Date: 17 Jun 2022

Time: 12:00 PM to 01:30 PM

Venue: ED 616, Education Building, University of Regina

Abstract: Residential photovoltaic solar installations have existed in Saskatchewan for a number of years, fostered by dedicated homeowner interest, funding support models and acceptance by the provincial utility operator (SaskPower). As these installations matured, and the nature of distributed generation at both small and medium scale emerged, the concept of micro-grids often arises as a solution for our energy future. Can a true micro-grid exist in a residence? The answer is yes. Is it a simple undertaking? The answer is not as straightforward.  Is this of value looking through the various lenses of utilities and homeowners? This question forms one of the elements presented in this presentation.  From a technical (system level) and experiential perspective, the development and nascent operation of an eight kW photovoltaic micro-grid with storage and islanding capabilities will be explored in this presentation.

Speaker Profile: Doug Wagner is an Instructor in the Electronics Systems Engineering program at the University of Regina. He holds a Diploma of Technology (SAIT-1980), Bachelor of Applied Science (U of R 1990), and a Masters of Science (USask -2021). Doug is a member of APEGS, and holds Permission to Consult from the engineering association. Doug’s teaching is focused on the Power Systems focus area in the ESE program, along with engineering design, and specifically analog and power electronics design. In addition to his teaching areas, he is also interested in low cost, high-speed transmission line protection augmentation, and the emerging role of distributed generation at the utility level