Distributed energy resource assessment and technology development
CanmetENERGY research centre in Varennes, Quebec
The growing adoption of distributed energy resources (DER) plays an important role in grid modernization. DERs can include a variety of technologies such as solar photovoltaics (PV), energy storage systems, electric vehicles, and other controllable loads in the residential, commercial and industrial sectors.
Our areas of focus
Integrating more DERs into the grid creates new opportunities for the electricity sector. For example, DERs can provide the flexibility needed to support additional renewables in a cost-effective way or they can offset the need for major investments in electricity generation and transmission.
Our team’s project on DER assessment and technology development focuses on the performance and potential assessment of DERs.
We currently seek to:
- assess PV and building-integrated PV (BIPV) technologies in Canada by evaluating their performance and cost benefits across Canada, including in northern and remote communities
- contribute to the development of standards and guidelines addressing PV and BIPV technologies
- develop methods to characterize and map the flexibility potential of different types of loads in the residential, commercial and industrial sectors
Projects underway at CanmetENERGY in Varennes
In pursuit of these focus areas, our Centre is currently involved in the following activities:
Our equipment and test benches
CanmetENERGY in Varennes conducts applied research aimed at facilitating the integration of distributed renewable energy sources to the electricity grid and to net-zero energy buildings in partnership with industry, university and utilities. To perform this work, our researchers use the following test benches and tools:
- Rooftop PV array performance monitoring and laboratory module characterization facilities
- Photovoltaic/thermal (PV/T) testing facility
- Grid simulator and power conversion equipment testing facility
- Electric water heater testing facility
Photovoltaic potential and solar resource maps of Canada
This web mapping application gives estimates of the PV potential and the mean daily global insolation for any location in Canada. They are presented for each month and for the entire year, for six different PV array orientations.
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