Toronto Hydro has unveiled a new way of locating battery storage closer to the edge, with a pole-mounted unit developed by Ryerson University and eCamion – which promises to significantly reduces stress on the utility infrastructure, extending its lifespan. The pilot was funded through a Ryerson grant, is showing very positive results in initial stages – meaning a likely expansion to 10 other transformer poles in Toronto. Toronto Hydro is trailing the technology to explore whether the battery will be able to extend the lifespan of its transformer equipment – potentially reducing its capex costs. The system works by allowing a stressed transformer to divert excess power into the battery.
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