Toronto grid-scale energy storage system showing strong results

The pole-mounted unit stores the equivalent energy of approximately 2,100 smartphone batteries.

The world’s first grid-scale pole-mounted energy storage unit is being tested on Toronto Hydro’s electricity grid. PHOTO: Toronto Hydro

TORONTO — A pole-mounted energy storage system in Toronto’s North York neighbourhood is showing positive results in the early stages of a pilot program.

Put into service in August 2016, the unique energy storage system is mounted to the top of an existing hydro pole. The system stores energy during off-peak hours and releases power as needed.

The pole-mounted unit stores the equivalent energy of approximately 2,100 smartphone batteries. The system is unique because it doesn’t have a footprint, and is instead simply attached to existing power poles

The project’s team is currently monitoring how the technology responds to real-time data. From initial results, the system has reduced strain on a local transformer. The pilot continues to run and, if successful, could become a standard that’s rolled out with all new installations on the over 175,000 poles across the city.

Toronto Hydro is exploring energy storage as a way to extend the lifespan of some of its equipment. This energy storage device can also act as a temporary source of backup power during outages.

To learn more about the project, view a new video that showcases the technology.

The project is supported by Ontario’s Smart Grid Fund, which helps developers of smart grid technologies to test their grid modernization solutions in real world settings. The unit was developed by Ryerson University and piloted by Toronto Hydro using eCAMION battery technology.

The company is based in Toronto and develops modular, smart energy storage technologies for use in community storage, EV charging, auxiliary power units, and storage for renewable energy projects.

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