The Alectra Utilities (formerly PowerStream) Microgrid Demonstration Project marks the next phase in the company's aim of supporting Smart Grid development at the provincial level and raising awareness for the need to leverage innovative "smart" technologies in Ontario's electricity sector.
Alectra Utilities will be implementing its Microgrid Demonstration Project in two phases, over a two-year period. In phase one, the company will draw electricity from existing assets - a solar array, a wind turbine, a soon-to-be installed natural-gas generator, a lead acid battery and a lithium battery - in order to provide electricity from loads such as lighting, air conditioning and refrigeration at its head office location. Electricity generated from this combination of clean and renewable sources will also be used to power the company's electric vehicle charging stations (which energize the company's fleet of electric vehicles) and to maintain a steady charge in the Microgrid's storage batteries.
|Solar Carport||Renewz with Silfab Ontario panels||5 kW||20 panels, 250W per panel||renewz sustainable solutions|
|EV Charger||Eatons||14.4 kW||2 x 7.2 kW chargers, J1772 Standard||renewz sustainable solutions|
|Natural Gas Generator||Caterpillar||35 kW||Olympian Model, 1 Phase, 60 Hz; Eaton Automatic Transfer Switch||Toromont|
|Wind Turbine||Southwest WindPower||1.8 kW||Downwind Turbine rated for 208Vac||Enviro-Energy Technologies|
|Solar Panel||SunPower||17 kW||81 SunPower 210W solar modules on dual axis trackers||Enviro-Energy Technologies|
|Inverter||SMA Canada||6000W each||Sunny Island 6048-US off-grid solar inverters||Enviro-Energy Technologies|
|Sodium Nickel Chloride Battery||General Electric||6 kW||Capacity: 2 kWh||Rosewater Group|
|Lithium Ion Battery||CALB||12 kW||Capacity: 5 kWh||Rosewater Group|
|Lead Acid Battery||Surrette||Capacity: 23 kWh||Enviro-Energy Technologies|
- Cafeteria: Refrigeration, Lighting, Microwave, Defrost Heater, exhaust fan hoods
- Humidification System for entrance
- Electric Vehicle Charging
- Maximum total load: 9 kW
- Average total load: 7 kW