Ontario Tech University Microgrid

Capacity: 550kW
Technology(s): Solar, Battery
Completed: 2016

Role(s): Design, Build, Finance

Description: Ontario Tech’s Microgrid Research and Innovation Park features a 500kW lithium-ion battery, 50kW solar PV array, and microgrid controller/optimizer that integrates with EnerFORGE’s 2.4MW CHP cogen plant and Ontario Tech’s existing 1.6MW diesel generation capacity. As the largest project ($3.89 million) funded by Ontario’s Smart Grid Fund, the microgrid was designed to efficiently integrate with the local power grid and distributed energy resources to provide increased reliability along with the ability to maintain critical loads during grid interruptions, while providing practical learning opportunities for Ontario Tech’s next generation of engineers.