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Siemens and Humber developing microgrid SMART lab

April 13, 2023 | By Anthony Capkun

The Smartflower MG is powering classrooms and providing real-time data on electricity production and energy absorption at Bishop James Mahoney High School in Saskatoon, September 2022. Source: Siemens Canada.

April 13, 2023 – Siemens Canada is partnering with Humber College to develop a Sustainable Microgrid and Renewable Technology lab (SMART lab) at the latter’s North Campus.

“An effective energy transition to enable decarbonization is a complex effort, and it requires a growing system of partners to tackle this enormous challenge,” said Faisal Kazi, president & CEO, Siemens Canada.

The SMART lab is an educational and experimental environment designed to train students and professionals in the use of a microgrid system, and to conduct research with industry partners.

With the support of the Ontario government, Humber’s investment in the SMART lab features technology such as a microgrid monitoring and controller system, battery energy storage capability, distribution infrastructure, and generation and load simulation equipment.


“It is projects like this that help find sustainable solutions within industries, prepare students for the workforce, and help drive our economy forward,” said Jill Dunlop, Minister of Colleges and Universities.

Devices such as the solar Smartflower, electric vehicle charging stations, and battery energy storage systems will be used as part of the microgrid control system to generate and distribute energy locally.

The SMART lab will equip students with knowledge and skills related to the design, operation, and maintenance of microgrids. The lab will be used for applied research projects and allow the college to offer micro-credentials in the field of microgrids and renewable energy, and new curriculum in Electrical and Computer Engineering and Sustainable Energy and Building Technology programs.

The SMART lab will also be a key element in Humber taking advantage of its own energy assets to achieve its sustainability goals.

“Working with Siemens will enable us to train the next generation of professionals in the field of green technology, and the SMART Lab will bring Humber another step closer to achieving its own sustainability goals,” said Dr. Ann Marie Vaughan, president & CEO, Humber College.

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