Lead Proponent: TUGLIQ Energy Corp.
EIP Contribution: $ 283K
Project Total: $ 773 K
Strategic Area: Northern
The Project’s objective is to conduct a front-end engineering and design (FEED) study to assess the opportunity for the integration of compressed air energy storage (CAES) into a wind-diesel microgrid. This innovative type of energy storage could be of benefit to remote mining operations .
The overall Project targets high-penetration wind energy to displace diesel in northern smartgrids, proving best-of-class compressed air storage technology for the first time in the Arctic, with wide-range applicability to other mine sites featuring mined-out caverns as a means of storing energy.
The FEED aims to design and validate the configuration and the economics, refine an integration strategy with a complete industrial-scale hybrid wind-diesel grid, leading to the demonstration of small scale CAES using above ground storage vessels. A successful demonstration will allow the use of mined-out caverns to be a means to store large quantities of renewable energy and trigger the installation of additional renewable energy generating assets (wind and potentially solar). This lower cost energy storage option will be an important step towards more renewable energy in Nunavut, and towards transport electrification and other energy innovations at industrial sites, in one of the most fragile ecosystems in Canada.