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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


Hydrail Conference


Dates:  Thu, 06/11/2009 – Fri, 06/12/2009

Location:  Charlotte, NC USA

The Focus: The Fifth International Hydrail Conference agenda departs somewhat from the first four IHCs in that it focuses on three featured subjects: (1) mass carbon-free hydrogen production technologies to fuel hydrail trains and other vehicles; (2) the economic importance of avoiding commitment to new externally powered rail lines – especially for streetcars; and (3) hydrogen fuel cell streetcars: the hydrolley and its revolutionary significance for urban transportation planning.

Spotlighting Canada: Canada’s long-standing leadership role in hydrail introduction will be emphasized. The Canadian Consulate to North Carolina plays a major role in producing this year’s Hydrail Conference.

Conference Presentations

Thursday June 11, 2009

Prologue Speakers

• Robert Stasko, University of Ontario – Promising technologies for producing industrial scale hydrogen with low or zero carbon emissions

• Dr. Barry Burks, Charlotte Research Institute – Welcome Why CRI Is Hosting This Years IHC

• Jennifer Roberts, Mecklenburg County Commission Chair – Welcome

• Jason Hoyle, Appalachian State University – Brief History & Origin of the International Hydrail Conference

• Dr. Alistair Miller, Atomic Energy of Canada Ltd. – Why Rail is the Best use of H2 & The Environmental Urgency

Mass Production of Hydrogen Fuel for Hydrail

• Kevin Major, University of North Carolina at Charlotte – Nanocatalyst-based hydrogen production

• Dr. Bill Summers, Savannah River National Laboratory – High Temperature Thermochemical Water Splitting Using the Sulfur/Iodine Cycle

Innovative Technologies Enable Supply of Electric Fuel and Green Transportation

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This presentation was a part of the 2009 Plug’nDrive Ontario Meeting



Ontario is ideally positioned to allow for a widespread adoption of Electric Vehicles (EV). Our energy system is clean and night-time charging allows drivers to take advantage of low time of use prices. Additionally, more than 85% of Ontario commuters travel less than 25km to get to work – making the switch to an EV even easier.


Plug’nDrive Ontario aims to make EVs a reality for everyone in Ontario through partnerships with government, electricity companies, car and infrastructure manufacturers, researchers, NGOs and other commercial partners. Plug’nDrive is dedicated to creating public awareness and promoting the environmental and economic benefits that EVs can bring to Ontario.




Transmission/Distribution System Futures? : Distributed Generation and the Future of Ontario’s Electric Grid

Session 4: Transmission/Distribution System Futures?

This session is devoted to alternate visions of the On- tario electricity grid. Will it (or should it) be the tradi- tional model of large scale generating plants located a long distance from load, or will it be more focused on the distributed generation model with genera- tion embedded within large load centres? While the latter model minimizes the need for new transmis- sion lines, it raises an entirely new set of issues with respect to meeting local reliability requirements.

Chair Bryne Purchase, Executive Director, Queen’s Institute for Energy and Environmental Policy


Jan Carr, Corporate Director and fomer CEO of Ontario Power Authority

Don MacKinnon, President, Power Workers’ Union Steve Dorey, Vice President, External Relations,

Hydro One Networks Inc. Robert Stasko, Director Business Development,


George Todd, President, George Todd Consulting

and Policies, Ontario Power Authority

Ontario Centre of Excellence for Energy