UNB to develop smart grid solutions for industry and utilities
Investing in next-generation clean energy infrastructure and technologies will advance Canada’s efforts to build a clean economy, meet the world’s future energy needs and help realize our climate change goals.
Thanks to an investment of more than $4.3 million from the Government of Canada and Emera Inc., the University of New Brunswick (UNB) will build on existing smart grid expertise infrastructure and refine technology to deliver solutions for renewable energy.
Matt DeCourcey, member of Parliament for Fredericton, on behalf of Navdeep Bains, minister of innovation, science and economic development and minister responsible for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA) and the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), joined officials from Emera and the University of New Brunswick to make the announcement today.
The project includes designing, building, testing and demonstrating a suite of distributed energy resource solutions for commercialization by industry and implementation by utilities. Emera, a publicly traded energy and services company, will deploy and test the project results within its system network at Barbados Light and Power. After testing in a real-world environment, the results will be refined and validated through industry players, users, suppliers, regulators and others.
The Government of Canada is investing more than $2.8 million through ACOA’s Atlantic Innovation Fund, as well as $82,100 through NSERC towards this initiative. Emera is providing $1.4 million towards this project.
Investments in clean technology are part of the Government of Canada’s Innovation and Skills Plan, a multi-year strategy to create growing, innovative businesses with global reach, to strengthen regional economies, and lead to good jobs for all Canadians. This investment also builds on the Atlantic Growth Strategy.