Ryerson University in Toronto, Canada announced the launch of a new energy storage system located at Church and Dundas - "We’ve got the power".

150 kW lithium-ion battery (1.1 MWh capacity) from Electrovaya, enclosed in a big, metal box, will be used for demonstration of grid stabilization in a one-year pilot project.

"The Centre for Urban Energy (CUE) at Ryerson University is testing this home grown battery system in collaboration with Toronto Hydro to prove how off-peak electricity can be stored. In addition to providing a learning opportunity for CUE researchers and students, the one-year project could have long-lasting impacts on energy storage in Ontario."

Bhanu Opathella, post doctorate research fellow at CUE said:

“From just this battery, you could electrify 150 houses for four hours."

“It is going to prove that batteries can be used to correct problems in the power system. This can include voltage fluctuations and power mismatches: we have a lot of demand for energy in the daytime, and a lot of wind generation in the nighttime. Generally, peaks demand occurs from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. when solar generation is also minimal. When energy generation is high, we can store it in batteries; when the demand is high, we can use that power.”

"The Ryerson campus offers a rare chance for research of this nature to be conducted in an urban setting. “In a rural setting, we can use many technologies because the space is almost unlimited,” said Opathella. “Here, we’re in a limited space, but on the other hand, we have a lot of high-power demand. This is a uniquely good test case: in a highly congested environment, how to manage such a demand for power?”

Source: Ryerson University