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Community Energy Storage Installed In North York, Canada

A community energy storage (CES) system has been installed in North York, in Toronto, Canada.

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It is a delight to write about community energy projects, as they bring money to local communities, and sometimes employment. This one provides direct backup (as opposed to power station backup) and facilitates a reliable supply of electricity right there in North York.

This project will improve the reliability of Toronto’s electricity grid for multiple reasons:

It can provide North York with power during power plant interruptions, and also store surplus electricity generated at night, then use that to provide electricity to augment electricity supply during times of peak electricity demand, which are usually in the afternoon.

This 500 kW energy storage system can also back up wind and solar plants, either with electricity from fossil-fuel or wind/solar power plants. It is also compact, just a little bigger than a typical Toronto Hydro transformer.

With the use of energy storage, solar and wind energy can be supplied in a completely stable and reliable manner.

Due to the fact that Toronto’s electricity transmission infrastructure is ageing — as most of it was built in the 1940s, 1950s, and 1960s — it is being outgrown by the city.

This project was developed and unveiled by a consortium led by eCAMION Inc. with Toronto Hydro, the University of Toronto, and Dow Kokam. The project was funded by the  consortium and Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC).

Dow Kokham LLC was the developer of the Lithium-Polymer NMC (nickel manganese cobalt) battery and its chemistry, and the University of Toronto is managing the CPPM (control, protection and power management) system and developing the algorithm that will integrate the system’s “brains”.

Source: Electric Light and Power

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