Canadian Electrical Industry News Week

Pole Top Energy StorageThe world’s first pole-top energy storage project,unveiled last week at Ryerson University’s Centre for Urban Energy (CUE), aims to improve system reliability, further integrate renewables, and enable adoption of electric vehicles. eCamion’s modular storage solution, mounted on an electricity pole in an urban environment where space is at a premium, has been combined with a smart controller developed by Ryerson researchers and students that communicates with downstream smart meters of connected residences. The energy storage unit employs lithium-ion batteries that charge during off-peak hours and discharge during peak hours.

The project is the culmination of a three-year collaboration between Ryerson, eCamion and Toronto Hydro. The province is supporting the project through the Ministry of Energy’s Smart Grid Fund initiative.

“Companies like eCamion and educational institutions like Ryerson are important partners in fostering a culture of innovation in our province and helping us become a key centre of low-carbon excellence,” says Glen Murray, Ontario Minister of the Environment and Climate Change. “And this project is a great example of the kinds of partnerships we need to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in our province and fight climate change.”

"Researchers at the Centre for Urban Energy are making huge strides in the area of energy storage. Thanks to cooperation and hard work between Ryerson, industry, utilities and the Ontario government, this innovative solution will be brought to market much sooner," says Mohamed Lachemi, Provost and Vice President Academic, Ryerson University.

The project will demonstrate the promise of energy storage on the Toronto Hydro grid. Potential benefits to Ontario residents and businesses could include improved system reliability, further integration of renewable energy sources and electric vehicle charging stations, as well as reduced usage during peak hours, leading to a cleaner and more cost-effective grid.

The project showcases “made in Ontario” technologies. eCamion is based in Scarborough. The controller and other prototypes that have contributed to this project were all developed in the GTA and will be pursued for worldwide collaboration.

 


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June 25, 2018

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Today we are all concerned with the energy we consume within our homes. But how many truly understand the ins and outs of home energy use, and where exactly does the electrician and the development of energy management systems come into play. There is much to consider when discussing home energy use. The consumer first off needs to be informed about energy use, how it is calculated and ultimately billed if they are to make changes to their energy consumption rates. But in terms of educating consumers does the residential electrician have a role? And beyond that are manufacturers developing products designed to help electricians and consumers better understand residential energy use? Throughout this article we will deal with each of these important questions.

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A new “future ready” circuit breaker from Schneider Electric is described by the company as the next generation of power distribution for the Internet of Things (IoT) era. Masterpact MTZ increases efficiency and can adapt to ever-evolving needs for safety, reliability and sustainability. The world is becoming more connected, electric, digitized, decarbonized, and decentralized, says Schneider Electric. Power distribution is facing new regulations, becoming more seamless and connected. 

Masterpact MTZ is the latest in a series of circuit breaker innovations, following Masterpact M, and then Masterpact NT/NW.

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Total Electrical Solutions was founded in 2013 by Jeremy Herrington in Quispamsis, on the outskirts of Saint John, New Brunswick. Since 2013 Jeremy has steadily grown Total Electrical Solutions in the residential, commercial and construction sectors. The growth is primarily the result of Jeremy’s customer first philosophy, plus his over 20 years of industry experience.

Jeremy grew up learning about the industry from his father who was an electrical contractor. Jeremy spent his early years helping and watching his father as a contractor and business owner. After high school Jeremy was, like many, not wholly aware of the course he wished to take and so he began an electrical apprenticeship at his father’s company.

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