Birds-eye view of Hartley Bay, British Columbia.
An smart microgrid was introduced to the remote indigenous commnuity in Hartley Bay to create an intelligent energy management solution. The goal was to help the Gitga’at First Nations achieve their energy vision: to be the greenest Indigenous community in Canada.
The team at Hedgehog Technologies (sub-contracted through Pulse Energy), architected and installed a smart microgrid and energy efficient system. The project was the first to complete an islanded smart microgrid in British Columbia.
Generator optimization in Hartley Bay.
Project: HARTLEY BAY SMART MICROGRID/HESQUIAHT METERING SYSTEM
Project Date: 2008 –2013
Clients: Hartley Bay, NRCAN – CANMET ENERGY, Pulse Energy Inc.
Location: British Columbia Central Coast The Hartley Bay Smart Micro Grid System comprised of seven components:
- Creating a community energy efficiency and demand management strategy;
- Installing a real-time energy measurement system to 100% of all electrical loads (Smart Meters) and fuel flow meters to generators for GHG emission monitoring;
- Building models and running simulations to estimate the benefit of enhanced control;
- Installing high penetration demand response system (Demand Management) and developing installation guides for replacing diesel boilers with heat pumps;
- Creating a real-time asset management and monitoring system;
- Optimizing generator dispatching and dump load utilization;
- Controlling demand based on critical vs. non-critical load weighting strategy. A link was made to match the optimal generation (diesel and run of the river) dispatch efficiency with optimal/acceptable energy demand profiles.
To support the effort, Hedgehog Technologies initiated an engagement program to promote energy conservation amongst the residents. The main user-facing program elements included:
- Installing smart meters and Pulse Energy Manager
- Promoting energy awareness in community
- Providing training to local energy managers
Results: The Indigenous community reduced their annual energy consumption by 15% through Pulse Energy Manager software to identify energy anomalies, locate operational inefficiencies, and ensure persistence of savings.
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