Ottawa funds Medicine Hat microgrid testing facility

Medicine Hat College will be the first in Alberta to host a microgrid for testing renewable energy technologies thanks to a $526,000 contribution from Western Economic Diversification Canada (WD).

The federal investment will help Medicine Hat College establish the Community Renewable Energy Microgrid Demonstration Project (CREMDP).

The site will support the development of renewable energy technologies and help attract clean technology investments to Alberta.

Microgrids are small electrical grids with control capability that can disconnect from the traditional grid and operate autonomously.

The project will be an open-access one-megawatt microgrid demonstration system that allows students and innovators to test and showcase new products and processes.

The project will result in six new technologies, assist 50 companies, attract 150 investors to the site and train 150 students in the renewable energy field.

Renewable energy is at the centre of the world's transition to a less carbon-intensive and more sustainable energy system. The federal contribution will help industry meet the increasing global demand for renewable energy technology, WD said.

"The renewable energy industry is a growing part of our region's economy. There will be increasing opportunities for people to develop business concepts and careers in the field,” David Petis, vice-president, Advancement & Community Relations, Medicine Hat College, said in a statement.

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