ARDA Power and GILDEMEISTER energy storage GmbH announce collaboration on Burlington DC Microgrid project beginning a new commercial era for DC linked microgrid solutions.
ARDA Power and GILDEMEISTER energy storage GmbH today jointly announced collaboration on a comprehensive microgrid project that will combine multiple energy sources (including solar and gas generation), energy storage, and DC and AC loads. The sources, storage and loads will all be integrated onto a single DC bus using the ARDA DC Microgrid Platform. The platform provides for increased efficiency, reduced cost and improved resiliency, while enabling the provision of ancillary services to the AC grid.
GILDEMEISTER energy storage GmbH will supply its 20kW/100kWh CellCube flow battery system equipped with the ARDA Battery DC-DC Converter. The Energy Storage system plays a central Power and Energy Management role in ARDA’s DC Microgrid Platform. Prior to the installation, GILDEMEISTER energy storage GmbH and ARDA Power will develop and test all necessary interfaces between the CellCube battery and ARDA’s DC Microgrid controls.
The Burlington DC Microgrid Project, to be located on a commercial roof in Burlington, Ontario, will be funded with grants and collaborator contributions, including a CAN $400,000 grant from Sustainable Development Technology Canada.
About ARDA Power
ARDA Power is a power electronics firm working to change forever the way the world implements Microgrid systems for customers participating in the ongoing revolution in renewable and distributed energy. The company is a pioneer in DC-connected distributed energy for commercial and industrial buildings. ARDA Power, located in Oakville Ontario, commenced operations in 2011 to commercialize power conversion technology originally developed out of the University of Toronto.
The ARDA DC Microgrid Platform enables the design and construction of commercial DC Microgrids without customization. It is Simple, Resilient, Low Cost, Efficient, Versatile, Expandable and Open. The platform resolves one of the most challenging roadblocks to Microgrid proliferation, the necessity to customize a power system for almost every individual project. Now, thanks to the Platform, customers can have the same power system without custom engineering for almost any Microgrid project: on or off grid, 50kW or 5MW, AC and DC loads, renewable and traditional sources.
ARDA Power sells components of the ARDA DC Microgrid Platform including the ARDA Battery DC-DC Converter, and will sell a Microgrid power system based on the platform in 2017. For more information please visit ardapower.com
Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC) acts as a primary catalyst in building a sustainable development technology industry in Canada, funding and supporting Canadian cleantech projects across a number of sectors. SDTC invests in Canadian companies that through their innovative technologies bring positive contributions to Canada: creating quality jobs, driving economic growth, and preserving our environment. SDTC is a foundation funded by the Government of Canada.
For more information, please visit sdtc.ca
About GILDEMEISTER energy storage GmbH
GILDEMEISTER energy storage GmbH, based in Wiener Neudorf/ Austria, is leading in the development and commercialisation of vanadium redox flow energy storage systems. The “CellCube” has been developed over more than 15 years with around 10 years of practical application.
The vanadium redox flow battery only utilizes liquid energy sources with dissolved vanadium salts. They are not subject to wear and tear through loss of reactive materials. Therefore they offer practically unlimited cycles of charging and discharging with up to 80% efficiency and a deep discharge capability of 100%. Additionally vanadium storage systems offer a high degree of safety as the liquid energy sources are neither flammable nor explosive and do not contain any elements harmful for the environment such as lead, cadmium or mercury. Based on the flow-battery principle the CellCube is independently scalable in power and storage capacity.
The CellCube storage system has been installed over 130 times within different application areas. One scope is the stable and cost-efficient electricity supply. In combination with photovoltaic systems, wind power plants, diesel and biogas generators or operated in parallel to the public grid, the storage system enables a stable power supply for microgrid applications as well as for the energy sector. For utilities the CellCube can be used to stabilize the grid or as interim storage for surplus energy. The CellCube also successfully works for companies that take responsibility of their own energy supply and want to increase their self-consumption level or to shave peak loads.