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UNB awarded ACOA Atlantic Innovation Fund to develop Smart Grid Solutions

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Thanks to funding from the Federal Government through Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA) Atlantic Innovation Fund (AIF), the University of New Brunswick (UNB) will advance their existing smart grid expertise infrastructure as well as refine the technology. This will allow UNB to deliver solutions for renewable energy to meet Canada's and the world's future energy needs.

The work from this AIF will advance Canada's efforts for a cleaner economy and help realize Canada's climate change goals.

Project partner Emera Inc. is providing $1.4 million to the project, ACOA invests $2.8 million in the project and NSERC provides $82,100 towards the project for a total of ~$4.28 million.

The project goal is to distribute energy resource solutions for commercialization by industry and its implementation by utilities. This will be achieved through the designing, building, testing and demonstrating of a suite of distributed energy resource solutions. Emera will deploy and test the project results within its system network at Barbados Light and Power. After testing in a real-world environment, the results will be refined and validated by industry players, users, suppliers, regulators, and others.

“We’re excited to support innovation-focused research towards creating a 100 percent clean electricity supply. We believe the kind of technology being developed at UNB will play a critical role in making it possible for 100 percent renewable energy to be affordable and reliable to serve our customers in the future.”
– Chris Huskilson, president & CEO, Emera Inc.

To read the full article in UNB's Newsroom, click here.