Sheridan College Opens Energy Laboratory
Sheridan College in Ontario, Canada, has announced the grand opening of its Integrated Energy Systems Laboratory at the Davis Campus in Brampton.
The lab was designed and project managed by Renteknik Group. The project focused on the integration of four renewable energy sources—solar PV and thermal, fuel cell, wind turbine and micro hydro—with a battery storage unit, a customized energy management system (EMS) and three different energy loads within a virtual microgrid.
The EMS uses SCADA software to calculate and show energy balances between the generation resources, the storage system and the applicable loads to mirror a live microgrid.
The project is being carried out in phases. The first phase, which is now complete, included the installation of solar thermal and solar PV panels on the Davis Campus C-wing building roof. Wind, micro hydro and fuel cell energy sources will be integrated in the future, and a centrally located system operation dashboard showing the energy production and related consumption within the virtual grid will be made available for public viewing.
The lab will enable students and researchers to create various theoretical simulations, conduct real-time data analysis and evaluate effects of different energy management approaches related to distribution. It will also help the College to develop energy-saving strategies that can be implemented to support its goal of cutting energy consumption in its existing buildings in half by 2020.
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