Panel on Energy Storage

Date/Time: Oct. 27th, 10:20 AM
Room: Salon A/B

Panel Abstract: Energy Storage is a necessary tool in making smarter resilient power systems.  As we become more dependent on renewables, energy storage will play an important role.  Energy storage helps to smooth out the variability of renewables thereby enabling greater concentration of renewables in the Ontario generation mix.   Energy storage is an additional power source which also helps to build a more resilient power system by riding through system anomalies such as lightning strikes, momentary interruptions, etc.   Other roles that energy storage can play within a smarter power system are demand management (leveraging the full potential of system assets) and power-quality in the form of phase balancing, power factor correction and frequency support.  What is the future of energy storage and its practical implementations?  Please join our panel and find out where the industry is going.

Abstracts & Panelists:

Energy Storage at London Hydro by Allan Van Damme
Background: London Hydro has a load of approximately 700 MW and 150,000 customers and services the City of London. Our service area is about 400 square km including both rural and dense urban.

London Hydro is interested in energy storage for the smart grid functionality which includes: demand response, phase balancing, active harmonic mitigation, reliability of supply and voltage regulation. The demand response could help us deal with issues such as clustering of EV chargers. By reducing/levelling the loading demands of these devices we can avoid capital cost upgrades to our wires, transformers and upstream devices. We could also improve reliability.

London Hydro is seeking and implementing solutions that can deliver all or most of the above benefits. An example is an EV charger that incorporates Lithium Ion batteries which is controlled through our control centre. London Hydro has also implement low voltage VAR compensation on its grid to provide short term compensation to variations to both supply and loads. By increasing our experience with multiple smart grid functionalities we can select energy storage solutions that provide maximum benefit. Sharing of knowledge is vital to this end.

Allan van DammeAllan Van Damme, P.Eng., CPA, CMA is presently Director of Operations and Distribution Technology at London Hydro where his responsibilities include the oversight of the operating Control Centre, protection and controls, the Geographic Information System (GIS), smart grid projects, development of corporate policy and underground operations crews.

Allan has actively contributed within the electric distribution utility sector for the past 20 years and is a member of IEEE’s Power Engineering society.  Allan has completed the successful installation of several photovoltaic energy systems which are owned by London Hydro with a total installed capacity of 430 kW and is working on projects involving electric car chargers which are integrated with lithium ion batteries.


Energy Storage – Plain and Simple by Andre Mech
There are many promising technologies on the horizon, super capacitors, hydrogen generators, pumped storage, mega batteries, etc., that propose to store power effectively and efficiently. As those technologies develop a very basic and efficient method of energy storage is available and will proliferate in parallel with the developing exotic technologies. This technology is heat storage and redistribution through a District Energy System.

District Energy Systems are essentially a method of moving heat to where it is needed or storing it until it is needed again. District Energy Systems move heat from those who create heat and those who store heat to those who need it during different times of the day.

This short presentation will discuss the benefits of a District Energy System by looking at a simple District Energy System that uses waste heat as a primary heat source, augmented by Biomass powered CHP System in an urban setting. We will see that District Energy Systems are very powerful in that through effective energy storage and distribution, they can cut monetary and environmental costs for users.

Andre MechAndre Mech is a Peng, MBA, CMVP and the founder of MECH Environmental, an engineering firm that has conducted energy efficiency emission reduction projects for over 15 years in North America and Europe.  He is also the co-owner of a Combined Heat and Power Biomass Energy System Company in Central Europe.  Andre actively promotes environmentally and fiscally responsible energy efficiency appearing as an expert witness to the Senate Standing Committee on Energy the Environment and Natural Resources, a guest on Professionally Speaking TV, a speaker at The Wall Street Green Trading Summit at the New York Times, the European Parliamentary Year Book, various technical professional organizations and is quoted in print media.  One of the technologies that Andre promotes is District Energy.  District Energy is essentially a method of moving heat between those who create it and those who store it to those who need it during different times of the day.  A District Energy System using waste heat augmented by a Biomass powered CHP System is a very powerful combination that can cut costs and increase revenues.  Andre is pleased to be on this panel and will draw directly from his European Biomass Powered Micro District Energy Project experience and the planning of the three massive Fort McMurray District Energy System Projects to illuminate the benefits of this alternative energy storage, movement and use concept.


Energy storage technologies and their applications by Dr. DasGupta
Energy storage is finally becoming a commercial reality and the pace of its implementation on the grid is rapidly increasing. Electrovaya has been on the forefront of this technology curve and is proud to be a Canadian lead organization in this increasingly globalized and competitive sector. Various technologies have been considered for use in energy storage applications and their advantages and disadvantages are discussed. Due to the broad spectrum of requirements, there is a corresponding broad spectrum of potential solutions. Specific case studies will be discussed along with the requirements and potential for large scale implementation of storage technologies in the grid.

DasGuptaDr. DasGupta received his PhD in Material Science from the University of Cambridge in 2008.  Dr. DasGupta is the Vice President, Business Development at Electrovaya. He currently leads Electrovaya’s business development activities in addition to leading the company’s efforts in the field of grid scale energy storage and automotive battery systems.   He  has helped with the development of MWh scale, distributed scale and smart grid energy storage solutions. He has also been closely involved with Electrovaya’s electric vehicle systems development and has helped develop many of the company’s international business relationships.  Dr. DasGupta has over 8 years experience working with lithium ion batteries, including fundamental materials and battery systems development and had presented at numerous scientific and industry conferences worldwide.


AIM: To identify and evaluate energy storage technologies which may generate regional economic activity in Sarnia-Lambton and SW Ontario.

This study was commissioned by the Sarnia-Lambton Economic Partnership (SLEP). Using a so- called “ shallow dive” methodology, it identified forty-four technologies, some mature but some very new. The primary focus was NOT necessarily deployment to benefit the Ontario grid, but applications with the potential to generate local economic activity. Results suggested applications closer to the customer meter, transportation and THERMAL as well as ELECTRICAL energy storage, especially those offering manufacturing and export opportunities.

John Ward John M. Ward, P.Eng, C.Eng, Six-Sigma originally graduated in mechanical/aeronautical engineering and has been a chartered member of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers since 1977, and a P.Eng since 1987.   He has over 40 years’ experience in the polymers, elastomers, automotive and energy industries, working for DuPont, Suncor,  Lurgi, Bayer, British Gas Corporation and British Leyland.  John is currently Vice President of BlueGreen Innovation Group, a company specializing in sustainable technologies.  He has been co-chair of the Bluewater Sustainability Initiative’s Technical/Energy Committee and director of the Southwest Ontario BioInnovations Network.   His areas of expertise include discovery and commercialization of sustainable technologies, project management, flue gas treatment, gasification, hydrogenation, rotating equipment and automotive vehicle dynamics.  John has lectured at Lambton College on sustainability topics.


Greg SheilGreg Sheil, obtained a Bachelor of Engineering Science degree from Western University in 1989.  He currently is the Manager of Engineering Logistics and has had a career in the electric distribution utility sector for over 26 years.  Greg is currently active on several committees representing London Hydro (Chair of the EDA Operations Council, Vice-Chair of the Utility Advisory Council, Hydro One DGWG, Community Emergency Management Program Committee, etc.) and is involved on the OEB committee for System Reliability.   Greg’s career at London Hydro has included responsibility for Reliability, SCADA, Standards, and administering generation contracts for microFIT, FIT, and large Load Displacement generation.   He has been a member of the PEO since 1991 and is also a current member of the IEEE Society.



Panel on Automation and Simulation

Date/Time: Oct. 27th, 1:30 PM
Room: Salon A/B

Abstracts & Panelists:

Laying the Groundwork for an Advanced Distribution Management System by Doug Scaife
Electric Utilities have been building and developing Engineering Information systems such as GIS, OMS, and SCADA for more than two decades. With the advent of the Advanced Distribution Management System, these heterogeneous technologies must now learn to integrate and “play” on the ADMS team. The presenter will discuss the strategic building blocks that contribute to achieving the ADMS vision and highlight the benefits and challenges Utilities experience when undertaking such an initiative.

Doug Scaife P.Eng., Managing Consultant-Utilities, Intergraph Canada Ltd. As a Managing Consultant, Mr. Scaife is responsible for the design and development of solutions for Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Outage Management System (OMS) projects within Intergraph Canada. He has guided the design, development and deployment of solutions to several municipal utilities in Ontario and Alberta. Mr. Scaife brings thorough industry knowledge and strong technical and project management skills to Intergraph’s team.


High Performance Computing by Craig Muller
High Performance Computing (HPC) has always attracted users, from various fields of study, who solve large and complex computation problems. Often, depending on the fields of study and the nature of the problem practical systems cannot be built before proper studies of robustness of the system is accomplished. Simulated studies are a great way of analyzing the accuracy, efficiency and robustness of any such problem.
In Power Systems, often, the nature and complexity of the problem leads to detailed models which rapidly increase the size of the equation to be solved. Such analyses, when performed on simulation software that are built to use conventional computers (single CPU) take long time. With the advancement in computer multiprocessor technologies and multiprocessor computers becoming commodity hardware, these simulation software need to be able to harness the multiple core computing power available at its disposal.
This presentation will demonstrate new and innovative ways to increase both performance and productivity through the use of parallel computing methods and automation built into an Electromagnetic Transient (EMT) simulation tool. It will also serve to highlight some of the practical considerations when using time domain simulators for studying complex power systems on commodity hardware. Future research and development in the use of specialized software and hardware will be explored as a glimpse of capabilities just around the corner.

Craig Muller, Manitoba HVDC Research Centre, is trained as an Electrical Engineer and holds both a Bachelor and Master Degree. He has targeted his career on the development of high tech tools for the purposes of simulating power system phenomena. His core strengths are object oriented software design, high performance computing, semantic modelling of high level architectures, product development and delivery.
Craig has 20 years’ experience in the area of time domain simulation for Electro-Magnetic Transients (EMT). His focus is primarily on the management and development of Power Systems Computer Aided Design (PSCAD) and all the technical requirements needed to maintain and create future capabilities. He is responsible for oversight of the PSCAD Development Group and overall design of its related products, processes, business development, staff and related activities.
Craig has a core set of management staff that perform specific oversight of functional areas involving product development, customer support, product maintenance and specialists applied to research development and product deployment.
Specific technical skill include extensive experience in object orient programming and design. Application of the S.O.L.I.D. principles of architecture development. Experienced and proficient and technical presentations at technical papers, conference papers, training and customer presentations at targeted customer sites around the world.


Case Study – Improving System Performance Using Distribution Network Automation by Amy Sinclair
After receiving a U.S. Department of Energy co-funded Smart Grid Investment Grant, Westar Energy implemented an economical and powerful distribution automation (DA) system that includes fully automated fault location, isolation, and service restoration (FLISR) functionality and volt/VAR control. The system described in this paper uses a centralized distribution automation controller (DAC) for automated feeder voltage profile optimization that remains fully functional alongside an FLISR system, which can change the power system topology. Additionally, the DA system provides intelligence and mitigation for miscoordination detection and overload avoidance.
One of the unique aspects of the DA system is that it is able to translate between various communications protocols. It also interfaces with the existing energy management system and integrates some existing Westar legacy equipment with new equipment and controls. Cellular modems and a secure Ethernet gateway provide secure wireless access to the distributed controls throughout the distribution system. Engineers use this remote access along with event collection to improve settings and system operation.
This paper describes the objectives of implementing the new Westar DA system, characteristics and capabilities of the system, system implementation, system performance during real-world events, and implications for future implementations throughout the Westar territory.

Amy Sinclair P.Eng., SEL – Senior Application Engineer – Protection, SEL Schweitzer Laboratories Inc.

Amy Sinclair received her BSEE degree from Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario. She began her career with Ontario Hydro, working for ten years as a protection and control engineer in the areas of design, operations, and project management. Electing to leave Hydro One she worked for a consulting company as a project manager with a focus on protective relaying and substation design. Currently Amy is employed as a senior application engineer with Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories, Inc. located in Chatham, Ontario. She has authored several technical papers in the area of power system protection and is registered as a Professional Engineer in the province of Ontario.



Panel on Electrification of Transportation

Date/Time: Oct. 27th, 3:40 PM
Room: Salon C

Electric Vehicles certainly have an ambitious future. Today, Plug-in electric vehicles are a small fraction of vehicle sales. With emissions policies and incentives emerging, there is no certain forecast for electric vehicle adoption rates. Norway is aiming for all new cars to be emissions-free by 2025, a mere 10 years away. The Canadian Energy Agency asserts that if Canada is to have more than 700,000 EVs on the road by 2035 issues such as population density, incumbent service providers and impact on electricity supply/demand mix. How can actors in policy, technology and business align to address the transportation electrification challenges of the future?


Cristina I. Terek obtained a Master in Engineering Science degree from Western University (UWO) in 1999. She subsequently began her employment with London Hydro and has continued as Distribution Engineer in various capacities since. Over the course of 15 years at London Hydro Cristina has been involved in System Planning, Reliability, Equipment Standards, Renewables, and lately in Asset Sustainment / Asset Management. Cristina is currently overseeing the reliability of power supply for customers in the city of London, in the context of continuous renewal of the distribution system. She has been a PEO member since 2001 and is also a current member of the IEEE society. Cristina has participated in numerous conferences and seminars, and has attended presentations by exceptional industry leaders that motivate her enthusiasm for solving engineering problems day by day.

Matt Stevens is CEO of CrossChasm Technologies, the company that created FleetCarma and MyCarma. He has been involved in the design of over 20 hybrid and electric vehicles, ranging from cars to lunar rovers and now works helps fleets and individuals looking to select and operate high-efficiency vehicles. This work includes supporting FleetCarma, which is the world leader in electric vehicle monitoring. Matt holds a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering and is Past-Chairman of EMC.

Since 2003, Jamie Skimming has been the Air Quality Manager for the City of London, Ontario – a position that manages air quality, climate change, and community energy policies and programs for London, Ontario. Jamie has a B.Sc. in Chemical Engineering from Queen’s University, and is a Professional Engineer with over 25 years of experience in air emissions management, climate change mitigation, and environmental management systems for municipal government, industry, and consulting. Prior to joining the City of London, Jamie worked in the steel industry for Dofasco in Hamilton, and for a number of consulting firms including Arthur. D. Little of Canada.


Luke Seewald currently holds the position of Director of Metering Services at London Hydro in Canada. Prior to working in Utilities, Luke led successful new product introduction as Interoperability Prime and Digital ASIC Designer at Kleer Semiconductor, a wireless home area low-power streaming media start-up. He held a technology supply-management role at Nortel Networks and commanded Canadian soldiers in electronic-warfare operations. He received his Honours B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering from Queen’s University, Canada and earned an MBA in Marketing from RSM Erasmus University, The Netherlands. Luke is a Professional Engineer in the Province of Ontario and a member of the IEEE.




Panel Integrated Grid, Microgrids, and Integrated Energy Planning

Date/Time: Oct. 28th, 10:20 AM
Room: Salon A/B

Abstracts & Panelists:

The role of Conservation and Demand Management in Integrated Planning by Gary Rains

Gary Rains, P. Eng., Director of Energy Management Programs, London Hydro, has had a career in the electric distribution utility sector (Ontario Hydro, Scarborough PUC, Toronto Hydro, and now London Hydro) that now spans 35 years.  His responsibilities over the years have included various SCADA and Distribution Automation systems, standards, revenue metering, and distribution system planning and Smart-metering.  His present responsibilities include developing and overseeing implementation of London Hydro’s CDM initiatives.


Power System Co-optimization by Steven Broad
The optimal use of power system resources is necessary to ensure economic viability of electric utilities and independent power producers. Recent improvements in computational speed and memory make it possible to expand the notion of power system resources to include generation, transmission, energy storage, operational/capacity reserves, natural gas infrastructure, and watersheds, among others. While these add computational complexity to the problem of optimal resource utilization, this cooptimization produces valuable information about constraints, and financial information associated with such problems.

Steven Broad, Ph.D, Lead Consultant – West Coast, Energy Exemplar LLC
Dr. Steven Broad has more than 15 years of experience working in the area of scientific computing and applied mathematics. He has deep experience in energy market simulation and forecasting, especially in the areas of short-term portfolio optimization and scheduling, economic assessment of transmission in nodal energy markets, energy market competitiveness metrics (such as RSI/HHI duration curves, and CMCP markup analysis), stochastic analysis of energy and gas futures and options, the development of market pricing algorithms, and extensive experience in the development of custom scheduling and optimization software systems for clients in the Americas, Europe, and Asia. He has built value for clients in the roles of software engineer, implementation lead, consultant, and market analyst. Prior to joining Energy Exemplar, Dr. Broad was a Professor of Mathematics at Saint Mary’s College, a market monitoring analyst at CAISO, and a senior programmer/analyst at Henwood Energy Services (now part of Ventyx, an ABB company). Dr. Broad received his Ph.D. in Mathematics from the University of Notre Dame, holds Master’s degrees in Mathematics from University of Notre Dame and Washington University in St Louis, and received his B.S. in Physics and Applied Mathematics from the University of Evansville.


Remote Microgrids, Diesel Generation, Renewable Energy, Power Storage : Smart Operation and Management by Doug Fyfe
Defining a Microgrid; critique of an existing Isolated Remote Microgrid; introduction and integration of Renewable Energy and Power Storage Systems; and Smart Operation and Management of Hybrid Diesel/PV/Power Storage System.

Doug Fyfe, Research Associate, Project Manager, University of Waterloo
Originally from Scotland and now also a Canadian citizen, Doug has been a project manager for over 35 years in various disciplines in Europe and Canada.

Doug set-up and managed a renewable energy co-operative and has conducted project studies in renewable energy from feasibility to implementation, including sourcing and overseeing contractors building renewable energy systems, their testing, commissioning and operation.

Since April 2013 Doug has been a Research Associate at the University of Waterloo, managing an electrical energy research project “Development of a Utility Grade Controller for Remote Microgrids with High Penetration Renewable Generation”. The site partner is Kasabonika Lake First Nation, a remote community in Northern Ontario.

Doug’s activities at the remote community included specifying sensor equipment and overseeing their installation, and personally installing a pyranometer & datalogging system, and on a met tower installing anemometers, windvanes, temperature sensor & datalogger, periodically checking on all of the equipment and manually downloading data.

Research Project Partners : Hatch Ltd; Hydro One Remote Communities Inc; Kasabonika Lake First Nation; Natural Resources Canada; University of Toronto; University of Waterloo; Wenvor Technologies Inc.

Doug has recently been awarded a contract to carry out a Feasibility Study for a PV Farm at the Kasabonika Lake First Nation. Project Partners : Aboriginal Affairs & Northern Development Canada; DMF Technology Applications; Kasabonika Lake First Nation; Shibogama Technical Services.

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