Publications

In tune with the industry's needs!

Every year, Nergica publishes numerous documents on topics of interest for the renewable energy industry. Industry-related news, technical and scientific publications, newsletters, events… publications that reflect the needs and the evolution of the industry!

As Nergica is still in its infancy, some of these documents bear the signature of our former name, i.e. TechnoCentre éolien.

Review of the first Transition Solutions Symposium – key messages

November 18, 2021

Nergica has gathered key actors of the renewable energy sectors to discuss how to tackle the challenges related to the energy transition and find ways to accelerate Canada’s decarbonization path. Here is a summary of the topics discussed during the Transition Solutions Symposium on October 14th.

Energy transition chat: Meet Brandy Giannetta

November 10, 2021

This pan-Canadian series of interviews with experts in their field provides an overview of renewable energy deployment across Canada and the measures being implemented to become carbon neutral. Here is a discussion about the energy transition in Ontario and the importance of policies to enable renewable energy implementation with Brandy Giannetta, Vice-President, Policy, Regulatory and […]

Energy transition chat : meet Dr. Amy Hsiao

October 21, 2021

Today we chat with Dr. Amy Hsiao about how she engages with renewable energies as a sustainable material engineer and WEICan board member. Dr. Hsiao highlights the need for more outreach, communication and education, and how the youths can be leaders of the energy transition.

Interviews with Four Leaders in the Solar Power Industry

October 6, 2021

Interviews with Jean Roy, Mike Perrault, Normand Lord, and Alexandre Pépin-Ross. We talked about the solar photovoltaic (PV) sector in Quebec and the few clouds that limit the development of the solar industry.

National Day of Truth and Reconciliation observed at Nergica

September 30, 2021

This Thursday, September 30, 2021 marks the first ever National Day of Truth and Reconciliation. To provide employees, customers and partners with a time of reflection and remembrance, Nergica joins Canadians in declaring September 30th a national day. This important day commemorates the tragic history of residential schools and honours the missing children and survivors […]

Energy transition chat : meet Dr. Michael Ross

September 24, 2021

Nergica presents a Canada-wide series of interviews with experts in the field of renewable energy, profiling the deployment of technology in different Canadian regions. Today we discuss with Dr. Michael Ross, Industrial Research Chair in Northern Energy Innovation at Yukon College.

Energy transition chat : meet Johanne Whitmore

September 23, 2021

Nergica presents a Canada-wide series of interviews with experts in the field of renewable energy, profiling the deployment of technology in different Canadian regions. Today we discuss with Johanne Whitmore at the Energy Sector Management Chair at HEC Montréal.

Peter Tertzakian has partnered with Nergica as moderator of the Transition Solutions Symposium

September 22, 2021

Nergica is very pleased to introduce Peter Tertzakian - deputy director of the Energy Research Institute, esteemed investment strategist, and international bestseller author - as the moderator of the Transition Solutions Symposium taking place on October 14th.

Profiles of Four Quebec-based Companies Driving the Solar PV Sector

September 1, 2021

Le solaire photovoltaïque attire de plus en plus l’attention au Québec et l’avenir s’annonce prometteur pour ce type d’énergie. L’expertise québécoise en énergie solaire brille de mille feux en ce moment, bien que la puissance installée soit encore limitée sur le territoire. Rencontre avec des représentants de Rematek-Énergie, Saint-Augustin Canada Electric inc. (Stace), WSP et Kruger Énergie à propos de l'essor de la filière solaire au Québec.

Recap of release of the study Solar PV in the Quebec Energy Mix – Analysis and Outlook

May 27, 2021

On May 13, 2021, Nergica published the first in-depth study to be conducted on the potential of solar photovoltaics (PV) and its role in the Quebec energy mix. At the release, highlights of the study were presented by the senior project manager and thematic panels consisting of 10 experts entertained discussions about PV’s promising future. Here is a recap on the main orientations of these panels.

Solar Photovoltaics in Quebec: Competitive with Wind and Hydro by 2030

May 13, 2021

As Quebec forges ahead in its energy transition and ramps up the electrification of its economy, energy needs continue to rise and the province is anticipating an energy shortfall by 2026. Sustainable, flexible and competitive, solar photovoltaics (PV) has expanded substantially throughout the world in recent years, leading to an 85% drop in production costs between 2010 and 2020.

Solar Photovoltaics in Canada and Quebec Energy Mix – Analysis and Outlook

May 13, 2021

Solar photovoltaics is sparking growing interest throughout the world, and Quebec is no exception. This study aimed to assess how solar PV might carve out a key niche in Quebec’s energy mix. In this context, a comprehensive analysis of the solar power market around the globe was conducted in order to identify the options best suited to Quebec based on lessons learned here or abroad.

Nergica receives financial support from Government of Canada to drive energy transition

March 1, 2021

Renewable energy research and innovation centre Nergica receives financial contribution of $1,478,839 from Canada Economic Development for Quebec Regions. This financial support confirms Nergica’s key role in the energy transition.

Trends in Renewables: Recap of Three Events Held in January

February 10, 2021

Nergica a participé au Sommet sur l’opération de CanREA, au Sommet Énergie et au lancement de l’État de l’énergie 2021. Retour sur les grandes tendances et les opportunités qui ont retenu notre attention en ce début d’année 2021.

Nergica Unveils Event Calendar

February 4, 2021

Specially designed for the renewable energy industry, Nergica's event calendar will address the hottest topics for industry players, such as energy storage, solar energy, energy transition and microgrids.

Transition Solutions Symposium

January 25, 2021

Join us on October 14 for the first part of the Transition Solutions Symposium to discuss concrete solutions to four major challenges faced by the Canadian renewable energy industry.

Event: Solar Photovoltaics in Quebec

January 21, 2021

Are you a stakeholder in Quebec’s solar PV sector? Are you interested in chatting with others about opportunities, challenges, solutions and innovations in this sector? By brainstorming together, we can take the solar power sector to the next level!

Storage Braindate

January 21, 2021

Are you interested in energy storage and its multiple applications? Are you involved in the development of these systems or do you wish to educate yourself and use these technologies? Come and chat with others about opportunities, challenges, solutions and innovations!

2019-2020 Annual Report

December 18, 2020

Find out Nergica's main achievements during the financial year which covers the period from July 1, 2019 to June 30, 2020.

Webinar “Integrating Renewables in Remote Communities: How and Why”

December 17, 2020

Do you represent a remote community looking to reduce its reliance on fossil fuels and turn to more economical and environmentally-friendly sources?Integrating renewables onto a remote grid and developing your capacities in this sphere are wise solutions to help make your energy production greener.

Nergica joins institutions across Canada to form Canadian Colleges for a Resilient Recovery

September 25, 2020

Nergica is joining forces with a group of colleges, institutions, polytechnics and CEGEPs from across Canada to educate a post-pandemic workforce to support a new climate-focussed economic recovery.

Government of Canada Supports Nergica in its Renewable Energy Mission

July 23, 2020

Nergica is both delighted and grateful to be the recipient of a $3,350,000 grant awarded by Canada Economic Development for Quebec Regions (CED). The grant covers the fiscal years of 2019 to 2022 and will allow Nergica to continue its pursuit of structuring, developing and sustaining solar and wind power and integrating these technologies onto the grid.

Watch the Webinar “How digital twins can contribute to the effective integration of renewable energy in off-grid networks”

June 22, 2020

During this webinar, Nergica presented what are digital twins and the various opportunities that digital twins offer for off-grid network operations. Whether it be to maximize performance, detect anomalies, reduce downtime, lower operating costs or extend the service life of energy infrastructure, digital twins can help boost the productivity of wind farms, solar arrays and off-grid networks.

Analysis of Power Systems for Oceanographic Buoys

June 17, 2020

Meteorological and oceanographic buoys are used to characterize the different physical and meteorological parameters and variables of the ocean, whether for research or for project development in the private maritime industry. Meteorological and oceanographic parameters are collected and recorded in databases by organizations such as Fisheries and Oceans Canada. To fulfil their functions, buoys must […]

Adapting solar controllers to Canada’s harsh climate

June 17, 2020

Various types of controllers that track the sun and optimize energy production are offered on the market for use in photovoltaic (PV) systems. Commercial programmable logic controllers (PLCs) Electronic platforms such as Arduino and Raspberry PI Controllers included in turn-key tracking systems However, it appears that some of these controllers are incapable of withstanding the […]

Portrait | Karim Belmokhtar

April 30, 2020

Having moved to Canada following a rich career path that took him from Algeria to Quebec with a “layover” in France, Karim is fascinated by renewables and the electrification of communities. As Project Manager for Research and Innovation as well as the head of the Opten research program that includes partners from a broad diversity of backgrounds, he puts his know-how to work to promote renewable energy integration and storage technologies in an effort to ensure a clean, reliable energy supply for as many households as possible.

How can digital twins and real-time simulation facilitate the integration of renewables?

April 30, 2020

Designing new renewable energy systems and integrating them into the existing grid present a large number of challenges, whether it be in terms of defining operating modes, selecting protective elements, grid stability or optimal energy management.

Portrait | Chantal Lemieux

April 24, 2020

Born and raised in the Gaspé Peninsula, Chantal has been with Nergica for over 16 years, making her the longest-serving employee of the organization. Witness of the evolution undergone by Nergica and its predecessor, the TechnoCentre éolien, she currently serves as accounting technician as well as the living memory of a team whom she provides her unwavering support.

Call for Tenders for Acquisition of a Wind Turbine Mechanical Load Measurement System

March 30, 2020

Nergica is currently moving forward, in collaboration with Cégep de la Gaspésie et des Îles, with a Call for Tenders that aims to acquire a wind turbine mechanical load measurement system. The objective of the project is to instrument one of the Senvion turbines installed at Nergica’s research site in Rivière-au-Renard, Québec, Canada.

Solar PV Integration in Cold Climate

March 26, 2020

The culmination of a collaborative research effort between Nergica and CanmetENERGY, this white paper presents the primary factors affecting PV system performance, barriers hampering their deployment in off-grid networks in northern Quebec and northern Canada as well as the performance of these PV systems operated in real-world cold climate conditions.

COVID-19: Nergica’s safety measures

March 18, 2020

We would like to inform you that Nergica is closely following and complying with the recommendations of authorities in the context of the global coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19). Likewise, our team is pursuing its activities remotely.

Analysis and research results: icing, O&M and climate change

February 25, 2020

Winterwind, the biggest event dedicated to wind power in cold climates, took place from February 3 to 5 in Åre, Sweden. As an expert in the field, our colleague Charles Godreau represented Canada on “Task 19”, the International Energy Agency’s (AIE) working group on this important topic. In addition to sitting on the event’s programming […]

Webinaire : Intégration de l’énergie solaire photovoltaïque au Nunavik : un étonnant paradoxe

February 13, 2020

Jeudi 20 février 2020, à midi (HNE) Intégration de l’énergie solaire photovoltaïque dans le Nord canadien : un étonnant paradoxe Langue : en français Durée : 30 minutes de présentation et 15 minutes de question Présentateurs : Sergio Gualteros, ing., M. Sc. A., chargé de projet, recherche et innovation, Nergica et Marc Provost, ing. jr., ingénieur de projet, Ressources naturelles […]

Cahier des faits saillants | Rendez-vous sur l’électrification 4.0

December 18, 2019

Ce cahier des faits saillants vous propose un tour d’horizon du Rendez-vous sur l’électrification 4.0 qui s’est tenu le 29 octobre dernier à Montréal. Un résumé des présentations et de la plénière, citations à l’appui. Faits saillants Trois thèmes abordés : électrification des transports, microréseaux et bâtiments intelligents Table ronde sur la transition énergétique au Québec […]

Research project on performance of ice detection methods

December 6, 2019

Our project manager in research and innovation, Charles Godreau, has received a three-year research grant for $96,000 to quantitatively evaluate the performance of the most commonly used ice detection methods in the wind industry. The project makes use of both direct methods such as ice detectors and indirect methods such as dual anemometry and power […]

Nergica adds 3D lidar to research infrastructure

November 14, 2019

Nergica recently acquired a Windcube 200S 3D lidar produced by the manufacturer Leosphere (a Vaisala company). Laser and lidar (acronym for “light detection and ranging”) are remote sensing techniques based on the property analysis of a light beam travelling back to its emitter.

Mémoire de l’Escouade énergie CCTT

November 14, 2019

L’Escouade énergie CCTT, un regroupement de centres collégiaux de transfert de technologie, a déposé un mémoire dans le cadre de la consultation pour l’élaboration du Plan d’électrification et de changements climatiques du gouvernement du Québec. L’Escouade énergie propose 34 recommandations en matière d’électrification, d’aménagement du territoire, des bioénergies, du financement et de l’innovation technologique et […]

Nergica 2018-2019 Annual report

November 7, 2019

Find out more about Nergica's projects, highlights, events and publications in its 2018-2019 annual report.

Nergica presents research results at CanWEA 2019

October 26, 2019

At the CanWEA Annual Conference and Exhibition held in Calgary from October 8-10, Nergica’s team took the opportunity to present the results of various research projects. A summary of these results is outlined below. 

New experience for Nergica and interns

July 22, 2019

As part of its partnership with Yukon College’s Yukon Research Centre, Nergica is participating for the first time in an intern exchange. Specifically, Nergica will host Noah Sternbergh for four weeks while Camille St-Arneault will be in Whitehorse over the same period. Camille and Noah will be respectively working on solutions aiming to reduce peak […]

Nergica hosts cohort of interns and research assistants for summer

July 16, 2019

This summer, Nergica is hosting a record 14 college and university interns. These students are collaborating in our different projects while taking advantages of our full-scale outdoor research infrastructures and coaching by our researchers. Students are notably working on the following projects: Under-performance of diesel generators A compressed air energy storage system Design of a […]

Revamped Program that Reflects a Forward-thinking Industry

June 10, 2019

The 13th Quebec Wind Energy Conference spearheaded by Nergica officially opens today at the Riôtel Matane. One of the most important events in the Canadian renewable energy industry, the Conference will continue through June 12. The topics addressed revolve around concerns that are firmly entrenched in the 21st century and the energy transition phenomenon.

Assessing the Performance of Turbine Rotor Ice Detector Systems | An overview

May 27, 2019

Every year, icing results in significant production losses for wind farms. Although nacelle-mounted ice detectors are still commonly used, rotor-mounted instruments are beginning to appear on the market. However, a quantitative study of their performance has yet to be conducted, making it difficult for industry players to select the most appropriate device. It is in this context that Nergica has published a study that compares the performance of three rotor-mounted ice detectors.

Watch the Webinar “Using Weather and Energy Forecasting to Manage Microgrids”

May 22, 2019

See how weather and energy forecasts can help you manage your microgrid.

Nergica acquires unique microgrid co-simulation platform

May 8, 2019

This uniquely-designed OPAL-RT platform will help develop, together with various industrial and research partners, innovative solutions for a number of aspects of microgrids such as remote and real-time performance monitoring, predictive maintenance and control.

Optimization, Artificial Intelligence and Climate Change : A Mature and Decidedly Forward-thinking Industry

May 2, 2019

Already in its 13th year, the “must-attend” Quebec Wind Energy Conference will be held from June 10 to 12, 2019 in Matane. The year’s edition features a revamped program that will touch upon the latest topics of interest in the sector. Highlights Preliminary results of a major study on the impact of climate change on wind […]

Collaboration Agreement between Nergica and Southern Alberta Institute of Technology

April 9, 2019

Gaspé, Quebec-based Nergica and Calgary’s Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT) recently signed a collaboration agreement to carry out potential renewable energy research projects.

Webinar: Using Weather and Energy Forecasting to Manage Microgrids

March 25, 2019

Nergica invites you to take advantage of this webinar to better understand how meteorological and energy forecasting is used on simulation equipment and full-scale infrastructure. Register today!

Portrait | Marilys Clément

March 8, 2019

The young and vibrant Marilys leverages her know-how in atmospheric sciences to skillfully overcome challenges associated with wind energy production in cold climates and complex terrain. In addition to developing an ice modelling software program (GPEO), she has also made noteworthy contributions to several projects related to ice modelling as well as the processing, analysis […]

Nergica 2017-2018 Annual Report

February 26, 2019

Projects, publications, events, highlights… read about Nergica’s accomplishments in 2017-2018.

Viewing the webinar “Using drones to inspect wind turbines”

February 4, 2019

Over the past few years, advances in automation, high-resolution sensors, and batteries have led to increased drone use for wind turbine inspections. But is this technology for everyone? In this webinar, we took you through some of the elements that merit consideration when inspecting wind turbines with drones. We covered basic requirements and common pitfalls, […]

Webinar: Using drones to inspect wind turbines

December 19, 2018

Nergica would like to invite you to register for their next webinar, which will be a synopsis of the use of drones to inspect wind turbines. Technologies, automation, advantages and disadvantages, stay up to date with the latest advances. Register now!

Use of Drones for Wind Turbine Inspections

December 11, 2018

At a time when wind power is expanding rapidly, blade inspections are becoming an important maintenance activity. Although a number of inspection methods exist, new drone-based technologies are becoming increasingly attractive. Though not exhaustive in nature, this study does provide an overview of the inspection market and the needs of the sector. It presents existing […]

Portrait | Mauricio H. Cano

December 7, 2018

Originally from Colombia, Mauricio Higuita Cano pursued his studies in France and later at Université de Trois-Rivières before arriving in Gaspé, where he has spent the past two years working for Nergica as a research and innovation analyst. As an expert in designing and developing energy management systems for hybrid microgrids using renewable energy sources, […]

Webinars: Solar PV and cold climate

November 15, 2018

As a leader in renewable energy integration, Nergica encouraged you to take advantage of this webinar to learn more about the advantages of PV systems for communities across Canada, especially those in remote northern locations.

Cahier des faits saillants | Rendez-vous sur les microréseaux et la transition énergétique des collectivités

November 1, 2018

Ce cahier des faits saillants vous propose un tour d’horizon du Rendez-vous sur les microréseaux et la transition énergétique des collectivités qui s’est tenu du 12 au 14 septembre 2018 aux Îles-de-la-Madeleine. Un condensé des moments forts qui vous fera vivre ou revivre l’événement, photos et citations à l’appui! Faits saillants Visites industrielles, conférences et ateliers […]

Solar Photovoltaic: A Promising Resource for Off-grid Sites

October 30, 2018

Greenhouse gas reduction targets combined with the increasing cost-competitiveness of solar PV projects is creating a highly favourable economic climate for innovations and project build-out. But what about the use of PV systems in stand-alone microgrids, most of which are located in the Far North? Whether they relate to materials, know-how or demonstration projects, recent […]

Solar Photovoltaic: Energy with a Bright Future

October 11, 2018

Solar PV is currently enjoying the most rapid growth of any renewable energy source in the world. This growth suggests that, in the years to come, this energy source will occupy an enviable position in the energy portfolios of many nations, including Canada. Furthermore, the country’s solar potential offers promising opportunities for PV integration, notably […]

Énergie renouvelable et microréseaux : une solution d’avenir!

August 6, 2018

L’émergence des microréseaux à titre de solution durable en matière d’approvisionnement énergétique offrira, au cours des prochaines décennies, un potentiel de développement scientifique, technique et industriel considérable. Qu’il s’agisse de vitrines technologiques, de recherche et de développement, de fabrication, d’exploitation, d’opération et de maintenance ou de rééquipement, les occasions d’affaires reliées au marché des microréseaux […]

Offres d’emploi chez Nergica

July 25, 2018

Profil de poste : Analyste recherche et innovation Poste permanent (3 postes à combler) Description sommaire Relevant du directeur recherche et innovation, le-la titulaire du poste, fournit une expertise scientifique et technique de pointe aux chargés de projet et procède à diverses analyses en lien avec la réalisation de projets de recherche appliquée et d’aide technique […]

LM Wind Power Canada Wins Three Awards at the 6th Quebec Wind Energy Industry Gala

June 13, 2018

Nergica, formerly TechnoCentre éolien, is pleased to announce the finalists of the 6th Quebec Wind Energy Industry Gala, which will be held on June 12 in Carleton-sur-Mer as part of the 12th Quebec Wind Energy Conference. This event, presented by Siemens Gamesa, acknowledges the organizations and individuals that have distinguished themselves in the Quebec wind […]

Wind in an Era of Energy Transformation

June 11, 2018

The 12th Quebec Wind Energy Conference organized by Nergica kicks off today at the Baie Bleue Hotel in Carleton-sur-Mer with nearly 180 attendees. The Conference, which is one of the most important wind industry events in Canada, will continue through June 13. Highlights The twenty or so guest speakers will address a range of themes […]

Event Dedicated to Microgrids and the Energy Transition in Communities to be Presented in Magdalen Islands

June 6, 2018

Nergica announce the Forum on Microgrids and the Energy Transition in Communities, which will take place in the idyllic setting of the Magdalen Islands from September 12 to 14, 2018. Organized by Nergica in collaboration with the Communauté maritime des Îles-de-la-Madeleine, this major event will bring together players from near and far who are involved in the implementation of smart microgrids and the transition toward renewable energy sources.

Two research centres team up to study the impacts of climate change on wind energy potential

May 30, 2018

Ouranos, a research consortium dedicated to regional climatology and climate change adaptation, and Nergica, an applied research centre specializing in renewable energy, are pleased to announce the start of a research project that aims to assess the impact that climate change will have on wind energy potential in the decades to come. The project will […]

Announcing the Finalists of the 6th Quebec Wind Energy Industry Gala

May 23, 2018

Nergica is pleased to announce the finalists of the 6th Quebec Wind Energy Industry Gala, which will be held on June 12 in Carleton-sur-Mer as part of the 12th Quebec Wind Energy Conference.

Nergica: The Natural Progression of the TechnoCentre éolien

April 19, 2018

The TechnoCentre éolien is officially adding solar photovoltaics and the integration of renewable energy sources to its fields of activity. In doing so, the company is embracing a brand new identity: Nergica.

Le stockage de l’énergie dans les microréseaux : comment faire un choix éclairé?

February 27, 2018

À l’aube d’une transition énergétique où les États se tournent vers une économie faible en carbone, les sources d’énergies renouvelables suscitent un immense intérêt dans l’offre énergétique mondiale. Bien que les avancées technologiques et la baisse des coûts aient permis une meilleure intégration, la nature variable de ces énergies nouvelles pose toutefois certains défis quant […]

Stand-alone Microgrids: A Major Asset for the Electrification of Off-grid Sites

January 30, 2018

At the dawn of the energy transition already being undertaken by numerous jurisdictions, Nergica draws on its expertise to provide an accurate synopsis of the situation faced by off-grid sites and to present Opten, a bold research program aimed at sustainably integrating renewable energy into microgrids.

TechnoCentre éolien Commissions Solar Facility for Applied Research

December 13, 2017

The TechnoCentre éolien is delighted to announce the installation and commissioning of a solar photovoltaic (PV) array at its research site in Gaspé. Thanks to this new infrastructure, which consists of 60 PV panels, the TechnoCentre éolien raises its commitment to solar research to a new level.

TechnoCentre éolien 2016-2017 annual report

November 23, 2017

Events, publications, projects... read about the TechnoCentre éolien's accomplishments in 2016-2017.

Workshop Highlights | Technical Workshop, 2017

November 3, 2017

Compilation of summaries, quotes and photos to highlight some of the more noteworthy moments of the very first Technical Workshop on integrating renewables in stand-alone microgrids.

Fall Technical Workshop: participants praise an innovative event

November 2, 2017

On November 1, 2017, the TechnoCentre éolien held the first edition of its Fall Technical Workshop. This event, which took place at Montréal under the theme "Integration of Renewables in Stand-alone Microgrids", was an opportunity to take stock of the latest technical advances in the industry.

Icing Climate and Productivity: Choosing the Right Sensor

September 14, 2017

Detecting ice events is crucial for ensuring the profitability as well as the safety of of wind farms in cold climates, but what about sensor performance? Nergica recently published a paper that proposes a methodology to evaluate the performance of sensors currently offered on the market.

Development and Validation of an Ice Prediction Model for Wind Farms

August 17, 2017

This report presents the results of a study on the validation of the GEM-LAM-Jones-Makkonen (GLJM) model for forecasting meteorological icing. Mandated by Natural Resources Canada, this validation aimed to assess the ability of the GLJM model to predict icing episodes at wind farms and the associated production losses.

Summary of Proceedings | 11th Quebec Wind Energy Conference, 2017

June 20, 2017

New this year was a Summary of Proceedings designed to highlight key moments of the 11th Quebec Wind Energy Conference. Highlights Summary of presentations “Beer and Experts” Workshop Business / Next Generation Breakfasts, Wind Meetings, keynote speakers and more!

TechnoCentre éolien 2015-2016 annual report

November 21, 2016

Events, publications, projects... read about the TechnoCentre éolien's accomplishments in 2015-2016.