Ryerson University’s Centre for Urban Energy

Project Summary Information

Project Title

Schneider Electric Smart Grid Laboratory

Amount Funded


Project Collaborator(s)

Schneider Electric

LDC Collaborator(s)



147 Dalhousie Street, Toronto ON M5B 2R2

Project Objective

This laboratory will constitute a permanent facility at Ryerson University. Teaming with Schneider Electric, university faculty members, researchers and students will develop and deliver solutions in the areas of smart grids, Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) and pilot testing and demonstrations. It will further develop state-of-the-art technologies for consumer control and demand response (customer control and power system flexibility). These solutions will provide long-term techno-economic benefits for the province. In the long-term, this laboratory will become an integral part of a master’s degree program in Energy Management and Innovation, providing industrial internships where instructors from industry and utilities will train and educate new cohorts of smart-grid-ready engineers, adding further value to Ontario’s economy.

Company Background

The Centre for Urban Energy (CUE) at Ryerson University builds energy innovation into the urban grid, with opportunities for students, faculty, private and public sector partners to solve tomorrow’s energy challenges today. CUE is a collaborative venture between Ryerson University and founding sponsors, Hydro One, Ontario Power Authority and Toronto Hydro. CUE’s mission:

  • Build academic, public- and private- sector partnerships
  • Encourage multi-disciplinary and collaborative approaches
  • Conduct research, development and demonstration, leading to commercialization
  • Provide scholarship and learning opportunities

Benefit(s) to Ontario Residents and Businesses

The smart grid laboratory will host infrastructure similar to a small Advanced Distribution System (ADS). It will have capability to operate as a Local Distribution Company (LDC) or as a microgrid and will use low voltage switch gear, internet enabled state-of-the-art relays, intelligent devices and industrial equipment. This infrastructure will integrate energy storage systems and renewable energy sources. The project is a capacity and infrastructure building project for the province. It is created for testing, R&D, pilots and education (internships). Key benefits to the province include:

  • Leveraging additional value from Ontario’s smart meter investment
  • Pilot testing of innovative energy solutions
  • Education and internships
  • Economic development opportunities, job creation and investment
  • Expanding Ontario’s competitive advantage in the global smart grid market.

Project Collaborators

Schneider Electric has committed to supply and install equipment for the CUE as well as collaborating on a six-month ADS demonstration project. The laboratory is being created by Ryerson in partnership with Schneider Electric.

Project Status

  1. Construction Phase 1 (Basic Design Delivery) – June 6, 2014
  2. Construction Phase 2 (Detailed Design & Main Component Procurement) – July 25, 2014
  3. Construction Phase 3 (Manufacturing, Configuration of Components & Factory Acceptance Test, FOB) – September 30, 2014
  4. Installation Services, Commission and Testing – October 31, 2014


The Centre facilitates numerous projects from Ryerson faculty, collaborating universities, sponsors and industry. The Centre and the Smart Grid Laboratory will be open for collaboration and use by other Ontario-based institutions and businesses. It will become an important incubator of innovative ideas for Ontario’s Smart Grid vision.

As well as collaboration there will also be opportunities to develop industry standards, accessible technical resources and future plans for related education programs. Creation of this laboratory will also facilitate training of Highly Qualified Personnel specializing in smart grids contributing to provincial economy. Financial resources to commercialize solution will also be available through Ryerson’s Office of Research Services (ORS) which provides extensive support to patent and commercialize ideas and solutions.

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