Energy Storage Site Tours
in the Greater Toronto Area
Sept. 19, 2017


Join us for three unique tours that offer exciting opportunities to see operational storage systems in action in the Greater Toronto Area. The tours highlight ESC’s 2017 “Connecting to Now” conference theme and cover several different types of energy storage, including one-of-a-kind installations and configurations. Space in each site tour is limited, so register as soon as possible to guarantee your spot!

All tours include transportation to and from our conference venue at the Toronto Reference Library 789 Yonge Street, Toronto.

You must be registered for the full conference to take part in the tours

Details - September 19

  • Depart: 1:00 p.m. from 789 Yonge St. Toronto.
  • Return: 5:00 p.m. to 789 Yonge St. for opening reception


Tour A

Alectra Utilities Corporation Energy Storage & Demand Response Demos

Alectra is a leader and innovator in the utility space with a range of storage and micogrid projects. Tour includes:

  • Demonstration of bringing storage on and offline, and include cycle times, how storage interacts with generation and loads as well as vehicle storage-to-home.
  • Penetanguishene Microgrid information sharing, an autonomous micro-grid system serving the community of over 9,000 residences with a peak load of over 3MW. The solution, consists of grid scale batteries, together with power conversion systems and a state-of-the art micro-grid controller. This system provides resiliency through dynamic islanding and battery backup with distribution automation functions including self-healing and automatic fault correction.
  • Power House demand response demonstration using integrated solar, storage and a two-way grid for the DR.

Maximum: 36 participants

Tour B

Hydrostor - Compressed Air Energy Storage Facility on Toronto Island

Take a trip across the water to Toronto Island in Lake Ontario to visit Hydrostor’s compressed-air energy storage facility. This is a one-of-a-kind project that has captured worldwide attention for its innovation and ingenuity.  Hydrostor’s proprietary Advanced Compressed Air Energy Storage (A-CAES) technology is the leading low-cost bulk energy storage solution. It addresses intermittent renewable generation (solar, wind), reserve capacity, peak shaving, and transmission and distribution deferral.

Commissioned in 2016, this facility serves as a proof of concept for adiabatic Compressed Air Energy Storage.  The site tour of the surface facility will show where the Air Pipe enters the ground, and is connected to the compressor, turbine (expander), and thermal storage unit.  Electrical interconnection and control systems will also highlight the integration into the grid for our utility host Toronto Hydro.

Maximum: 30 participants


Tour C

Toronto Hydro Facilities and Deltro Energy Inc. Storage Project

This tour encompasses four destinations and showcases three innovative energy storage installations at Toronto Hydro as well as a peek at the new Deltro Energy Inc. battery energy storage facility focused on providing grid ancillary services.

Roding Community Centre

Deployment of Supervisory Predictive Control technology as an advanced smart grid solution for electric distribution management. This will enable the site to operate as a micro grid, allowing it to operate in parallel or independent of the grid using Distributed Generation. The visit includes a demonstration of:

  • Innovative Supervisory Predictive Control technology
  • A 500kW / 250kWh Li-Ion Battery Energy Storage
  • A 75 kW Rooftop Solar PV system

World’s first grid-scale pole-mounted energy storage unit

This part of the tour will feature a drive-by and commentary on this world’s first, innovative unit installed on a hydro pole. The modular battery energy storage unit, in combination with a custom built smart controller will work in unison and charge during off-peak hours and discharge during peak hours.  Showcases the development of a local technology by Toronto company, e-camion. The controller and other solutions are locally developed and are going to be pursued for worldwide commercialization.

Deltro Energy Inc.

The 4MW battery energy storage system facility was contracted by the IESO in the Phase I energy storage procurement of 2014 for grid ancillary services. This battery energy storage system will be used for peak shaving as well as to evaluate its performance for reactive power support and voltage control service on the Toronto Hydro and Hydro One transmission grids.  For safety reasons, the tour will include a visit only to the exterior of the facility.

Toronto Hydro Community Energy Storage

At Toronto Hydro’s Commissioner Street facility, experts will highlight:

  • Community Energy Storage (CES) project, a federally supported initiative that was undertaken by a consortium and funded in part by the Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC) and the Smart Grid Fund (SGF). CES uses lithium‐ion technology and will supply 500kW/500kWh.

Maximum: 36 participants