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U of W smart-grid gets a $10,000 boost

Project looks to natural gas and renewables


September 15, 2011
by Canadian Manufacturing Daily Staff

WATERLOO—A University of Waterloo research project looking to expand the concept of a “smart grid” beyond electricity is getting a $10,000 boost from Union Gas.

The research project, led by the University’s Waterloo Institute for Sustainable Energy (WISE), focuses using advanced information technology to create a fully integrated “smart energy network”, that includes natural gas and renewables while uncovering ways to incorporate new fuels such as hydrogen.

The project builds on work already underway in Ontario. The province is developing a smart grid using digital two-way communication that allows utilities to respond instantly to changes in demand, automatically fix power outages and allow consumers more control over how and when they use power.

Union Gas, a Spectra Energy Company, serves 1.3 million customers in Ontario