Feasibility Study of a Community Microgrid: Key Components, Control and Communications
This project involves the feasibility study of specific community microgrid technologies for the development of a Smart Community in London, Ontario by SE2 Technologies Inc. A first of its kind, such a community will represent a learning platform for universities and other cities in Canada. The smart community will consist of a minimum of 50 residential units situated in London, Ontario, and will be Net ZERO energy, built electric car ready and emphasize Smart Grid technology including the demonstration of a community microgrid. The goal of the community microgrid will be to provide reliable, sustainable and efficiently power to the local community using locally produced renewable energy. This work involves a necessary first step in assessing the feasibility of critical technologies for the community microgrid design. Three aspects are investigated: 1) the identification of key system components, 2) the development of aspects of a control platform, and 3) research of the best in class communication network. Currently, in Phase I of the plan, SE2 is conducting a broad study to determine the best in class technologies and designs at the building and community level. This project contributes to the feasibility study of microgrid control and communications system.