Panasonic Eco Solutions Canada Receives Canadian Solar Industry Energy Management Award for Research Conducted with BCIT
In the past 2 years, BCIT Applied Research Group SMART partnered with BC Hydro and industry partners such as Panasonic to construct the Energy OASIS project, a component of the larger BCIT Smart Microgrid, in BCIT Burnaby’s parking Lot 7.
At the heart of the Energy OASIS project is the Panasonic Battery Energy Storage System (BESS), which consists of lithium-ion batteries and a bidirectional inverter. The Panasonic BESS communicates with an energy management system. The energy management system learns when to buy, sell or store energy using intelligent algorithms and sends the requests to store or discharge the BESS at key times, such as peak usage or in low utility rate hours.
The BCIT microgrid project features a sophisticated and integrated system that includes 250kW of solar PV modules for renewable energy generation, a 500kWhr lithium-ion battery for energy storage and additional efficient energy management components to achieve Canada’s first Smart Power Microgrid.
“Canada competes globally due in large part to individuals and companies in the solar industry who show leadership, and take innovation, technology and research to a new level,” said John Gorman, CanSIA President and CEO. “We feel it’s important to recognize special achievement.”
The BCIT Burnaby campus’ Smart Power Microgrid is a ‘game changer’ as it is the first of its kind in Canada that successfully demonstrates the integration of solar power, energy storage and electric vehicles in a grid-tied or ‘islanded’ configuration.