consequences for our society and the economy. It also develops potential solutions for the challenges created by existing energy systems.
  
FESRI will establish an integrated research program uniting University of Alberta researchers in engineering, sciences, social sciences, humanities, business and law. FESRI will concern itself both with:
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By considering complete energy systems, this research initiative moves beyond the development of individual technologies, and addresses the real complexities of integrating new energy sources on a global scale.
  
* finding solutions to the critical challenges of today’s energy system, which is vital to Canada’s current economy; and
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By operating in a multidisciplinary manner, our work trains graduate students who will contribute to global energy innovation for years to come.
* developing technologies and practices that position Canada to thrive in a future, lower-carbon economy.
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FESRI will directly address challenges for developing Canada’s unconventional hydrocarbon resources: tailings, water use, greenhouse gas emissions, land reclamation, and safe and efficient energy transportation. Its research program is aimed at ensuring that Canada benefits—in terms of jobs, revenue and reputation—from the continued responsible development of this natural resource. FESRI is also focused on the opportunities for Canada in the future, low-carbon economy.
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By addressing questions such as the energy and carbon requirements of new technologies, the challenges of widespread integration, and the social and economic consequences of change, Future Energy Systems researchers work together to shape our world’s complex energy future.
 
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By concentrating on the University of Alberta’s strengths, including advanced materials, smart electrical grids, and bioprocessing, the institute can accelerate Canada’s transition toward more renewable sources of energy. Embedding experts in the humanities, social sciences and law within FESRI is key to achieving the goal of developing new and sustainable energy systems in a just and equitable manner.
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FESRI is the beginning of a comprehensive research enterprise, envisioned to continue long after Canada First Research Excellence Fund funding ends. FESRI will build a new energy future for Canada, propelling our country to world leadership in energy technology development and use.
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Revision as of 17:19, 19 April 2017

Our future energy needs will not be met by one source, but many. Hydrocarbons, wind, solar, biomass, geothermal, hydro, nuclear, and other technologies can all contribute to a complex system that meets our society's increasing energy needs, while reducing our carbon footprint.

Future Energy Systems focuses on multidisciplinary research that develops the energy technologies of the near future, explores how these technologies can be integrated into our present-day infrastructure, and examines possible consequences for our society and the economy. It also develops potential solutions for the challenges created by existing energy systems.

By considering complete energy systems, this research initiative moves beyond the development of individual technologies, and addresses the real complexities of integrating new energy sources on a global scale.

By operating in a multidisciplinary manner, our work trains graduate students who will contribute to global energy innovation for years to come.

By addressing questions such as the energy and carbon requirements of new technologies, the challenges of widespread integration, and the social and economic consequences of change, Future Energy Systems researchers work together to shape our world’s complex energy future.