Pen battery goes into hibernation after Ottawa shutdown
Posted On June 18, 2021
A battery is being used in an Ottawa neighbourhood as part of a study that aims to better understand how to best use the power of the sun.
The battery is used in the city’s west end, on the street that serves as the primary gateway to the city.
The researchers are using it to test ways to make the street safer and less congested, including the use of smart lights.
“The battery can be used to control the traffic flow in the neighbourhood, as well as providing real-time information about the status of the neighbourhood,” said lead researcher James Taylor, a professor at the University of Ottawa.
“In other words, it can be a real-world data tool.”
The battery will last for six months.
The city’s power grid is running out of electricity, so researchers are looking at how to use that power to power the city for longer periods of time.
Taylor said it’s an interesting research area.
“We have the potential to use this battery for things like lighting and smart devices and monitoring,” he said.
“But the real challenge is how do you get the most out of it.”
Taylor said the researchers are working with the city to make sure the battery can last as long as possible.
He said the battery is about 40 per cent full and needs about a month to fully recharge.
The batteries are being used for a study by the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency and a partnership with the City of Ottawa’s Municipal Utilities.