TORONTO, April 23 /CNW/ - Centennial College and REGEN Energy Inc. have
formed a joint research initiative to evaluate REGEN's innovative load
management device that will help large electricity users reduce their demand,
saving both money and precious energy.
REGEN's patent-pending controllers can be attached to building fans,
pumps and air conditioning compressors that routinely cycle on and off. The
controllers communicate wirelessly with each other on a frequent basis,
exchanging information and making decisions about whether to permit or
temporarily back off the electrical load. The goal is to continuously smooth
the building's electrical demand by avoiding peak loads that result in
"The basic concept for the controllers comes from nature: they emulate
cells and organisms that grow into a self-organizing system," says Mark
Kerbel, President and CEO of REGEN Energy Inc. "Each unit can independently
make its own decision based on input from others. Their behaviour is beyond
The partnership is an example of applied research in support of
innovation, which is rapidly becoming the domain of Ontario's public colleges.
Centennial's Applied Research Centre (ARC) was set up to foster continuous
learning, increase employment and knowledge transfer, and build partnerships
with community, industry and government.
"Centennial was recommended to us by the Ontario Centres of Excellence,"
says Kerbel. "Centennial was looking for projects with a focus on energy,
which is an area of special interest for the college." Centennial has recently
launched two- and three-year programs of study in Integrated Energy Systems
REGEN's "plug and play" controllers are being installed and tested in
commercial buildings around Toronto, supported by a $95,000 grant from the
Ontario Power Authority's Technology Development Fund and the Ontario Centre
of Excellence for Energy. Experts at Centennial's ARC are analyzing baseline
and REGEN-controlled equipment load patterns at these pilot facilities in
order to quantify the benefits of this novel technology.
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Officer, Centennial College, (416) 289-5000 ext.7142,