October 2019

SMART Microgrid Tour at BCIT

Organized by the Tri-City Branch

Status: Advanced registration is now closed or the event is sold out. For space availability, please contact [email protected] Thank you.
Date: Tuesday, October 15, 2019
Time: 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Location: BCIT Burnaby Campus, 3700 Willingdon Ave, Burnaby, BC
The entrance is beneath the 'Security Lost & Found" label. (Please read full description below for a map and location details).
Presenter: The tour will be guided by Smart Microgrid Applied Research Team at BCIT.
Credit: 2 Informal Professional Development Hours (PDH)
Cost: $10 + GST = $10.50
Note: Due to the extremely limited number of seats, guest registration is not available for this event.
Please join the Tri-City Branch for a tour of the BC Hydro Smart Microgrid at the main campus of British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) in Burnaby.

Event Description

In early 2007, BC Hydro and BCIT embarked on a joint research initiative and began the process of designing and constructing Canada's first Smart Power Microgrid at BCIT's Burnaby campus. The Smart Microgrid Initiative at BCIT advances the state of Smart Grid on a global scale, working to:

  • Chart a "path from lab to field" for cost-effective technologies and solutions for Canada's evolving Smart Electricity Grid.
  • Provide opportunities for electrical utility companies, technology providers, and researchers to work together to develop architectures, protocols, configurations, and models of the evolving Smart Grid.
  • Enable Canadian researchers to develop and validate technologies required to meet Canada’s priorities for co-generation, efficient transmission, and distribution of electricity, load control, demand response, advanced metering, and integration of clean energy sources into the existing and future grids.

BCIT's Smart Microgrid is comprised of:

  • Loads,
  • Command and control, and
  • Communication systems.


  • One of the tour stops is on a building's roof and close-toed shoes are required. There will be walking up and down a few short flights of stairs (one floor each) during the tour.
  • The microgrid tour is usually around 2 to 2.5 hours long, depending on questions and discussions of the attendees. It will be a walking tour of various locations on Burnaby campus and features a net-zero home, multiple solar panel installations, a battery storage system and some electric vehicle charging infrastructure.

Directions and Parking

  • BCIT Campus Map
  • The entrance is beneath the 'Security Lost & Found" label.
  • Parking: If parking on campus, please remember to pay for parking at one of the machines.


  • Due to the limited number of seats registration will be limited to 20 attendees and guest registration will not be available for this event.
  • Photography Disclaimer: Engineers and Geoscientists British Columbia will take photographs at this event and may use those in our news or promotional material in print, electronic, or other media, including our website. By attending this event, you grant Engineers and Geoscientists British Columbia the right to use your name and photograph for such purposes. Should you wish to avoid being photographed, please notify an event volunteer at the onsite event registration desk.

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