I had the pleasure today to announce that the University of British Columbia has entered into a new and innovative partnership with Alpha Technologies and Corvus Energy.
This partnership brings Alpha and Corvus experts together with university faculty and student researchers to integrate energy storage into three locations on this campus to create an energy storage system.
Surplus power will be harnessed and stored for times of high use or for emergency backup, allowing the university to efficiently and economically manage its energy use. Now … imagine the applications of that technology to the whole of Vancouver. Imagine clean, efficient, and stable power grids that can prevent widespread blackouts in times of emergency. Imagine being able to keep hospitals and other vital services online in times of crisis. That is the vision behind this partnership, and it is one that has aspirations worldwide.
Here on campus, we call UBC a Living Laboratory, and today’s partnership has the potential to catapult this laboratory into the next stage of its evolution. We are already well on our way to integrating UBC operations with academics to create a fully sustainable ecosystem both in Vancouver and in the Okanagan. Everything we do is aimed at solving local, national, and global sustainability challenges at a scalable, commercially viable level. But we cannot meet that goal alone; and in fact, we are exponentially more successful in partnership. Alpha and Corvus’s contributions will help power this work and their leadership will light the way for others to follow. To read more about the project, click here.