Northern and remote Canadian communities are actively looking to address challenges of energy security.
Dependent on an ageing fleet of inefficient diesel generators, Canada’s northern communities face a constant risk of generator failure and power outages. Furthermore they depend on costly diesel fuel that must be transported to northern communities using ice roads. Further complicating the situation, climate change has resulted in smaller windows of opportunity to transport fuel. [use image of truck sinking in ice]
One key to Canada’s strategy for achieving northern energy security is reducing the north’s dependency on diesel to generate electricity. Focus is on increasing the use of renewables such as Solar, wind, hydro, and battery storage to power northern communities.
Unfortunately it’s going to take time for renewables to reach penetration levels required to fully replace diesel. Additionally, battery storage, which is required to stabilize renewables operating with fixed speed generators, comes at a high financial cost.
Given the challenges in the north, how can communities bridge the shift away from Diesel generators?
INNOVUS-POWER’S VARIABLE SPEED GENERATOR SOLUTION
Innovus-Power’s variable-speed generator (VSG) technology offers immediate reductions on Diesel requirements, while promoting the deployment of renewables. The Innovus VSG Microgrid controls allows our VSGs to pair with all renewable power system. Our Microgrid controllers automatically adjust the speed of the VSG up or down (and if needed, completely off) depending on load and the amount of electricity being supplied from the renewable.
Compared to a standard Fixed Speed Generator, the Innovus VSG offers fuel savings ranging from 15% without renewables to 45% with high penetration renewables.
A COST-EFFECTIVE SOLUTION TO NORTHERN ENERGY SECURITY
When you talk about cost of energy, our technology is much less expensive than existing fixed speed generation technologies. We deliver a significant cost reductions on fuel, operations and maintenance and pollution.
Since the majority of the components in innovus generators are similar to those in fixed speed generators, the innovus solution’s initial capex comes at only a slight premium to buying Fixed Speed Generators. Furthermore, fuel savings, extended service intervals and reduced maintenance costs provide clients with a short payback period.
Reduced fuel consumption, less pollution, and lower operating & maintenance costs – all while helping grow the use of renewables. Innovus-Power Variable Speed Generator Solutions offer a real solution to energy security challenges in Canada’s North.
Contact us today to learn more about our Variable Speed Generator technology.