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Smart Grid Fund Round Three Projects

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Smart Grid Fund Round Three Projects

Ministry of Energy

Below are the 12 projects that will receive funding from Ontario's Smart Grid Fund. Overall, these projects will receive approximately $10.5 million and will create more than 100 direct jobs.

Energy Storage

These projects demonstrate solutions that allow energy to be stored and brought back to the grid on request to balance system needs.

Company Project Description

Renewable Energy Systems

This project will demonstrate that a single energy storage facility can operate as a smart grid asset and perform a range of services that will make the grid more efficient (reduce peak demand for power, help manage voltage on the system, make better use of renewable energy).  It will also show that energy storage can help ensure reliable power supply to customers that need it the most.

Ontario will invest $1,905,000 for this project.

Data Analytics

These projects will find new ways to use data generated by smart meters and other electricity grid assets to help improve investment decisions and system performance.

Company Project Description

Utilismart

This project will develop and test key components of a "big data" platform that will take different types of data from multiple third party technologies and bring them together into one harmonized data format. The platform will give utilities the power to analyze data and use that information to make their systems work better by making the best use of system assets and responding to needs in near real-time.

Ontario will invest $982,450 for this project.

Survalent

Survalent is creating a new data analytics tool that will more accurately predict the current state of an electric grid. This tool is known as an Advanced Distribution Management System (ADMS). This ADMS will improve network reliability, reduce outage time and enhance customer satisfaction.

Ontario will invest $151,500 for this project.

Advanced Microgrids

An advanced microgrid uses an intelligent control system to manage various distributed energy resources within a localized area. It allows the microgrid system to function autonomously from the main electricity grid, ensuring power supply for microgrid users when needed.

Company Project Description

Solantro

This project will build and deploy a new, modular nanogrid architecture based on advanced semiconductor technology. The Solantro nanogrid will comprise photovoltaic generation, battery storage and load control.  It will be capable of both islanded and grid tied operation. The nanogrid will allow customers more choice and has the potential to reduce system cost.

Ontario will invest $1,199,565 for this project.

ARDA Power Inc.

Most microgrid solutions use alternating current (AC), which is the standard for power grids. ARDA Power is turning that convention on its head by building and testing a direct current microgrid that incorporates a range of clean generation sources and energy storage. This approach is expected to improve efficiency and resiliency, potentially making it more cost-effective than AC microgrids.

Ontario will invest $290,000 for this project.

Opus One Solutions

Opus One will develop a community residential microgrid with its utility partner Veridian Connections and property developer Marshall Homes.  The microgrid operation will use the GridOS platform to integrate various distributed energy resources (DERs), including Tesla Powerwall storage systems and residential solar generation, in order to improve reliability, resiliency and the efficient use of shared DERs for customers.  

Ontario will invest $1,096,000 for this project.

Grid Automation

These projects will use innovative software and hardware to help the system operator remotely control and manage the electricity grid.

Company Project Description

Hydro Ottawa

This project will explore a transactive energy solution that outfits a small group of houses with energy generation and storage capacity, as well as the ability for energy to flow between the houses within the group. The demand response and transactive energy solution will bring value to stakeholders like electricity consumers, business developers, distribution utilities, transmitters, and the Independent Electricity System Operator.

Ontario will invest $481,000 for this project.

Kinectrics

Kinectrics is constructing a new Flexible Power Laboratory to test, develop, and certify high-power equipment, primarily renewable energy generators and energy storage systems. The laboratory will be the first of its kind in Canada and will offer comprehensive testing and certification services to manufacturers, system integrators, and utilities throughout Ontario, Canada, and worldwide.

Ontario will invest $2,000,000 for this project.      

SPARQ

This project will use novel micro-inverter technology to ease the disruptive by-products that solar installations can produce (e.g. SPARQ's inverters will smooth voltage variance produced by solar installations). The smart micro-inverters will provide a range of benefits, including grid voltage and frequency stabilization, fault-ride-through, grid efficiency improvement, and load balancing. These improved efficiencies will have potential cost savings for ratepayers and utilities. 

Ontario will invest $1,504,026 for this project.

Alectra

Alectra Utilities Corporation is collaborating with CIMA+ on a new artificial intelligence technology that will deliver faster power restoration to customers. The technology is expected to improve system reliability and reduce operational costs, which will translate into better service to customers in Alectra's service area.

Ontario will invest $148,000 for this project.

Burman Energy

Burman Energy will install real-time voltage regulating equipment in strategic locations along Chapleau PUC's distribution system to determine the effectiveness of the technology in reducing energy losses and ultimately saving money for electricity consumers.

Ontario will invest $61,705 for this project.

Green Power Labs

The Green Power Labs project will use predictive analytics and grid control technology to make better use of renewable generation and energy storage. This technology will enable improved control, reliability and automation of the Ontario electricity grid.

Ontario will invest $679,640 for this project.

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