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2012 Distributed Energy Storage Conference: Challenges & Opportunities

Conference Sponsors:  Natural Resources Canada, Ontario Ministry of Energy, Ontario Centres of Excellence and Science Concepts Inc.

Background to this conference:

the perfect storm that creates a need for commercialized energy storage solutions in this province:

  • The need to implement smart grid strategies that maximize the utility of the existing electricity system and which guides prudent investments in new grid infrastructure.
  • A persistent surplus of base load generation capacity at night when demand is low
  • The growing contribution from renewable but intermittent sources of electricity
  • A small but rapidly developing storage technology sub-sector in Ontario, and a new wave of entrepreneurs   who are driving this development.



Join us on November 27, 2012 for an exploration of how energy storage technologies could become a valuable component of the ‘smart’ electricity grid – particularly in a distributed modality.  Expert panelists, industry leaders and key decision makers will participate in discussions around market opportunities, implementation challenges, technology applications and proposed next stepsInvited Keynote Speakers:    Representatives from EPRI and the Energy Storage Association – Pilots, Activities and Lessons learned

Four Major Themes and Panels:

  1. Overview of Energy Storage R&DD and Capacity for Innovation in Ontario
    Moderator: Carole Champion, (Director Cleantech OCE)
  2. The Views of Technology Developers – and LDC Partners
    Moderator: George Cadete, (Director Commercialization, Ontario Ministry of Economic Development and Innovation)
  3. Potential Applications and Economic Opportunities for Energy Storage in Ontario
    Moderator: Ken Nakahara, (Manager, Smart Grid and Networks, Ontario Ministry of Energy)
  4. Afternoon Breakout Sessions –  recommendations under 3 themes:
    a) Enabling Utilities and the Value Proposition
    b) Public Policy for Technology and Market Development
    c) Storage Technology Entrepreneurs – best way forward?
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Smart Futures

link: DSEA Smart Futures

Robert Stasko: Speaker

SmartFutures:  Connecting Energy, Technology & Communities

November 2 & 3, 2011

The Durham Strategic Energy Alliance is hosting our Signature Conference Event in November.  This year’s theme is: SmartFutures: Connecting Energy, Technology & Communities, covering topics related to the smart energy ecosystem.  A successful energy ecosystem must consist of a truly integrated network of systems and capabilities.  This year’s conference will focus on the collaboration and intersection of three key segments of the smart energy market – energy, including renewable energy and energy storage; technology or enabling applications, including issues around privacy and security; and communities; including case studies of community adoption of smart energy practices.

In an effort to bring together professionals from various industries and disciplines topics covered will provide local examples of smart energy applications and projects underway; best practices from leading jurisdictions on the adoption of various technologies and discussions around the relationships and collaborative efforts that have enabled energy ecosystem successes around the world.

Fourth Annual Colloquium on Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Technologies

Building on the success of the last four years, the Queen’s-RMC Fuel Cell Research Centre (FCRC), Kingston and
the National Research Council Canada (NRC), Ottawa announces the Fifth Annual Colloquium on Fuel Cell and
Hydrogen Technologies.
This year’s colloquium features the following invited speakers:
• Dr. Shawn Litster, Carnegie Mellon University
• Dr. Warren Mabee, Queen’s School of Policy Studies
• Dr. Joshua Pearce, Queen’s University
• Mr. Robert (Bob) StaskoOntario Centres of Excellence
The objective of the colloquium is to provide a forum for presenters and attendees to learn and exchange
valuable experiences concerning the following topics:
– PEMFC and SOFC Modelling
– PEMFC and SOFC Materials and Manufacturing
– Fuel Cell Applications and the Hydrogen
Economy (portable, stationary, transportation)
– Alternative transportation fuels

OSEA Community Power 2010: Electric vehicle and grid integration

link: OSEA Community Power 2011

OSEA sees Community Power being defined as:  a class of sustainable energy projects that are owned, developed and controlled in full or in part (50 per cent or more) by residents of the community in which the project is located.

Topic: Electric vehicle and grid integration

Sandy Di Felice, Director, External Affairs, Toyota Canada

Dr. Jatin Nathwani, Waterloo University and co-author of the PEV Gap Analysis

om Odell, Manager of the Electric Vehicles Project, Toronto Hydro

Bob Oliver, Director Transportation Projects, Pollution Probe

 Moderators: Cara Clairman, VP of Susutainability, OPG; Robert Stasko, Director Business Development OCE

International Green Energy Conference – University of Waterloo

Opening Session:

Dr. Xianguo Li and Dr. Jatin Nathwani Dr. Feridun Hamdullahpur, VP Academics and Provost, University of Waterloo

Dr. Kamiel Gabriel, Assistant Deputy Minister and Science Advisor, Ministry of Research and Innovation, Government of Ontario

Mr. Jonathan Norman, Ministry of Energy and Infrastructure, Government of Ontario

Mayor Brenda Halloran, City of Waterloo

Robert Stasko, Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE)

Evolution of the Electricity Grid – McMaster Institute for Energy Studies

Workshop on The Evolution of the Electricity Grid: Cognitive Energy Systems

March 19th, 2010

Mr. Bob Stasko, Director, Business Development, OCE
“How Innovative Technologies and New Thinking Can Shape the Evolution of the Electric Grid” »

Smart Metering & Advanced Metering Infrastructure Conference & Exhibit