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PowerStream, a community-owned energy company that provides power and related services in the Toronto and central Ontario areas, has unveiled a microgrid demonstration project at its head office.

PowerStream says it is using the demonstration project to evaluate a microgrid's performance while it is both connected to and disconnected from the provincial grid.

According to the company, the microgrid demonstration project marks the next phase in its efforts to support smart grid development at the provincial level and leverage smart technologies in Ontario's electricity sector.

PowerStream reports that in the current phase of the microgrid project, the company is drawing electricity from several sources, including a solar array; wind turbine; natural gas generator; solar-assisted carport charging station; and lead acid, lithium ion and sodium nickel chloride batteries.

Corporate partners involved in the project include Enbridge, Enviro-Energy Technologies, General Electric, Navigant, Rosewater Energy, renewz sustainable solutions and SMA, PowerStream notes.

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