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The National Research Council of Canada (NRC) has announced its Energy Storage for Grid Security and Modernization research program.

According to the NRC, its initiative establishes new collaborative and co-investment opportunities for the energy storage value chain, including material and technology developers and suppliers, systems integrators, utilities, independent power producers and other end-users. The council notes that energy storage efforts will be focused around client-driven research and development, demonstration and validation, and strategic support to facilitate market adoption.

The NRC adds that integrating renewable energy technologies, including wind and solar, into Canada's electricity infrastructure can be accelerated by overcoming technical and cost barriers to grid-scale energy storage.

"This large-scale, multi-year, collaborative approach will deploy a critical mass of expertise in targeted areas to help resolve the reliability and affordability challenges of integrating new technologies into a modernized electricity grid," says Andy Reynolds, general manager of the energy, mining and environment portfolio at the NRC. "This will help grow Canada's renewable energy sector and create new markets for enabling technology and material suppliers, including the mining industry."

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