Siemens Canada to invest in smart grid research projects with University of New Brunswick
FREDERICTON, NB, Oct. 2, 2013
Research aims to further understanding of residential smart grid
FREDERICTON, NB, Oct. 2, 2013 /CNW/ - Siemens Canada and the University
of New Brunswick (UNB) have agreed on the scope of two research
projects looking at smart grid technology that could begin as early as
spring 2014. Siemens has committed to investing up to $2.5 million CAD
into academic research projects in the province of New Brunswick over
the next five years in the form of funds, in-kind contributions such as
software and equipment, as well as sponsorships and human resources.
The agreement on these first two projects with the University of New
Brunswick is an early milestone in Siemens' fulfillment of this
Siemens and UNB are currently assembling project teams for these first
two projects and are developing proposals for funding from the Natural
Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC). The projects, both
to be led by the university's Department of Electrical and Computer
Engineering under Professor Liuchen Chang, will focus on two elements
of smart grid technology and implementation; Residential Demand
Response and Load Shifting.
Demand Response (DR) programs aim to decrease electricity consumption or
shift it from on-peak to off-peak periods depending on consumers'
preferences and lifestyles. Load shifting is a strategy that attempts
to "shift" demand for electricity so that less power is used during
expensive peak times.
As a global leader in smart grid technology, Siemens is well suited to
initiate a partnership with the University of New Brunswick and its
internationally respected research arm. UNB conducts approximately 75
per cent of all university research in the province, and its
researchers are active in a diverse array of subjects ranging from
social and government policy to the development of innovative
technologies in many scientific fields.
The investment further strengthens Siemens commitment to New Brunswick
and to continuously expanding its presence in the province. In 2012 the
company responded to NB Power's call for a partner to help develop its
vision for a comprehensive smart grid program for the province. As part
of the multi-year agreement signed between Siemens and NB Power, in
2013, Siemens established a Smart Grid Centre of Competence and
application centre in Fredericton, New Brunswick. Siemens and NB Power
will bring new energy products and services to New Brunswickers for the
next 10 years.
"Siemens is excited to partner with a respected institution like the
University of New Brunswick. We believe that educational investments
and resulting research activities will further the creation of a
skilled workforce capable of developing global smart grid solutions,
and that this in turn will bring significant benefits to the energy and
related economic sectors of New Brunswick." - Robert Hardt, President & CEO, Siemens Canada Limited
"The University of New Brunswick is proud to partner with Siemens, a
renowned business and innovation leader. We are excited for the
opportunity to collaborate in the research and development of smart
grid solutions that will benefit New Brunswick and beyond. This
partnership is a great model of how a university can work collectively
with industry to create win-win outcomes." - Dr. David Burns, Vice President, Research, University of New Brunswick
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than 4,500 employees in Canada work together to provide answers that
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has stood for technical achievements, innovation, quality and
reliability. Sales for Siemens in Canada in fiscal 2012 (ended
September 30), were $2.1 billion CAD. The company has 53 offices and 14
manufacturing/assembly facilities across Canada. Further information is
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