Centre for Grid Innovation

What we do

The Centre for Grid Innovation provides technology development services to the distributed electricity sector.

The centre has a 1,700 square foot microgrid lab powered directly by solar panels, a battery energy storage system, and a combined heat and power generator, providing a plug-and-play platform for technology development.

The centre was established through $2.6 million funding from Alberta Economic Development, Trade and Tourism and $1.9 million from Western Economic Diversification, with ATCO, the University of Alberta, and Siemens Canada as founding partners.

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Area of Focus

The Centre for Grid Innovation has three main areas of focus:

  • Provide a plug-and-play microgrid platform where companies can develop, validate and move products from Technology Readiness Levels 3 to 7.
  • Help industry compare energy costs and greenhouse gas emissions of various technologies in the distributed versus traditional electricity sector, through simulations using historical electricity consumption.
  • Deliver training to educate utility and industry staff on deployment, maintenance and operation of distributed energy resources.

Our Expertise

The Centre for Grid Innovation builds on NAIT’s existing expertise  in alternative energy, energy storage, digital sensors and communication.

NAIT’s Centre for Grid Innovation is seeking proposals from Alberta small and medium-sized enterprises who are looking to develop grid innovation and distributed energy management technologies that will lead to economic and societal benefits for Alberta. Learn more

Possession of IP is retained by the industry partner. NAIT does not retain any interest in intellectual property (IP) developed in partnership with industry during the course of research or prototyping activities.

Read about our research

Mar. 18, 2021

NAIT partners with Schneider Electric to bring energy solutions to Alberta's businesses.

NAIT's Centre for Grid Innovation helps companies develop, test, validate and advance products and training in the distributed energy field.

Oct. 01, 2020

Storms and wildfires can cut electricity, but microgrids help communities take control.

NAIT explains how local electricity generation and microgrids are helping communities become self-reliant.

Apr. 25, 2019

New NAIT applied research centre will help spark clean technology for electric power industry

Centre for Grid Innovation receives almost $2 million in federal funding.