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The University of British Columbia's (UBC) Vancouver campus has partnered with Alpha Technologies Ltd. and Corvus Energy to create a $5.1 million energy storage system.

The project integrates 1 MWh of stored energy - enough to power an average home for 1,000 hours - into a power grid that supports three major campus facilities. Initially created in response to the university's need for emergency back-up power at UBC's Bioenergy Research and Demonstration Facility, the energy storage system will help advance research on integrating renewable energy sources into large power grids.

"This partnership is an opportunity to use the campus as a living lab, integrating research with operations and developing technologies aimed at solving local, national and global sustainability challenges at a scalable, commercially viable level," says UBC President Prof. Stephen Toope. "Alpha and Corvus' contributions will power this work and their leadership will light the way for others to follow."

Alpha, Corvus and UBC researchers will develop the system's automated control software and study its capacity to provide back-up for critical energy demand and to be integrated into the university’s power grid. Research and data generated by the project will help demonstrate and evaluate scalable clean energy solutions for cities and communities.

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