Panasonic Eco Solutions Canada

Project Summary Information

Project Title

Microgrid Research and Innovation Park – UOIT

Amount Funded

$3,829,000

Project Collaborator(s)

  • General Electric Digital Energy
  • University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT)

LDC Collaborator(s)

  • Oshawa Power Utilities Corporation
  • Hydro One

Location(s)

University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT)
Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science
2000 Simcoe Street North,
Oshawa, ON L1H 7K4

Project Objective

The Microgrid Research and Innovation Park will develop and demonstrate a functioning ‘grid-tied’ microgrid at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT) campus in Oshawa. A 500kW Lithium ion (Li-ion) battery energy storage system, inverter system, 50kW solar PV generation and microgrid controller/optimizer will be integrated with the existing 1.6MW diesel and 2.4MW Combined Heat and Power (CHP) generation plants for this microgrid. The islanded microgrid will power first-priority critical loads during grid interruptions that are isolated from the grid until overall power is restored. The project has several objectives:

  1. Demonstrate the UOIT microgrid and its operation on “islanded” mode
  2. Provide backup power support to critical loads to the designated Evacuation Centre situated on the UOIT campus
  3. Demonstrate commercialization of smart microgrid concept as a scalable emergency grid-tied islanded power application for hospitals, military bases, pharmaceutical manufacturing, chemical processing plants, etc.
  4. Offer test facility for smart microgrid development and innovative research for UOIT professors, students and associated industries to further improve performance and reduce costs of microgrid systems.

Company Background

Panasonic Eco Solutions Canada, Inc. is the Canadian arm of global giant Panasonic Corporation with focus on deploying renewable energy solutions including Solar PV systems and Li-ion Battery energy storage systems in Canada.

Benefit(s) to Ontario Residents and Businesses

Panasonic’s 500kW Li-ion battery storage system and 50kW solar PV system will provide power to critical first-priority loads at the UIOT campus through Power Conditioning System (PCS) system. Proper operation and load, storage and generation balancing of new renewable and storage sources with existing generation systems will be made possible by GE’s microgrid controller and optimizer systems. Subsequently the existing 1.6MW diesel generators and 2.4MW CHP plant will power the second and third priority loads. The UOIT microgrid will also provide a facility for research and testing to improve and develop the microgrid concept for larger projects such projects include hospitals, military facilities, chemical processing plants and research facilities that require seamless power transition from the grid during power failures. Smart microgrids also offer power utilities the advantage of being grid-independent in islanded mode of operation.

Project Collaborators

  • Panasonic Eco Solutions Canada, Inc. will provide Li-ion battery storage and solar PV generation systems
  • GE Digital Energy will provide Microgrid Optimizer/controller system (Software + Hardware)
  • UOIT Faculty of Engineering and Applied Sciences will provide the project site, microgrid simulations, testing and research and the 1.6MW Diesel generation system for proposed microgrid
  • OPUC provides the 2.4MW CHP plant and expertise on 13.8kV side of the microgrid
  • Hydro One will provide technical expertise and regulatory aspects of 44kV transmission side

Project Status

  1. Project Plan, Connection Impact Assessment (CIA) and Equipment Specification Completion – December 2014
  2. Detailed Design/Location Determination and Equipment Specs finalization for manufacture – March 2015
  3. Obtain Permits/Authorisations and Resolve LDC Connectivity Issues – June 2015
  4. Completion of Project Construction – Nov 2015
  5. Project Commissioning – March 2016
  6. Project Completion/Evaluation – August 2016

Opportunities

Close involvement between collaborators has enabled PESCA and OPUC to develop joint partnerships for other renewable energy projects.

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