GE and PowerStream Inc. launched their first joint microgrid demonstration project, located at PowerStream’s headquarters in Vaughan, Ontario. For the project, GE provided its Grid IQ Microgrid Control System (MCS), as well as the engineering design services, to help PowerStream build a microgrid, which uses renewable energy resources (wind, solar); a natural-gas generator; and energy storage devices (including GE’s Durathon sodium-metal halide batteries, earlier post) to provide electricity for loads at its head office including lighting, air conditioning, refrigeration and electric vehicle charging.
Using the MCS, PowerStream can determine when it is most economical to use the resources powering its microgrid or when they need to revert to using power from the provincial power grid.
PowerStream’s microgrid demonstration project marks the next phase of the company’s efforts to support smart grid development at the provincial level and leverage innovative “smart” technologies in Ontario’s electricity sector.
PowerStream is a community-owned energy company that provides power and related services to more than 365,000 customers residing or owning a business in communities located immediately north of Toronto and in Central Ontario. It is jointly owned by the cities of Barrie, Markham and Vaughan.