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St. Lawrence College (SLC) is EV ready!

2013-09-16

SLC has installed charging stations at all three of its campuses thanks to the collaborative efforts of St. Lawrence College’s Sustainable Energy Applied Research Centre (SEARC), Utilities Kingston, Sun Country Highway, General Motors, Charge Point and PlugNDrive Ontario.

The charging facilities are part of a research project that investigates the Electric Vehicle Service Equipment (EVSE) connection, installation and permitting processes and requirements, and recommends best practices to Local Electricity Distribution Companies (LDC) in Ontario. The project is jointly funded by the LDC Tomorrow Fund and the Natural Science and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) College Community Innovation (CCI) grant. The current project advances SEARC’s preliminary Electric Vehicle (EV) project titled “The Kingston Electric Vehicle Readiness Project” which investigated the barriers to the adoption of Electric Vehicles in the Kingston region.

The Electric Vehicle (EV) industry in Ontario is expected to experience an unprecedented growth rate. LDCs have had to quickly develop independent processes for connecting EVSE to their distribution grid as a response to market demand. There is therefore no standardized connection, installation and permitting process within the province of Ontario. LDC operators also have limited knowledge of the unique functionalities of different EVSE technologies available in the marketplace and their impact to the distribution grid.

The SEARC team is currently investigating the EVSE installation processes in several jurisdictions and exploring the option of standardizing the process while sharing best practices with a larger audience. The project will also enhance the understanding of the operations of different EVSE technologies through the installation of three different charging station technologies monitored by an independent research team. The SEARC team will also pursue collaboration with relevant inspection and safety authorities through an existing relationship with Utilities Kingston in order to develop appropriate procedures and information to streamline permitting and installation processes.

St. Lawrence College established SEARC through a $2.3 million NSERC grant. SEARC has been drawing upon faculty expertise in the College's Energy Systems Engineering Technology (ESET) Program, as well as Wind Turbine Technology, Civil Engineering, Control Engineering, and other programs to enhance the productivity and competitiveness of small and medium sized enterprises in the Southeastern Ontario region. SEARC has involved students in projects that assist in prototype development, field testing, improving efficiencies in new and existing technologies, and the development of and integration of a variety of emerging renewable energy technologies with one another and with the existing power grid.

Media Opportunity:
We will be officially launching our new EV charging station on Thursday, September 19, 2013 at 10:00am.
St. Lawrence College, Kingston campus
E18 – Country Club Drive entrance to the College

Or Join us at noon on the Brockville campus. Front Entrance. We will arrive in the GM Volt for a charge!

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