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Applied Research

Energy storage projects

Stash Energy

Applied Energy Research (AER) is testing Stash Energy’s electric thermal storage unit in four affordable housing complexes in the Kentville region. The AERLab performed testing and data collection to quantify energy saving potential and analysis to determine the efficacy of Stash’s energy storage heat pump. Designed for improving energy efficiency, this technology shifts space heating energy consumption to off-peak hours compared to standard space heating technologies. Learn more about how Stash Energy Brings its Cost-Saving Technology to Nova Scotia.

Male researcher surrounded by technology kneeling down in front of a laptop turning the dial on a piece of equipment.
Research Associate testing and programming equipment for the Neothermal Energy Storage system.

Neothermal Energy Storage

For the last five years Neothermal Energy Storage has been working with the Applied Energy Research team collecting and analyzing data to make improvements on prototypes. This thermal storage innovation helps homeowners make their boilers and furnaces more efficient and less carbon intensive with an add-on electric thermal storage (ETS) device.

The AERLab is conducting performance testing on the heat storage prototype. The team also completed design strategies for hydronic heating fan assistance for baseboards and radiators, which provided confirmation of the ETS units integration with boiler heating systems.

A boat being launched with beautiful Mi’kmaw artwork covering the hull of the boat.
Alutasi being launched for the first time. Mi’kmaw artist, Alan Syliboy, designed the beautiful artwork that adorns the boat.

Glas Ocean Electric - Alutasi

Applied Energy Research supports Glas Ocean Electric in the exploration of cleaner energy options for the marine industry through an ongoing research and development relationship. NSCC supported the launch of Alutasi - Canada’s first Transport Canada approved electric hybrid coastal passenger vessel. The AERLab helped examine the requirements for small marine vessels in the fishing community, built parts for research purposes and continues to contribute engineering and troubleshooting advice. An NSCC student research assistant is completing an internship with Glas Ocean Electric with the goal of designing an app to measure fuel consumption in marine vessels.