March 4, 2021: Emera Technologies and Canada-based Novonix Battery Technology Solutions announced on February 18 that the firms were working together to develop battery pack systems to support microgrids that will provide solar power directly to homes and plan to field test the first demo units this year.
Last October, Emera Technologies launched BlockEnergy, which it said is the first utility-owned community microgrid platform. This partnered with Lennar homebuilders to implement the technology in a new residential community in Florida.
Emera Technologies team has also been working with Novonix, a Halifax based battery technology company, to develop a battery pack including innovative designs, custom manufacturing, and control systems to support the direct current BlockEnergy microgrid.
“Emera’s BlockEnergy platform is a great example of applying our technology to real life projects and developing systems with specifications not available currently in commercial products, and that have tangible downstream applications,” said Chris Burns, co-founder and CEO of Novonix. “This project brings the opportunity to partner on not only the development but also manufacturing of new battery systems with significant market opportunities. The target market is not limited to the US but will also include a focus on opportunities and customers here in Canada,” said Burns.
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.
Dahn, a leading pioneer and developer of lithium ion batteries — particularly solid state ones — will join Novonix on July 1 as the firm’s chief scientific adviser.