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Microgrids — sustainability, reliability, independence, investment

September 20, 2017 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm


Microgrids could become a $40 billion-a-year global business by 2020, siphoning about 6 GW of business away from utilities.  By 2020 microgrids could provide between $64 billion and $171 billion in electricity cost savings to commercial companies in 20 countries.

A microgrid is found “behind the meter” with any commercial, institutional or homeowner customer.   The fundamentals of a microgrid include removal of all links with fossil fuel infrastructure and cost savings through energy efficiency.  Major subsystems include:

  • Electrical energy generation
  • Electrical and thermal energy storage
  • Building internal climate control
  • Demand side management

This presentation will address what one Ottawa home microgrid looks like today and where it will be in the coming months.

By CACOR member Art Hunter.   B. Eng RMC, Ph.D Imperial College, NDC

Career highlights include, RCAF, member of the spacecraft design group Telesat Canada, Deputy Manager mechanical systems for the Communications Technology Satellite (Hermes) and Project Manager for the Canadarm project at the National Research Council of Canada.  Assigned to IRAP as special projects manager and eventually established Drex Engineering Consultants and still works with Canadian industrial clients after 28 years in the private sector.


September 20, 2017
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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Canadian Association for the Club of Rome


Army Officer’s Mess
149 Somerset Street West
Ottawa, On Canada
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