Centre for Grid Innovation

 The Centre for Grid Innovation supports Alberta’s energy transition to an electrified and renewable electricity grid of the future. The centre provides expertise in micro-grid developments, solar installations, and electric vehicle integration, as well as a microgrid testing and validation environment to facilitate new product development. 

The centre microgrid is equipped with a variety of distributed energy resources (DERs) such as solar panels, battery storage devices, microgrid controllers, programable load banks, and plug stations that allow for integration of user devices. 

Labs and facilities

The microgrid laboratory provides an isolated residential-scale electrical system with a unique plug-and-play interface that allows for the testing and validation of new technologies in a fully controllable electrical environment.

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Research areas

Learn more about our research specializations and the impact we've made in these areas with our industry partners.

Distributed energy Reduction of greenhouse gas emissions

Latest from the centre

Centre for Grid Innovation Project Seed Funding

This funding, for qualifying Alberta businesses and organizations, aims to further innovation initiatives and technology development in Alberta's electricity grid.

Dec. 04, 2022

Pilot project to refurbish solar panels before they end up in Alberta landfills

NAIT Centre for Grid Innovation testing and training others to test solar panels.

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Nov. 03, 2022

Saskatchewan Polytechnic helping build EV infrastructure on the prairies

NAIT, RRC Polytech & Sask Polytech are collaborating with Natural Resources Canada's Zero Emission Vehicle Awareness Initiative to address the issue of workplace charging for electric vehicle owners.

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If you would like to learn more about the work we do or have a challenge that we may be able to help you solve, please get in touch.

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