Ignite 2018 – OPG Environment & Electrification Development Challenge


Environmental Stewardship as a Key Priority
OPG’s Environment and Electrification Development divisions support the rest of OPG in identifying, planning, and executing projects with environmental stewardship in mind, in an effort to achieve environmental performance excellence. We provide leadership and support to OPG through our business unit partnerships, fostering innovation and creative ideas for environmental performance of energy utilities. OPG is looking to collaborate with external innovators, entrepreneurs, and businesses to share their most innovative ideas for how we can be game changers in applying clean and electrification technologies to improve OPG’s operations. We are looking for technologies that are ready to deploy, and have a significant environmental and financial impact. Our areas of focus include reducing emissions, transportation and industrial electrification, energy efficiencies, and the reduction of spills and emissions.

Our main operations consists of the following activities where clean tech can help. For this year’s Ignite, take a look below for some inspiration on what kind of disruptive technologies that may help us:

Environment:

  • Spill containment and clean-up
  • Tritium and carbon-14 emissions
  • Water Flow and Level Changes from Hydroelectric Projects
  • Low and Intermediate level Radioactive Waste Generation
  • Fleet Electrification
  • Vehicle-to-Grid Integration
  • EV Owner Management

 
Electrification Development:

  • Transportation Electrification
  • Industrial Process Electrification
  • Vehicle-to-Grid Integration
  • EV Owner Management and Engagement

 

Areas for Innovation in What We Do


Spill Containment and Safety
In the energy sector, as with many other industrial activities, spills of oil, wastewater, and other contaminants to water can result from any of the following activities: construction/demolition projects, operation of HVAC systems, operation of oil-filled equipment (heat exchangers, coolers, transformers), and operation and maintenance of wastewater treatment facilities.

Tritium and Carbon-14 Emissions
In the nuclear industry, tritium and C14 emissions are a significant environmental aspect of our operations. Emissions include those to air, water, and groundwater. These emissions are a possibility in many of OPG’s operations: reactor operation, heavy water processing, tritium removal facility activities, waste incineration, the Darlington refurbishment, and domestic sewage discharge. OPG Environment is looking for new ways to handle this aspect of what we do.

Water Flow and Level Changes
Hydroelectric operations can have impacts on the water systems in which they are situated. Such impacts can include impacts on aquatic and terrestrial biota. Dams, spillways, and penstock operations are activities where these impacts are an aspect of their operation that OPG Environment investigates.

Waste Generation
The operation of OPG’s nuclear assets produces low and intermediate level radioactive waste during standard operations. OPG Environment is involved in the handling, treatment, and disposal of this material.

Fleet Electrification
Environment is looking for innovations that help OPG and other companies manage a fleet of electric vehicles. These innovations can include, but are not limited to: booking, parking, sharing, charging, and maintenance of an EV fleet.

Vehicle-to-Grid Integration
At both the local and provincial level, the emergence of electric vehicles will present a number of challenges for the energy sector. Facilitating the integration of a high number of EVs onto the electrical grid is something OPG is looking to innovators to help with solutions.

EV Owner Engagement
Innovations that allow OPG to engage, communicate, and reward EV owners to collaborate with OPG are of potential interest, especially in a future where 2.4 million EVs could be on Ontario’s roads.