Future of Energy Storage

  • 31 May 2016
  • 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM
  • Fox and Fiddle, 280 Bloor St W

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Ontario is a leader in Canada for adopting renewable energy such as solar, wind, biofuels. Traditionally, electricity must be consumed when produced. The question arises when the generation sources (incl. renewables) produce more than what the electricity grid needs.

Energy Storage comes in as a buffer to balance supply and demand, stabilize fluctuating solar & wind production, reduce the need for expensive system upgrades, and ultimately create a healthier grid.

In 2013, the Ontario Ministry of Energy released its Long-Term Energy Plan which mandated the procurement of 50 MW of energy storage.   Stakeholders like local distribution companies (LDC), end-users and regulators are evaluating energy storage’s importance for the Ontario electricity grid.  

As the holy grail of renewable energy, is energy storage ready for prime time? Technologies include pumped hydro, compressed air, flywheel, hydrogen (fuel cells) and all types of batteries (lead acid, lithium-ion, salt water, flow battery etc.).  


In this event, we will cover topics such as:

How does Flywheel store energy?

How does Hydrostor use pumped air to store energy under lake Ontario?

What is in the IESO Report: Energy Storage that came out in March 2016? 

What is the policy background? What are some of the implications of this report?

What are some of the energy storage projects that Toronto Hydro is undertaking? 

What are some of the opportunities and challenges of energy storage in Ontario?

4 Featured Speakers:

Cam Carver, Entrepreneur and technology executive

Curtis VanWalleghem, CEO, Hydrostor Inc.

Gary Thompson,Lead, Generation & System Studies, Engineering & Investment Planning,Toronto Hydro

Conrad Fox, Planner, Power System Planning at Independent Electricity System Operator(IESO)

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