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BCIT Smart Microgrid
Research
Clay Howey
October 2013

Creating and Building Sustainable Environments

1
The Project
Canada’s first campus based Smart Microgrid

2
Current Sub-Project Details
 Energy Management System
 Maquinna Residence Metering
 AFRESH Home
 Thermal Turbine

 Bu...
EMS - Energy Mgmt System
 Collect data from meters
 Measure power generation
 Monitor sensors
 Respond to pricing sign...
Maquinna Residence
 Background
 7 Residence buildings
 4 suites per building = 28 suites
total
 12 students per suite ...
Maquinna Residence
 Solution
 Smart meters
 EMS Residence Portal
 Competition

6
EMS Residence Portal
 Increase awareness of electrical

consumption
 Reduce consumption by
modifying consumer behavior
...
EMS Residence Portal

8
Residence Competitions
 Provides incentive to conserve
 Makes electrical consumption

visible
 Provides opportunity to ...
AFRESH Home
 Solar panels
 Wind Turbine
 Fuel cell
 EV charging station

 Fuel Cell
 Smart Appliances
 Gridpoint EM...
Thermal Turbine
 New advanced multi-fuel

boiler in SE8
 Combined Heat and Power
(CHP)
 Waste heat used to drive
steam ...
Building NE25
 NRCAN funded project
 Using Acuakom to send

OpenADR pricing signals to
commercial building
automation sy...
Electric Vehicles
 BCIT Champion of Project Get Ready

Vancouver
 Member of Provincial Plug-In Working
Group (now called...
Substation Automation Lab
 Relays and control gear &

software from multiple
vendors
 Interoperability testing
 IEC 618...
Data Communication
 ZigBee Home Area

Networks (HAN)
 ISM band RF & PLC
Neighbourhood Area
Networks (NAN)
 WiMAX Wide A...
SME Involvement
 Tantalus System Corp
 Corinex Communications
 Energy Aware
 BitStew

 Rainforest Automation
 Embedd...
Conclusions
BCIT’s Intelligent Microgrid Initiative is about:
 Providing new and unique educational/training services for...
Questions?
Come see us – we love to demo!
 Clay Howey
 BCIT Group for Advanced Information

Technology (GAIT)
 clay_how...
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  1. 1. BCIT Smart Microgrid Research Clay Howey October 2013 Creating and Building Sustainable Environments 1
  2. 2. The Project Canada’s first campus based Smart Microgrid 2
  3. 3. Current Sub-Project Details  Energy Management System  Maquinna Residence Metering  AFRESH Home  Thermal Turbine  Building NE25  Electric Vehicles  Substation Automation Lab  Data Communication 3
  4. 4. EMS - Energy Mgmt System  Collect data from meters  Measure power generation  Monitor sensors  Respond to pricing signals (demand response)  Reduce electrical consumption  Implement communication standards from NIST, IEC, ANSI, EPRI, ASHRAE, etc. 4
  5. 5. Maquinna Residence  Background  7 Residence buildings  4 suites per building = 28 suites total  12 students per suite = 336 residence students  Houses completely electrically powered (no gas)  Houses essentially identical  Perfect research opportunity! 5
  6. 6. Maquinna Residence  Solution  Smart meters  EMS Residence Portal  Competition 6
  7. 7. EMS Residence Portal  Increase awareness of electrical consumption  Reduce consumption by modifying consumer behavior  Social science research strongly influences portal design  Consumers sensitive to how they’re doing vs their neighbours  People like competitions… 7
  8. 8. EMS Residence Portal 8
  9. 9. Residence Competitions  Provides incentive to conserve  Makes electrical consumption visible  Provides opportunity to test research theories about consumer behaviour  Lets utilities know what does and doesn’t work 9
  10. 10. AFRESH Home  Solar panels  Wind Turbine  Fuel cell  EV charging station  Fuel Cell  Smart Appliances  Gridpoint EMS  Beyond Net-Zero home  Grid integration issues
  11. 11. Thermal Turbine  New advanced multi-fuel boiler in SE8  Combined Heat and Power (CHP)  Waste heat used to drive steam turbine  Will generate ~ 230 kW  Will allow building to be “islanded” from grid 11
  12. 12. Building NE25  NRCAN funded project  Using Acuakom to send OpenADR pricing signals to commercial building automation system  Facilitates “demand response” where the building can reduce power consumption based on pricing signals
  13. 13. Electric Vehicles  BCIT Champion of Project Get Ready Vancouver  Member of Provincial Plug-In Working Group (now called Plug-In BC)  BCIT hosts monthly meetings of Vancouver Electric Vehicle Association  Purchased 7 Level 2 Charging Stations, of which 2 have been installed on campus  Share access to Plug-In Toyota Prius with BC Hydro, Province, UVic, and CoV 13
  14. 14. Substation Automation Lab  Relays and control gear & software from multiple vendors  Interoperability testing  IEC 61850 “GOOSE” messaging over fibre optics  Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity testing 14
  15. 15. Data Communication  ZigBee Home Area Networks (HAN)  ISM band RF & PLC Neighbourhood Area Networks (NAN)  WiMAX Wide Area Network (WAN)  IEC 61850 over fibre and WiMAX 15
  16. 16. SME Involvement  Tantalus System Corp  Corinex Communications  Energy Aware  BitStew  Rainforest Automation  Embedded Automation  Tofino Security  Whitenoise Labs  REV 16
  17. 17. Conclusions BCIT’s Intelligent Microgrid Initiative is about:  Providing new and unique educational/training services for students,       faculty and industry Reducing the carbon footprint and energy costs of BCIT and other Microgrid campuses across Canada Putting BCIT on the map as the leader in training & development of smart energy management systems Helping utilities modernize their services & assets Mitigating critical infrastructure risks, security, reliability and vulnerability Providing opportunities for local SMEs to showcase solutions Creating a ‘sandbox’ where new technologies and solutions can be developed, tested and qualified 17
  18. 18. Questions? Come see us – we love to demo!  Clay Howey  BCIT Group for Advanced Information Technology (GAIT)  clay_howey@bcit.ca  http://www.bcit.ca/microgrid 18

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