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WorleyParsons Awarded Microgrid Project By The University Of Toronto

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In a first of its kind project for university research settings, WorleyParsons, the global professional services firm for the energy sector, is set to install an entirely Direct Current (DC) microgrid system at the University of Toronto in Toronto, Ontario Canada.

This project will see an entirely Direct Current (DC) microgrid system installed at the University of Toronto in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The microgrid will provide the university with power resiliency, will reduce electricity costs, and will enable new cutting-edge research at the University.

When reviewing the available technologies that could potentially meet the University's requirements for the project, WorleyParsons' Smart & Distributed Energy team identified ARDA Power as the clear leader in the field for Direct Current microgrid systems of this size and functionality.

The microgrid will couple energy supplied by the grid and rooftop solar power with a lithium-ion battery and DC loads. The University of Toronto laboratory will use the microgrid system to develop and test new energy management software for various approaches to Electric Vehicle (EV) charging.

“This project is the first of its' kind in the university research setting and is attributable to the vision of the University of Toronto and the unique microgrid technology provided for the project by ARDA Power,” said Michael Cantin, Vice President of Operations, WorleyParsons.

“For WorleyParsons, this contract adds to our list of projects in the renewable energy space which are helping our customers to meet the world's changing resource and energy needs,” added Cantin.

Tristan Jackson, Director of Smart & Distributed Energy for WorleyParsons said, “DC microgrid technology holds great promise for simplifying microgrid design and the related interconnection process, and for improving efficiency by eliminating redundant AC/DC conversions. The Direct Current approach to microgrids can save significant costs on equipment, installation, interconnection to the grid, and operations. We anticipate many more such projects in the near future. Two areas where we see the greatest potential for these systems to bring disruptive value are electric vehicle charging and indoor agriculture.”

Aleksey Toporkov, President of ARDA Power, said “We are pleased to further our collaboration with WorleyParsons on this unique DC microgrid project and look forward to delivering a system to the University of Toronto that will help further their research into cutting edge electric vehicle charging technology.”

The engineering and procurement phases are underway, and the construction phase is set to begin in July 2019, with project completion expected by the end of December 2019.

The WorleyParsons project team will include highly skilled subject matter experts, including Director of Smart & Distributed Energy, Tristan Jackson, and Director of Engineering, Hariharan Viswanathan.


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