New Brunswick University receives $7m for smart grid research
September 17, 2019
The Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA) is giving the University of New Brunswick more than $7m in funding to expand its smart grid research initiatives.
Of the funding, more than $6.6m will be used for UNB’s Atlantic Digital Grid project, which will result in a number of tools and technologies for energy distribution, analysis, threat detection, infrastructure and business modelling.
Smart grid, also known as digital grid, modernises conventional electric power systems, transforming them from one-way systems to a grid that shares information and electricity both ways. The Atlantic Digital Grid project is a five-year initiative to address the complex technical, regulatory and social issues involved in modernising the systems.
ACOA is also contributing $879,000 towards UNB’s smart grid innovation network, building on the university’s existing assets and expertise in energy management. The network was established in partnership with NB Power and Siemens.
“The emerging field of smart grid technology has the potential to transform the world’s power systems, and the University of New Brunswick is at the forefront of these innovations,” said Paul Mazerolle, UNB president and vice-chancellor. “The Atlantic Digital Grid project will join the smart grid innovation network and the Emera & NB Power Research Centre for Smart Grid Technologies to expand the innovation hub in our region, driving research and discovery and fuelling growth in the Atlantic Canadian economy.”
The announcement was made by Navdeep Bains, minister of innovation, science and economic development and minister responsible for ACOA.
“I am proud of our government’s support for UNB’s cutting-edge work in digital grid technologies,” said Bains. “This investment will help increase business activity in Atlantic Canada’s cleantech sector and will put the region on the map as a leader in energy distribution, minimising the economic and environmental costs of operations, and providing long-term rate stability for customers. All of this will boost economic growth and help to build a sustainable economy for future generations.”
The picture shows UNB vice-president George MacLean, UNB president Paul Mazerolle, Fredericton MP Matt DeCourcey, and Navdeep Bains. Credit: Rob Blanchard/UNB.