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Decommissioned substation becomes Mohawk’s new Energy and Power Utilities Lab

April 6, 2018 | By Ellen Cools

April 6, 2018 — As a result of an arrangement between Mohawk College and Alectra Utilities, a new Energy and Power Utilities Lab for the college has officially opened in a decommissioned substation in downtown Hamilton, Ont.

Renovations by Mohawk College saw the creation of new classrooms, a new meeting room and the replacement of analog equipment with internet-enabled technology.

Over 200 engineering technology students in nine electrical courses will get experience with transformers, switchgear, industrial communications and power protection equipment. Mohawk will also offer workshops, training modules and certificate programs for community and industry partners.

The new lab is part of Mohawk’s Energy and Power Innovation Centre. Industry partners will work with students and faculty on applied research projects including:


• Testing modern protection and control schemes using digital relays and intelligent electronic devices
• Determining challenges with new communication protocols for multi-vendor interoperability and protection coordination
• Designing and operating a substation automation system

“Alectra Utilities is proud to make this contribution to both the electrical engineering and energy systems engineering technology programs at Mohawk College. It is important to provide innovative training on future energy systems to electrical professionals that will work in our industry and community,” said Max Cananzi, President, Alectra Utilities.

Also supporting the Energy and Power Utilities Lab are Omicron, Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories, Schneider Electric and Siemens.

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