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Siemens invests $2.5M in smart grid research projects with UNB

Projects will focus on residential demand response and load shifting.


FREDERICTON – Siemens Canada and the University of New Brunswick (UNB) have agreed to partner on two research projects examining smart grid technology that could begin by spring 2014.

Siemens has committed to investing up to $2.5 million into academic research projects in the province of New Brunswick over the next five years in the form of funds, in-kind contributions such as software and equipment, and sponsorships and human resources.

Siemens and UNB are currently assembling project teams for these first two projects and are developing proposals for funding from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC). The projects, both to be led by the university’s Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, will focus on elements of smart grid technology and implementation, including  residential demand response and load shifting.

Demand Response (DR) programs aim to decrease electricity consumption or shift it from on-peak to off-peak periods depending on consumers’ preferences and lifestyles. Load shifting is a strategy that attempts to “shift” demand for electricity so that less power is used during expensive peak times.