The 2MW battery energy storage facility will be developed by NextEra Energy for storing excess electricity generated from solar and wind.
The system will be used to provide stored energy into the Ontario Independent System Operator (IESO)’s grid network during peak periods or when solar and wind generation is low.
The energy storage facility will be integrated with technologies to enable remote charging and discharging of energy.
The project falls under efforts to improve the adoption of renewable energy resources in Canada and help Ontario reduce its reliance on gas-fired energy generation to secure its energy supply during peak periods. [Missouri utility selects NorthStar for energy storage project].
Energy storage in Canada
In related news, the Novia Scotia Department of Energy partnered with the Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC) and Innovacorp to deploy a smart grid pilot project.
The SDTC is a foundation established by the Canadian government to promote sustainable development by providing funding to improve research, development, testing and adoption of innovative technologies.
Innovacorp provides funding to help start-ups based in Novia Scotia to commercialise their products and services.
Under the new partnership, the three parties will help developers and researchers of smart grid technologies to develop and demonstrate their technologies to enhance grid reliability in Novia Scotia.In a press statement, SDTC said it will provide project evaluation support to projects shortlisted to participate in the smart grid pilot project through the organisation’s Smart Energy Innovation Programme.
The smart grid pilot project will focus on energy storage, smart grid, clean energy power generation and the interoperability of grid networks with distributed energy resources.
Michel Samson, Energy Minister, said: “Innovation is essential to energy sustainability and economic success.
“By supporting local innovators, we can help Nova Scotians build on their tremendous achievements in renewables and energy efficiency, make energy more affordable, and ensure Nova Scotia businesses get a bigger piece of this multi-billion dollar global market.”
Leah Lawrence, CEO of SDTC, added: “SDTC is excited to partner with these like-minded organisations in Nova Scotia to help entrepreneurs move their innovations closer to commercialization. This partnership allows entrepreneurs to potentially access funding from both provincial and federal funding bodies through a streamlined application process. These technologies will provide economic and environmental benefits to Nova Scotians and all Canadians.”
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