AI-EES funds six new energy storage projects to evaluate advanced technology for Alberta power grid

Written By: Tracy Dawson Roses
June 30, 2015

On June 30, Alberta Innovates – Energy and Environment Solutions (AI-EES) announced CAD $1.5 million in funding for six new energy storage projects that aim to help the province meet its targets to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and accelerate the deployment of renewable energy.

As a result of an international competition seeking the energy storage technologies that could have the most potential for Alberta, AI-EES received over 50 proposals. The Corporation’s experts and external advisors chose the technologies with the greatest potential for implementation to Alberta’s power grid.

Dr. Mark Summers, Director of Renewable Energy for AI-EES remarked:

“Clean power generation is a critical challenge for Alberta. Our goal is to have 20 per cent electricity generation from renewable energy in 2030. These energy storage projects will be instrumental in harnessing Alberta’s renewable resources and integrating them onto the electricity grid affordably and efficiently.”

The awards included the following projects:
• Unify Energy: Liverpool Wind and Regenerative Air Energy Storage Project
• TransAlta Emerging Technologies: TransAlta Commercial-Scale Battery Pilot Project
• ZincNyx Energy Solutions Inc.: Zinc-Air Fuel Cell for Renewable Energy Storage
• University of Calgary: Redox Flow Battery Innovation for Large Scale Electrical Energy Storage
• Ambri: Project Energy Bank
• Eguana Technologies: Distributed Lithium-Ion Storage for Demand Charge Reduction.