The Compressed Air Energy Storage (CAES) in salt caverns project kicked off in September. Led by a senior WISE member, Dr Maurice B Dusseault, it involves three universities, two provinces, six companies, nine professors, seven different departments, and three funding agencies at provincial and federal levels (OCE (ON), AITF (AB), NSERC). The goal of the two-year research program is to develop models and understanding of how CAES can help Canada achieve a greater level of integration of renewables into our power systems. Simply stated, large salt caverns can store excess energy as compressed air, to be used when demand peaks, to reduce the need for large base loads. CAES has many additional valuable roles in an electrical grid, not only for factoring in more renewables, but for stabilizing the grid during periods of rapid demand change, providing “black start” capability, and other benefits. CAES is not simply a “large battery”; it is far more useful in that it has compressors as well as power sources (expanders) that can be deployed in many ways to improve grid management. Here you will find a short document describing the concept. Contact Armughan or Maurice for more information. Waterloo is looking for more ways to improve the energy profile of Canada in ways that bring economic and environmental benefit to the greatest number of citizens. Talk to us, we are interested.
Armughan Al-Haq email@example.com
Maurice Dusseault firstname.lastname@example.org