On March 13, 2014, PowerStream offered a demonstration-tour of their micro-grid project at their headquarters in Vaughan. Ten FES students attended, accompanied by two faculty members, Dr. Christina Hoicka and Peter Love, and FES's Senior Development Officer, Sandy Tieman. Micro-grids are an important innovation as they allow for more locally-scaled and flexible options to manage supply-demand, while integrating options such as storage and intermittent renewables. In this way, micro-grids can optimize energy management, as they use a mix of clean and renewable sources for local energy needs.
The tour was lead by Martin Rovers, Director of Energy Services at PowerStream, and included a demonstration in the headquarters' control room of isolating the micro-grid from the regional grid. Details of the micro-grid project can be found here
Tour group in PowerStream's micro-grid control room
Faculty and students continued the tour at PowerStream's solar-powered electric vehicle charging station, which maintains power generation using the Micro-Grid's storage benefits. Sass Peress, Co-Founder and CEO of renewz sustainable solutions inc. demonstrated and explained the solar powered electric vehicle charging station.
Tour group gathered at the solar powered electric vehicle charging station
Sass Peress demonstrating and explaining solar charging station
Later in the evening, Martin Rovers accepted the Faculty's Friends of the Faculty Award on behalf of PowerStream at the Gladstone Hotel. This award was in recognition of PowerStream's generosity, high level of engagement, and continued funding for scholarships, research and teaching, as well as, student support in the area of sustainable energy.
Martin Rovers and Dr. Christina Hoicka