Canadian government grant for research to improve grid balancing


Professor Zeb
Tate, University
of Toronto
Toronto, ON, Canada — (METERING.COM) — November 4, 2011 – A $25,000 grant from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) has been awarded to a consortium comprising the University of Toronto, the Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) and smart grid company ENBALA Power Networks™ to improve the IESO’s ability to balance the grid.

The project will focus on developing a computational tool for determining dynamic regulating reserve requirements, which will increase the IESO’s ability to forecast grid balance needs more accurately and granularly.
Professor Zeb Tate of the University of Toronto is leading the project. The growing need for grid balance is the result of a large influx of variable generation from sources such as wind turbines and solar panels.

“Through this project, we are coming up with new solutions to make the operation of the power grid even more efficient without sacrificing reliability,” said Tate.

The intellectual property of the potential solution delivered by this project will be owned by ENBALA.