The Qalipu First Nation, a landless band based in Newfoundland, is taking a significant step towards becoming a leader in wind energy education.
The band has recently entered into a partnership with DOB Academy, an offshore energy trade school located in Delft, Netherlands, specializing in wind energy.
This collaboration marks the beginning of an ambitious joint venture that aims to enhance wind energy training capacity for Qalipu members and other individuals interested in the green energy sector. The partnership involves a triangular alliance between DOB Academy, Qalipu First Nation, and World Energy GH2, a Canadian company striving to become the country’s first wind-to-hydrogen exporter.
Newfoundland is currently considering 19 proposals for wind projects across the province. Each project aims to harness wind energy and convert it into hydrogen, which can then be further processed into ammonia and shipped globally. The province’s Energy Minister, Andrew Parsons, expects to announce successful bidders by late June or early July, with the possibility of approving multiple projects.
This partnership between the Qalipu First Nation and DOB Academy signifies a significant advancement in wind energy education. By equipping band members and other interested individuals with the necessary knowledge and skills, this initiative has the potential to create a skilled workforce capable of driving the growth of the wind energy sector in Newfoundland. The long-term goal is to establish the region as a hub for renewable energy, contributing to the province’s sustainability goals and offering new economic opportunities.