MISSISSAUGA, Ontario--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Panasonic Eco Solutions Canada Inc. announced that it has received a Canadian Solar Industries Association (CanSIA) Game Changer Award, the “Energy Management Award,” as part of the annual “Game Changer Awards Gala”. CanSIA hosts the gala and provides awards to recognize leaders who have provided service excellence, outstanding leadership or innovation in the advancement of the Canadian solar sector over the last year.
"Canada competes globally due in large part to individuals and companies in the solar industry who show leadership, and take innovation, technology and research to a new level," said John Gorman, CanSIA President and CEO. "We feel it's important to recognize special achievement."
“We are honored to receive the Energy Management Award at this year’s Gala,” said Walter Buzzelli, Managing Director at Panasonic Eco Solutions Canada Inc. “Panasonic was able to demonstrate its innovative energy management technology over the past year by integrating our battery storage and solar PV in a microgrid environment. This award serves as recognition to the type of game changing system that we can provide to customers in an emerging segment of the market.”
Last year, Panasonic Eco Solutions demonstrated the unique energy management technology as it participated in the Energy Open Access to Sustainable Intermittent Sources (OASIS) project as part of a Smart Microgrid Program at the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT). The BCIT microgrid project features a sophisticated and integrated system that includes 250kW of solar PV modules for renewable energy generation, a 500kWhr lithium-ion battery for energy storage and additional efficient energy management components to achieve Canada’s first Smart Power Microgrid; the system was commissioned in March 2014.
At the heart of the BCIT microgrid system is the Panasonic Battery Energy Storage System (BESS), which consists of lithium-ion batteries and a bidirectional inverter. The Panasonic BESS communicates with a Distributed Energy Management System (DEMS). The DEMS learns when to buy, sell or store energy using intelligent algorithms and sends the requests to store or discharge the BESS at key times, such as peak usage or in low utility rate hours. The BCIT Burnaby campus’ Smart Power Microgrid is a ‘game changer’ as it is the first of its kind in Canada that successfully demonstrates the integration of solar power, energy storage and electric vehicles in a grid-tied or ‘islanded’ configuration.
Learn more about Panasonic Eco Solutions Canada by visiting: http://www.panasonic.ca/solar.
About Panasonic Eco Solutions Canada Inc.
Panasonic Eco Solutions Canada Inc. is the Canadian arm of a global team within Panasonic Corporation. Its mission is to become the leader in the deployment of renewable, smart energy systems in Canada. Panasonic provides reliable and bankable, end-to-end turnkey solutions, enabling all the required elements for renewable solar and energy storage initiatives, including full installation, financing, long term assurance and operations and maintenance.