Groundbreaking new energy storage system mounts to existing poles

Lacy Cooke for Inhabitat:  Toronto Hydro is running a pilot program with the pole-mounted energy storage system in the city’s North York neighborhood. Drawing on eCAMION battery technology, the energy storage system was first developed at Ryerson University. According to the press release, the system completely lacks a footprint, because it can be attached to existing infrastructure.

The energy storage system can be mounted 16 feet up on power poles, and can store as much energyas around 2,100 smartphone batteries could. During off-peak hours, it stores power and then releases it when there’s a demand. Energy storage technology could lengthen the lifespan of some of Toronto Hydro’s equipment, and offer reliability as a backup power source in case of an outage.

Bala Venkatesh, Academic Director at Ryerson University’s Center for Urban Energy, described this energy storage unit as the first of its kind in the world, saying in a statement, “This project showcases how the use of energy storage and smart grid technologies can enhance distribution system performance and reduce asset upgrade costs.”  Full Article:

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