Emera Technologies and Novonix Battery Technology Solutions today announced they’ll develop pack systems to support microgrids that will provide solar power directly to homes. Accordingly, this partnership could lead to exciting future opportunities across North America.
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Emera and Novonix new partnership
Earlier today, Nova Scotia-based Emera Technologies, and Halifax-based Novonix, announced they’ll be working together to develop pack systems that will provide residential solar power. Therefore, both companies declared they expect this partnership to lead to exciting future opportunities for them in North America.
In fact, Emera launched Block Energy in the fall of 2020. Through this utility-owned community microgrid platform, the company partnered with Lennar homebuilders. This partnership aimed to implement the technology in a new residential community in Florida.
Simultaneously, Emera also worked with the battery technology company Novonix to develop a battery pack. Moreover, their joint solutions include innovative designs, custom manufacturing, and control systems to support the BlockEnergy microgrid.
“Emera’s BlockEnergy platform is a great example of applying our technology to real-life projects. Besides, it also helps us develop systems with specifications not available currently in commercial products. Furthermore, these solutions have tangible downstream applications,” said Dr. Chris Burns, co-founder, and CEO of Novonix.
The project’s reception
Furthermore, “this project brings the opportunity to partner on not only the development but also manufacturing of new battery systems with significant market opportunities. Thus, the target market is not limited to the United States but will also include a focus on opportunities and customers here in Canada,” said Dr. Burns.
On the other hand, Novonix was born out of work by Dr. Jeff Dahn’s Research Group at Dalhousie University. For instance, Dr.’s research group focuses on lithium-ion battery research and currently works exclusively with Tesla. In fact, Dr. Dahn will join Novonix on July 1, 2021, as their Chief Scientific Advisor.
“Partnerships like Novonix and Emera Technologies help take battery technology advancements to the real world, in this case powering individual residential homes,” said Dr. Dahn.
Finally, both companies plan to field test the first demo units in 2021. Hence, this testing will help inform final decisions around system specifics and design.
“We’re really excited about this partnership and this project,” said Rob Bennett, President, and CEO of Emera Technologies. In brief, “we’re developing something that doesn’t exist today. Furthermore, that will help provide people with cleaner, more reliable energy. In conclusion, we’re able to capitalize on expertise at home in Nova Scotia to do that.”