Ideal Power Inc., a Texas-based provider of power conversion technologies, has marked its entrance into the Canadian market with a 360 kW purchase order from KACO new energy.
Under the deal, Ideal Power will supply its three-port, grid-resilient 30 kW Power Conversion Systems (PCS) for the Living Energy Project at the Leduc #1 Energy Discovery Centre in Alberta. KACO will provide the system integration and installation.
The Living Energy Project will utilize solar PV with trackers, energy storage, a wind turbine mounted atop a purpose-built oil derrick, and a natural-gas-fueled cogeneration unit to capture geothermal energy from an abandoned oil well. Ideal Power says its PCS’ single AC plus dual DC power ports will enable the integration of solar and energy storage utilizing single inverters at the Living Energy Project.
“The Living Energy Project will be an excellent showcase for our power conversion technology enabling energy storage to be integrated directly with a solar tracking system,” says Dan Brdar, CEO of Ideal Power. “The project will demonstrate the intersection of oilfield services and renewable energy. The mobile solar PV system used at Leduc #1 will utilize a much cleaner and lower-cost method to power remote, off-grid facilities than a traditional oil-fired diesel generator.”
According to Ideal Power, Leduc #1 Energy Discovery Centre is located just outside of Edmonton, Alberta, and is the site of the an oil well that kick-started the province’s entrance to the oil industry in 1947. The now-abandoned well has been converted into an energy museum and 55-acre park focused on the demonstration of environmental technology. The renewables integration and geothermal conversion are part of a plan to turn Leduc #1 a first carbon-neutral oil museum.
Jurgen Krehnke, CEO for the Americas at KACO new energy, comments, “The installation at Leduc #1 is particularly important because it will be a visual, working representation of the past meeting the future, highlighting our declining dependence on fossil fuels coupled with the ingenuity that promises a clean energy future.”