June 9, 2022: Emera Technologies and Canada-based Novonix Battery Technology Solutions announced on June 6 the delivery of a custom-designed microgrid battery prototype.
The firms announced a partnership to work on the project in February last year.
Novonix has developed the battery to support Emera’s residential BlockEnergy microgrid system, which was launched in Florida in October 2020 as the “first utility-owned community microgrid platform”.
The microgrid connects homes in a shared energy network, enabling rooftop solar power to be stored and distributed to the entire community through smart distributed controls.
Working with research partner, the US Sandia National Laboratory, the companies say testing of the new battery should be completed later this year.
Novonix co-founder and CEO Chris Burns said work on the project opens the gateway to exciting new possibilities for a cleaner, more reliable power grid with renewables being produced, stored and consumed within local communities.
Novonix was created from work by Jeff Dahn’s research group at Dalhousie University that focuses on lithium ion battery research and works exclusively with Tesla.
However, a Novonix spokesperson would not say whether the new battery is lithium based and said testing procedures would not be revealed at this stage.
Pictured, from left: Emera president and CEO Scott Balfour, Chris Burns and Jeff Dahn. Photo: Novonix