ARDA Power is working to change forever the way the world implements microgrid systems for non-residential buildings. For the first time ever, you can simply and quickly configure a system using common controls and standard components. A battery-centric, DC-connected platform conceived by ARDA engineers with technology originally developed at the University of Toronto makes possible microgrids that are simple, low cost, resilient and versatile - whether used for EV fast charging, backup power or demand charge reduction.
Designed and produced by ARDA in Ontario, distributed and installed by VAR and EPC partners.
ARDA Power was founded in 2009 to commercialize core technology originally developed at the University of Toronto. During 2011 the company received its first round of financing, began commercial operation, and started developing a range of power electronics components designed with distributed generation and DC Microgrids in mind. Between 2012 and 2014 the company built and deployed power electronics components for customers including a globally recognized engineering firm and a leading fuel cell company. This provided an opportunity for ARDA to design, deploy and test proprietary hardware.
Between 2015 and 2017 we designed and installed the first-of-its-kind Burlington DC Microgrid Project in Burlington, Ontario using ARDA’s DC Microgrid Platform. The system couples solar energy, a gas generator, a multi-hour battery, and DC loads including LED lights on a DC bus. It was funded by ARDA, key project participants, and a grant from Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC).
In early 2018 ARDA began commercialization of its DC Microgrid Platform by productizing its core microgrid offering including the Battery DC/DC Converter and proprietary software controls; securing partnerships with validated 3rd party converter manufacturers and storage providers; setting up distribution channels with VARs and EPCs. In mid 2018 ARDA began work designing Phase 2 of the Burlington Microgrid Project, to be installed mid 2019, that will upgrade the existing system into an EV Fast Charging DC Microgrid capable of providing power for an EV Fast Charging Station and existing loads with no requirement for interconnect permits. In late 2018 ARDA won a competitive bid for a solar and storage based DC Microgrid in the Greater Toronto area.