INTRODUCTION MATERIALITY AND STAKEHOLDER ENGAGEMENT OUR CITY OUR OUR PEOPLE ENVIRONMENT GLOSSARY AT A GLANCE Examples of innovation projects are as follows: INTELLIGENT ENERGY STORAGE UNIT Toronto Hydro has worked with the technology company Electrovaya, Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE), Ryerson Centre for Urban Energy (CUE) and other government, academic and engineering organizations to develop an intelligent energy storage unit. This technology uses lithium ion battery technology to convert primarily surplus off-peak electrical energy to battery energy, and stores it for subsequent use during on-peak periods. The Electrovaya system is located in the heart of downtown Toronto on the Ryerson University campus and supports the CUE lab space. An intelligent inverter controller provides energy when required to manage peak loads at the building or provide emergency power. This modular lithium ion battery technology offers cost-effectiveness and capacity of large-centralized systems while providing the site with flexibility and scalability of small-decentralized systems. This system provides peak capacity of approximately 300 kW for up to four hours. The system has been evaluated over 2016 for demand response, price arbitrage, emergency power and power conditioning. POLE-MOUNTED ENERGY STORAGE Toronto Hydro has also worked with Ryerson University and eCAMION to pilot a pole-mounted energy storage unit. Similar to the previous energy storage projects, the purpose of the unit is to store energy during off-peak hours and release the power as required. The initial results of the project have demonstrated that the unit can reduce the strain on the local transformer, potentially increasing the lifespan of the equipment. The pole-mounted unit is able to store the equivalent energy of approximately 2,100 smartphone batteries. An additional benefit of the unit is it does not have a physical footprint because it’s attached to existing poles. Watch the video below for a showcase of the technology: OUR CITY I TORONTO HYDRO 29 COMMUNITY ENERGY STORAGE PROJECT Toronto Hydro is constructing a battery energy storage system with the technology company eCAMION, Canada’s Sustainable Development Technology Corporation program and Ontario’s Smart Grid Fund. This project uses lithium ion battery technology to store off-peak electrical energy for subsequent use during on-peak periods. This system is located near Toronto Hydro’s 500 Commissioners Street facility and will provide demand response, price arbitrage, emergency power and power conditioning. This system provides peak capacity of approximately 500kW for up to one hour and supports business continuity.
Toronto Hydro CR Report 2016
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