The shift to electrification is one of the most significant technological and environmental transformations in recent history, and it’s unfolding in real time.
Electrification is a win-win: it lowers costs for electricity customers and it’s good for the environment. Hydro One is uniquely positioned to enable electrification in Ontario as it transmits and distributes some of the cleanest energy in North America, and now the Hydro One team is partnering to create a grid truly built for the future.
THE ROAD TO RESILIENCE AND RELIABILITY
Peak Power is a proven leader in the electric vehicle (EV) space, and has worked with Hydro One on rollout of a pilot program designed to study the benefits of using EV charging technology to improve power resilience and reliability for customers.
This innovative initiative, funded in part by the Independent Electricity System Operator’s (IESO) Grid Innovation Fund, is studying how this technology could be applied to assist in keeping Hydro One’s system reliable.
Two-way vehicle-to-home (V2H) charging technology is being installed at the homes of program participants to study the ability of EVs to act as batteries and provide back-up electricity through simulated power outages.
An isolation point between the charger and the power supply allows the bi-directional charger to provide back-up electricity to participating residences. This technology, already gaining traction in other countries, could play a critical role in the shift to electrification and a low-carbon economy in Ontario.
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