IEEE Kitchener - Waterloo Section
ELECTRICAL AND COMPUTER ENGINEERING
Presents a Seminar on:
Utilizing Thermal Storage to Enable High Penetration of Renewables in Canada
Dr. Steven Wong
T&D Renewable Integration Specialist
CanmetENERGY – Natural Resources Canada
Professor Kankar Bhattacharya
Thermal energy storage can be used to reshape electric heating demand without affecting comfort. At the residential level, there are two major opportunities for using thermal energy storage: space heating/cooling and water heating. Thermal energy storage from space heating can be captured by using either electric thermal storage (ETS) units (thermal bricks in an insulated container) or, as also the case for space cooling, from the house itself. Electric water heaters (EWHs), ranging from conventional units with add-on load controllers to plastic-polymer tanks with integrated ‘smart’ units, can be used to utilize the thermal storage potential from water heating. This presentation will provide an overview of the work done in the realm of residential and what remains to be done. This includes device modelling; individual and population simulation including user behaviour; prototype development and testing; products on the market; potential assessment and market sizing; applications (with particular attention to renewables integration); and other energy alternatives (and its respective advantages/disadvantages). Finally, some innovative smart grid implementations of residential thermal storage by Canadian utilities will be discussed.
Steven Wong has been a researcher with the Department of Natural Resources, Government of Canada, in the CanmetENERGY Laboratory since 2010. Within, he is a member of the Renewable and Distributed Energy Resources Group whose activities include working with partners in government, industry, and academia to “act as a supplier and catalyst for a sustainable energy future for Canada”. Dr. Wong obtained a Master’s of Management Sciences and a PhD in Electrical Engineering in 2005 and 2009 respectively, from the University of Waterloo, where he pursued studies in electric power systems and operations research. His research experience spans the fields of renewable integration and smart grid, including distribution, bulk, and remote community system operation, electric and thermal storage, wind and solar generation, and innovative energy markets. Most recently, his work has focused on assessing the roles of residential demand response for renewables integration.
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