New data from Navigant Research suggests that while residential energy storage systems (RESSs) are still in their infancy, utilities in some countries are taking full advantage to test and pilot emerging products and services.
Penetanguishene, a small community about 160 kms north of Toronto, now has its own large-scale microgird. The system, built by PowerStream Inc. and Korea Electric Power Corp. (KEPCO) can provide up to several hours of backup power to 400 residents and business owners in the town.
Behind the meter energy storage has been hailed as a game changer for residential and commercial users to shed load, shave peak demand and as a simple backup power solution in the case of an outage. But one Canadian company, illuma-Drive, aims to change the way we think about the smart home and the connected business by combining centrally controlled intelligent LED lighting with energy storage.
The benefits of adding communications intelligence to an electric utility’s network have long been talked. They range from more effective outage systems, better energy conservation results and a more granular level of grid management. BC Hydro is one such integrated electric utility that has already begun to reap the benefits of its smart grid investment.