Solantro Semiconductor Awarded $3.8 Million in Funding from SDTC for Renewable Energy Self-Forming Nano-Grids
Ottawa, ON CANADA, September 12, 2013 -- Solantro Semiconductor Corp., the leader in Intelligent Power Silicon, today announced that it has been awarded up to $3.8 million from Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC) to accelerate the development and commercialization of its custom integrated circuits and control firmware for use in establishing and controlling Self-Forming, Dynamically Scalable, Renewable Energy Nano-Grids.
The International Energy Agency (IEA) predicts that global demand for electricity will grow by over 70% by 2035, requiring an investment of $6.8 trillion to upgrade and extend the worldwide electricity distribution network. Renewable energy and in particular Solar PV, is a large part of the solution to meeting this increasing global need. However, there are many challenges associated with managing the dynamics of distributed renewable energy generation, storage and load management to efficiently balance power generation and demand. Solantro addresses these challenges through specially developed control software running on its custom integrated circuits. This SDTC-supported project has the potential to create a new model for consumer-level deployment of renewables, allowing for increased energy self-consumption, and accelerating the displacement of fossil fuels in grid-back-up and off-grid / rural electrification installations.
As a result of the SDTC award, Solantro will be able to accelerate development and market introduction of its chipsets, control firmware and reference platforms. Solantro’s Consortium Partners: Alpha / Outback, Celestica, Ile Infinie and others, will incorporate and advance the Solantro technologies through field tests and prove out these innovations under dynamic real world conditions. A successful demonstration at the Eco Campus Hubert Reeves in Ville St. Laurent will enable rapid market rollout of the technology that, within 5 years, could result in the generation of over 1,164 GWh of energy and the displacement of over 116 KT of Green House Gas (GHG) emissions.
“Working with sophisticated and visionary energy management partners such as Alpha-Outback, Celestica and Ile Infinie provides us with ideal partnerships to bring our disruptive Intelligent Power Silicon chipset and firmware technology to market. These partners share our commitment to imagine, innovate and build out a dynamic compelling view of the evolution of the renewable energy marketplace,” said Solantro’s Founder and CEO Antoine Paquin.
The Alpha Group pioneered the concept of reliable, uninterruptible power for communications and broadband networks, and in the process has set a 35-year legacy of visionary, market-driven power solutions. OutBack Power Technologies, a member of The Alpha Group, is the leading designer and manufacturer of advanced power conversion electronics for renewable and other energy systems including PV/solar, battery-based back-up, and mobile applications. ..
For this Project, Alpha will validate the Solantro technologies within their products and systems to ensure market viability. During the conduct of this project Alpha will be conducting activities related to validation and prototyping and contributing ‘in kind’ (labour, materials, testing). More information on OutBack Power can be found on their website: outbackpower.com
Celestica (TSX, NYSE: CLS), a global company with over $6.5 billion (U.S.) in revenue and approximately 30,000 employees, is a world leader in the delivery of end-to-end supply chain solutions, As part of this project, Celestica will contribute their expertise to advance commercialization of the Solantro technology and provide support to the project by supplying PV-Modules for validation, provide prototype manufacturing, as well as act as a demonstration host for field trials and qualification verification. More information on Celestica can be found on their website: www.celestica.com.
Ile Infinie, also known as Infinite Island Power, is installing and integrating locally accessible electrical power generation systems matching inverters & power electronics with various renewable energy sources (solar, wind, clean gas generators & batteries) – for event activations as well as fixed installations. Ile Infinie works within the Eco Campus Hubert Reeves where the initial nano & microgrid testing and optimization will be conducted in this SDTC project. Ile Infinie has developed inverter technology via its engineering and firmware team and for this project the company will develop customized system level firmware for different on and off grid setups. The demonstration being planned in the extension of the Technoparc in Ville St. Laurent will serve to further develop system metrics and validate the Solantro chipset-enabled technology. More information on Ile Infinie can be found at: www.ileinfinie.com.
About Solantro Semiconductor
Solantro is a world leader in developing customized chipsets, firmware and Reference Platforms for power conversion applications across distributed renewable energy networks. Founded in 2009, the company has assembled a team of proven entrepreneurs with deep experience in system architecture, semiconductors and power conversion. Solantro is working closely with select visionary partners and customers to fundamentally redefine the manageability, scalability, reliability and economics of grid-tied and off-grid renewable energy installations through deployment of highly distributed power system architectures based on its Intelligent Power Silicon solutions.
Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC) is a not-for-profit foundation that finances and supports the development and demonstration of clean technologies which provide solutions to issues of climate change, clean air, water quality and soil, and which deliver economic, environmental and health benefits to Canadians.
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