The Variable Speed Generator project in Aklavik has reached a milestone by successfully commissioning the test unit.
A variable speed generator is able to sense the energy load demand, so should be able to work more efficiently. The VSG adapts to changing load demand rates, rather than running at one constant speed.
Northwest Territories Power Corporation communications manager Doug Prendergrast says the generator primarily helps to mitigate environmental concerns, but may also give residents of Aklavik a break on their power bill.
The primary benefit is a reduction in diesel consumption, which leads to a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions. It also helps with the integration of intermittent renewables such as the solary array installed by the GNWT in Aklavik. Over the long term it’s also anticipated that it will help stabilize rates.
Prendergrast says if the generator works as expected during the one year pilot project, we could see more units throughout the north.