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20 April 2017

Jamaica and Canada extend energy collaboration with MoU

Jamaica and Canada sign MoU to facilitate collaboration on research and training in renewable energy, smart energy systems and numerous other energy related fields.

The MoU was signed bewteen Ryerson University’s Centre for Urban Energy (CUE), and Jamaica-based Caribbean Energy Solutions Research Institute (CESRI).

Some of the other areas for collaboration include energy efficiency, integrated resource planning, project deployment, fuels, clean transportation solutions, and technical training related to the energy sector.

Academic exchange

According to the Jamaican Observer, both parties also agreed to accommodate exchanges of MSc, MPhil and PhD candidates from across the Caribbean and Canada.

The exchange is expected to "unleash and promote a spirit of technological innovation in real-time laboratories." The postpraduate research work will serve to inform energy sector planning in Jamaica and the wider Caribbean.

the Jamaican Observer describes the Ryerson CUE as a "world-class research and innovation centre dedicated to solving energy challenges."

The centre, an academic-industry partnership, explores and develops sustainable solutions to urban electricity challenges, such as the advancement of smart grid technologies, transmission and distribution, microgrids, policy, demand management, conservation, climate change, storage and renewables.

The CESRI, meanwhile, is a research institution which conducts research and provides technical assistance to support power sector planning within Jamaica and across the Caribbean. Its main aim is conducting joint research, providing education on and facilitating training programmes.

The CESRI signed an MoU with another Canadian research institution with British Columbia Institute of Technology in October 2016.

The High Commission of Canada in Jamaica, in association with Global Affairs Canada, is said to have provided logistical support for this technical cooperation initiative from its Science, Technology and Innovation Programme, which seeks to profile and support Canadian research and development partnerships in sustainable development and smart technologies.

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