ADVANCED COMPRESSED AIR ENERGY STORAGE

ABOUT HYDROSTOR

Hydrostor is a leader in Advanced Compressed Air Energy Storage (A-CAES), a technology uniquely suited to enable the transition to a cleaner, more reliable electricity grid. A-CAES provides grid services that are not readily replicated by other storage technologies, giving it unique market potential. It flexibly addresses bulk electricity system needs for dispatchable capacity, renewable integration and optimization, transmission deferral and ancillary services, and is ideal for use in behind-the-meter or remote applications for mines and large industrial operations.


Hydrostor’s solution delivers low-cost, long duration bulk energy storage (hundreds of MWs, 4-24+ hours) that is synchronous and emission-free, and can be located where required by the grid, including the ability to replace retired fossil fuel plants and the need for new transmission. 

 

Hydrostor offers a complete solution including financing and warranty, working with leading EPC providers to help deliver solutions globally.

 

A-CAES TECHNOLOGY

 

A-CAES PROCESS

1

Off-peak or surplus electricity from the grid or a renewable source is used to run a compressor and produce heated compressed air.

Compress Air 
Using Electricity

3

Air is stored in a purpose-built underground cavity, where hydrostatic compensation maintains the system at a constant pressure.

Store
Compressed Air

2

Heat is extracted from the air stream and stored inside a proprietary thermal store.

Capture Heat in

Thermal Store

4

Hydrostatic pressure forces air to the surface, where it is re-heated by the thermal store and expanded through a turbine to generate electricity on demand.

Convert Compressed Air

to Electricity On Demand

 

BENEFITS

Hydrostor A-CAES is a cost effective, fuel-free storage solution that can be flexibly sited to deliver hundreds of megawatts (MW) and 4-24+ hours of long duration storage. 

Low Cost

Lowest installed cost per kilowatt hour (kWh) for large-scale, long duration energy storage. 30+ year system life with unlimited cycling and no replacement required.

Ancillary Services

Supports electrical grid stability and resiliency, with the system's synchronous generation providing rotational inertia. Delivers VAR support, spinning reserve, black start and frequency response.

Flexible Siting

 

Sites where grid requires it using a  proprietary, purpose-built air storage cavern. No toxic materials or thermal impacts on environment. Ideal for high-value grid applications near load, with low noise, small footprint. 

Customized System Design

System design optimized to match client requirements, with independent settings for charge, discharge and storage capacity.

Emission Free

Increased efficiency, lower operating costs, and no hazardous chemicals or use of fossil fuels with Hydrostor's patented adiabatic thermal management system.

Proven Solution

Warrantied and guaranteed systems using industry-proven mechanical equipment from Tier 1 OEM suppliers paired with well-tested planning and engineering expertise derived from analogous projects.

 
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APPLICATIONS

A-CAES cleanly and cost effectively solves today’s most difficult energy challenges. 

  • Provides identical synchronous generation, improving reliability without emissions.

  • Repurpose decommissioned thermal plants and defer remediation costs.

  • Reduce construction costs by reusing existing interconnection and infrastructure.

Fossil Plant Replacement

  • Non-wires alternative to defer network infrastructure investment.

  • Alleviate grid congestion during peak periods.

  • Locatable, reliable power for critical areas and infrastructure.

Transmission Deferral

  • Provide baseload wind and solar.

  • Optimize solar/wind project economics through time-shifting.

  • Reduce curtailment.

Renewable Integration

  • Improve reliability and reduce electricity grid charges (on-grid).

  • Reduce or eliminate fuel costs and logistics (off-grid).

  • Repurpose legacy mining infrastructure.

Mines & Large Industrial

 

PROJECTS

Hydrostor has multiple projects in operation / under construction in Canada and Australia, totaling more than 25 MWh. Hydrostor also has numerous projects in advanced development across the United States, Australia, Canada, and Chile, ranging in size up to 500 MW / 5 GWh.

Toronto A-CAES

Facility 

Location:
Toronto Island, Ontario, Canada

 

Utility Host:
Toronto Hydro

 

Application:
Technical demonstration, R&D

 

In-Service:
2015

Goderich A-CAES

Facility

Location: 
Goderich, Ontario, Canada

 

Owner: 
Hydrostor/NRStor, contracted by Ontario’s Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO)

 

Application: 
Commercial demonstration, 
peaking capacity

 

In-Service: 
2019

Location:
Strathalbyn, South Australia, Australia

 

Owner:
Hydrostor, dispatched into the National Electricity Market (NEM)

 

Application:
Load leveling, frequency response, inertia

In-Service:
2020

 

PRESS & NEWS

"Hydrostor and NRStor Announce Completion of World’s First Commercial Advanced-CAES Facility"

 

— November 25, 2019 

 

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COMPANY

MANAGEMENT

Curtis has been CEO of Hydrostor since its inception and has led the company through technology development into commercial operations. Prior to Hydrostor, Curtis was Sr. Manager in Deloitte's Corporate Strategy Consulting Practice where he advised and consulted for some of the top energy companies globally. He has also held positions at nuclear generator Bruce Power and wind developer Environmental Electric Company.

CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER, BOARD MEMBER

MBA, BASc, PMP

Curtis VanWalleghem

Jordan is a senior professional with 15 years of experience in the private equity space. He spent over a decade at Brookfield Asset Management expanding the company’s renewable power, real estate and infrastructure global platforms. Prior to joining Hydrostor, Jordan was the Chief Investment Officer within Brookfield’s district energy platform, Enwave Energy Group. He has experience in renewables and infrastructure project development, and has been involved in a number of key transactions and financings. Jordan holds both honors BBA and MBA degrees from the Schulich School of Business at York University.

EVP & CHIEF COMMERCIAL OFFICER

BBA, MBA

Jordan Cole

Sid is a professional engineer with 29 years of experience in the Alberta oilsands, petrochemical and natural gas midstream industries. He has extensive project experience having managed the development and execution of ~$4 billion worth of processing, pipelines and other infrastructure projects. Sid previously held senior roles progressing to the executive level with Williams Energy, TransCanada, Nova Chemicals and Syncrude Canada. Most recently Sid owned and operated his own consulting company focusing on acquisitions, commercial management and project management advice. Sid holds a bachelor’s degree of Civil Engineering from Dalhousie University.

EVP, ENGINEERING & PROJECTS

P.Eng

Sid Meloney

Alex has over 17 years of professional experience, including 2 years leading business development and marketing for a global utility-scale solar developer, and over 8 years in renewable energy and corporate sustainability with Bullfrog Power. Prior to that Alex held various engineering and project management roles with companies such as Siemens-Westinghouse, Honeywell, Apotex and Husky Injection Molding Systems. Alex holds a BASc in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Waterloo and an MBA from the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management.

VP BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT & MARKETING

BASc, MBA

Alex Fuentes

Greg has 20 years of experience across a range of technology and engineering industries, including extensive business development and operational expertise with industrial plant and equipment, and solar and battery energy storage. Greg previously held senior roles at SOLCO Ltd (Formerly Solar Energy Systems Ltd) and enGen (Energy Generation), a part of Wesfarmers Energy. Prior to joining Hydrostor, Greg was Chief Operating Officer at Carnegie Clean Energy, where he was responsible for ensuring compliance with regulatory and commercial requirements for project development, execution and the sale of power and water.

MANAGING DIRECTOR, HYDROSTOR AUSTRALIA

BEng, MBA

Greg Allen

Jon is a professional engineer with nearly 20 years experience in the power industry, environmental sector, management consulting and government. Jon previously held senior roles at Brookfield Asset Management, most recently as VP responsible for regulatory policy and government relations across North America for the power and utilities business. In earlier roles he served as project manager for environmental operations and held senior roles in government, where he led grid and networks policy development in Ontario as well as interjurisdictional negotiations. Jon holds an interdisciplinary master’s degree in engineering and economics from the University of Toronto.

PRESIDENT & CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER

MASc, P.Eng

Jon Norman

Cam has brought the ideas of Hydrostor to life in the innovative concepts and processes that founded the company. Cam has a decade and a half in the Oil and Gas equipment manufacturing industry in Alberta, working with start-ups such as Chadco Canada and Delaney Energy. Pairing his conventional energy knowledge with his experience in wind farm development in Ontario, he created the Environmental Electric Company to continually advance renewable technology to best serve the expanding market. Bringing ideas to life has been fundamental throughout his career.

FOUNDER & CHIEF TECHNOLOGY OFFICER

Cameron Lewis

Mr. McGillis is a coastal and marine engineer. He has more than 10 years of experience working as an engineer in the marine sector, including project management, coastal process investigations, and design. Most of his past work involves site investigations and engineering design of marine structures such as revetments, breakwaters, harbours, offshore wind turbine foundations, and scour protection. He is now focused on managing the design and engineering process at Hydrostor.

SVP ENGINEERING

MSc, P.Eng

Andrew McGillis

As an experienced leader with over 20 years of professional experience in finance, accounting and corporate operations, Cindy has a proven track record with strong relationship building skills and knowledge in a fast-paced, cutting-edge environment. She is responsible for oversight of our finance, corporate operations, HR and IT departments. She holds a CPA, CMA, an honours BMath/BA from University of Waterloo and a MBA from Wilfried Laurier University.

SVP, FINANCE AND CORPORATE OPERATIONS

MBA, CPA, CMA

Cindy Hung

 
 

BOARD

Mr. Miller is a co-founder of Lorem Partners, a private equity investment firm. Mr. Miller has extensive experience in strategic and corporate finance matters for both privately held and publicly traded entities including originating, valuing, structuring and negotiating acquisitions, dispositions, and, conventional and non-conventional financings. Mr. Miller is currently a board member of Parex Resources Inc., Hydrostor Inc., Redress Risk Management Inc., EFX Laboratories Inc., and JDRF Canada. Mr. Miller holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree (1987) from the University of Alberta and is a Chartered Professional Accountant, CA (1990). He is also a member of the Institute of Corporate Directors having completed the Directors Education Program in 2009.

CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD

Ron Miller

Mr. Bartlett is a co-founder of Lorem Partners, a private equity investment firm. He has over 30 years of experience as an entrepreneur and manager, private equity investor and investment banker. Mr. Bartlett is currently a founding director of Parex Resources Inc., a TSX listed oil company based in Calgary with operations in Colombia, which has grown from a start-up to over $3 billion of market capitalization. He currently sits on the board of Hydrostor Inc. as well as several private companies, and has been involved in the start-up, growth and sale of more than a dozen companies in the energy and renewables sectors. Mr. Bartlett graduated with a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) degree from Queen’s University, and received a Master of Arts degree from the University of Toronto. He served as a Trustee of Queen’s University, and is a member of the Institute of Corporate Directors having completed the Directors Education Program in 2016.

BOARD MEMBER

Curtis D. Bartlett

See above.

CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER, BOARD MEMBER

Curtis VanWalleghem

After a number of years as a successful software entrepreneur Tom now focuses his efforts on carbon mitigation. He's active in Cleantech venture capital, technology incubation & commercialization, and public advocacy. Tom is Managing Partner of the privately-backed MaRS Cleantech Fund, a Senior Advisor at the MaRS Discovery District and sits on the board of a number of clean energy companies and organizations. Tom has two books under publication: Kick the Fossil Fuel Habit (early 2010) and Waking the Frog (Fall 2014). Tom holds a BSc in electrical engineering (U of Waterloo), an MSc in philosophy of science (University of London and LSE) and an MA and PhD in philosophy (U of Toronto) and is an Action Canada Fellow.

BOARD MEMBER

Tom Rand

Elisabeth Hivon has been working in the infrastructure development area for over 15 years. She has covered transportation, water/wastewater, social infrastructure, and most recently energy sectors. She has been active in more than twenty large scale infrastructure projects ranging in size from a few hundred million to a few billion dollars. As the Executive Director for the Canadian operations of Meridiam Infrastructure, she oversees the activities of the company in Canada and also gets actively involved in some projects in the USA. Prior to joining Meridiam in 2011, Ms. Hivon worked for a number of other private infrastructure developers and also briefly worked for the public sector. Before being active in infrastructure project development, Ms. Hivon worked as a geotechnical engineer in the natural resources sector.

BOARD MEMBER

Elisabeth Hivon

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CAREERS

To apply for a job with Hydrostor, please send a cover letter together with your C.V. to: careers@hydrostor.ca

 

CONTACT

General Inquiries

For any inquiries, questions or commendations, please call or fill out the following form.

Contact

info@hydrostor.ca

+ 1 (416) 548-7880

Canada Office

365 Bay Street, Suite 300
Toronto, Ontario,
Canada, M5H 2V1

Australia Office

431 King William Street, Level 13,
Adelaide, South Australia,
Australia, 5000


 

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