Renewing Futures has embarked upon a unique nation-wide research program.
Our research did not only look at the entire industry; we also focused on specific sectors.
The labour market intelligence we gathered determined the driving forces affecting the Storage sector.
Through our research, we have:
- Gained a clear understanding of the workforce the sector has now and will need in the future; and how to best foster its growth;
- Identified training, certification and education programs, as well as the skills required;
- Understood how various factors will affect the sector, whether advances in technology, regulatory changes, or shifting demographics;
- Made informed recommendations specific to the Storage sector so it can to develop an effective HR strategy.
Renewing Futures has created this page to be a focal point for anyone with a stake in the Storage sector.
First, it will be where you can find research findings and analysis specific to the sector.
And second, through this page, we want to connect you to information, discussion and people in the Storage sector.
Energy storage: Enabling tomorrow’s energy today
By Jennifer Stoneburgh @ MaRS
With 2012 officially behind us and 2013 newly underway it’s a great time to look to the future of the energy network in Ontario and prophesize about what we can expect to see in the coming year.
Ontario is already a global leader in smart-grid development and stands at the forefront of energy storage innovation. The province is also positioned to take a leadership role when it comes to energy storage technology.
As renewable energy resources continue to be integrated onto the grid, there is an increasing need to help mitigate the intermittent nature of renewables. Energy storage can help stabilize the grid and manage the discrepancies between supply and demand, reducing the need to export energy and providing regulation services to the electricity grid. The introduction of energy storage systems can also help alleviate the demands on Ontario’s aging infrastructure and on our energy system as a whole.
While this all sounds good, like many things, one size does not fit all when it comes to energy storage technologies.
Different technologies, such as those addressing bulk storage, distributed storage and axillary services, are able to capitalize on different opportunities to enhance our grid.
Location and duration of storage are two key differences between different technologies. Here at MaRS we work with several of the top energy storage innovators in Canada.
- Temporal Power’s flywheel technology is great for short-term energy storage. The company’s flywheels are able to discharge their stored energy quickly, providing load levelling and frequency regulation and helping to stabilize the grid on the order of milliseconds.
- On a community level, eCAMION’s community energy storage (CES) project combines multiple module batteries, intelligent controls and multiple safety systems to manage changes in energy demand over the course of several hours, such as during peak demands.
- Hydrostor’s Underwater Compressed Air Electrical Storage (CAES) works similarly to eCAMION, providing energy storage on the order of hours to days. Hydrostor converts electrical energy into compressed air and stores it deep underwater—at the bottom of Lake Ontario, for example—using the water pressure to push the air back to the surface where it drives a generator to generate electricity. CAES technology is also great for micro-grids.
- For energy storage that is even longer term, Hydrogenics’ world-leading electrolysis technology can be used to generate hydrogen that can then be added to the natural gas system. This type of storage combines our natural gas system with the electricity grid and has the possibility of providing seasonal energy storage.