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ORTECH provides energy storage consulting services to developers, technology vendors and local distribution companies by developing energy storage projects in Ontario and across Canada. ORTECH has a detailed understanding of the market drivers concerning energy storage in Canada.

A summary of our experience:

  • 6 years of experience in Ontario,
  • Knowledge of electrochemical batteries (solid state and flow batteries), compressed air, hydrogen electrolyzers, and flywheels,
  • Founding member of Energy Storage Ontario,
  • Permitting knowledge for both Renewable Energy plants and Industrial facilities (potential storage site), and
  • "Engineers that Speak Finance".

ORTECH has experience with a wide range of storage technologies in Ontario and understands and appreciates that each technology has its own characteristics and potential uses. Energy Storage is on the verge of exploding in the energy industry. ORTECH feels that there are great opportunities for consulting and engineering companies to help match solution providers with applications and potential users.

ORTECH provides due diligence review services for energy storage technologies.  While the detailed scope of this review depends on the stage of development of the technology, it generally consists of reviewing technical reports and witnessing of tests conducted on demonstration models.  A high-level fatal flaw analysis of these technologies including consideration of permitting issues, market rules and structure.

ORTECH has conducted reviews of the following energy storage technologies:

  • Battery,
  • Hydrogen Electrolyser;
  • Flywheel;
  • Subterranean Compressed Air; and
  • Underwater Compressed Air.

Understanding of the Market:

Energy storage technology has advanced significantly in recent years and is now seeing adoption for use in building as well as utility scale applications such as in the recent Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) Request for Proposal (RFP) for Energy Storage.  Reliability, operating capabilities and cost for many of the storage technologies have improved.  One of the inherent advantages of energy storage systems is that they bring flexibility and can be used in a variety of applications.

A number of drivers help to provide value to energy storage solutions including but not limited to:

  • Replacement of back-up diesel generators approaching end-of-life.
  • Participation in Ontario Power Authority (IESO)/IESO programs such as Demand Response.
  • Enhanced resilience as bridging power, back-up power or in the extreme case for extended islanded operations.
  • Improved power quality for building owners and other end users.
  • Power shifting for customers on time-of-use metering.
  • Demand charge reductions through peak shaving.

ORTECH is at the forefront of this market. ORTECH can provide the following services to assist both developers and investors alike;

Other Services may include:

  • Market Assessment: What is the state of the Ontario electricity market and how would a major energy storage facility fit into the current long-term provincial power plan?
  • Site Selection: Where would the project be located? Are the sites suitable? Transmission Connection: What are the transmission constraints and where would the project connect to the grid?
  • Permitting Risk Assessment: Review the regulations and determine any issues that could impact the development process or issues that must be overcome. What is the basic permitting requirements and process both for surface and subsurface facilities?
  • Financial Analysis: ORTECH will create a preliminary financial model based on current market prices, indicative capital costs and market variables. This analysis will determine the amount of revenue that is required to make an energy storage project feasible.
  • Power Purchase Agreement/Government Policy: Is there a likelihood of a contract?  What is the current policy?
  • Other Services Related to Energy Storage: Strategic Planning, Vendor and Technology Assessments, Financial Model Development, and Project Management.


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Is Energy Storage right for you? ORTECH can help!

Energy Storage allows you to store electricity when prices are low and use that stored electricity when prices are high. The purpose of these solutions is to cut energy costs. Determining if either solution is right for you is complicated and involved.  ORTECH can make the process easier for you. 

ORTECH offers a multi-tiered approach including:

An Initial Assessment and Feasibility Study will assist you in determining if Energy Storage will benefit your bottom line.  This approach will simplify and de-mystify these up and coming technologies. ORTECH will break the process down into manageable steps.

Step 1: Initial Assessment: This assessment will determine if either a net metering or an energy storage solution will benefit your company. Net gain equates reducing the cost of energy.

Step 2: Feasibility Study:  This study will identify the high-level solution (type), benefits, costs and process to setup a net metering solution using Solar PV or an energy storage solution.

Step 3: Solution Development:  Identify options for the selected solution and develop an implementation plan for your facility.





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Let us design and build your energy storage project!

Energy Storage Solutions:

ORTECH offers a variety of energy storage solutions ("ESS"), mainly Lithium-ion (LI-on) battery solutions that can be remotely operated with intelligent controls to assist our clients with operating the system as needed.

Why Energy Storage?

ORTECH recognizes that all facilities are different; nevertheless an ESS will provide flexibility to almost all facilities. The primary benefit of installing an ESS is your ability to control your electricity demand for whatever reason.  Some of the key concepts for this are as follows:

  • The Price of Energy Storage is dropping:  The average price of a lithium-ion battery based system for an industrial installation is currently $700 to $800 per kWh and trending downward.   The cost of lithium ion batteries has dropped from about $1000 per kWh in 2010 to below $300 per kWh in 2017.
  • Demand Management: Consists of using energy storage to store electrical power during off-peak price hours and discharging it to facility loads during higher peak price hours.
  • Resilience / Reliability (Backup Power):  An ESS provides these benefits until the problem is fixed or other backup power come online.  A battery system allows you to shut down gently and keep you running smoothly during a grid outage until your back-up generation starts.
  • Market Renewal:  Ontario is looking to change the entire electrical market system, but those plans are still being developed. The use of an ESS is supported by the current government (Liberal Party of Ontario) and the official opposition (Conservative Party of Ontario). An ESS will have a beneficial role to play in the future.
  • GA Market Risk:   There is potential for significant changes to the GA.  As an example, the recently implemented Fair Hydro Plan refinances a large fraction of the GA so that payments are lower by $2.5 billion per year (about 21% of the total GA for 2017). However, an ESS will continue to provide its owners with benefits regardless of what changes are put in place by the government of the day, and in most of the likely future scenarios, an ESS will continue to allow reductions in the users GA payments.
  • Peak Shaving Value to the IESO:  There is value to the Independent Electricity System Operator (“IESO”) if it can entice users to reduce their demand during peak usage (e.g. via an ESS) as it would not have to start up natural gas peaking plants or purchase electricity from neighbouring provinces or US states.
  • Other Benefits:
    • Avoided or deferred costs of distribution/transmission upgrades
    • Black start
    • Demand shifting and peak demand reduction
    • Fast(est) ramping to mitigate impact of variable generation from renewable power
    • Flexible and peak capacity
    • Frequency regulation service generation
    • Generation and uninterrupted power supply
    • GHG reductions in and outside of the province, lowering reliance on fossil fuel
    • Load following
    • Non-­spinning reserve
    • Operating reserve
    • Seasonal storage
    • Spinning reserve
    • Transmission and distribution congestion relief
    • Voltage support

How can Energy Storage help?

If you are a Class A electricity user (monthly average peak demand exceeding 5 MW), an ESS can be effective in reducing your GA and Demand Charges.  Also, non-Class A users may qualify for the Class A as the ICI has lowered the threshold to 500 kW (monthly average peak demand).    The ICI, administered by the IESO, is a form of demand response that allows participating customers to manage their GA costs by reducing their demand during peak periods.  An ESS can be utilized to accomplish this, and the IESO encourages users to participate in the ICI  program as it helps them manage the electrical system during peaks.  Reducing peak demand costs is the fundamental pricing mechanism that will offset the cost of an ESS system.  Although the GA mechanism may change, an ESS will remain useful.  


ORTECH has a long history of renewable energy and energy storage in Ontario.  Since our recent acquisition, by Kontrol Energy Corp., ORTECH has shifted into offering energy storage solutions to our industrial clients.  Our key values to our clients include:

  • Industry-leading emission testing and consulting firm,
  • Focused on low cost-low risk solutions with a targeted approach,
  • Vendor and technology Agnostic,
  • Commitment to technology to monitor and manage the use of the equipment with enough flexibility to handle any changes to the electricity system and how the market works
  • Comprehensive offerings across the entire Kontrol Family: Engineering, Permitting, Design, Equipment, Construction and service,
  • Structured finance approach to business case,
  • ORTECH draws from experience across multiple industries, and
  • ORTECH provides dynamic and creative solutions that are flexible.

ORTECH's Approach to Energy Storage projects:

ORTECH has a structured approach to all our solutions.  Here is the high level overview of that process:


  • Scoping Study
  • Business Case development: high level
  • Preliminary Engineering design
  • Detailed Engineering design
    • Define:
      • Technology
      • Savings
      • Cost
  • Solution Development
    • Technology
    • Construction Plan
    • Operation and Maintenance plan

If you are interested to know what the business case looks like, ORTECH can tell you.  Just contact us and we will provide you with a high level assessment with capital costs, savings and solution, at no charge. Please contact Michael Tingle at mtingle@ortech.ca




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ORTECH has Energy Storage experience!

ORTECH has been at the forefront of Energy Storage in Canada; even so much as to be one of the founding members of Energy Storage Ontario, the only provincial or federal energy storage association in Canada at this time.  The following are a sample of ORTECH's project:

Multiple Clients including Northwater Capital: ORTECH offers a due diligence technology review product.  While the detailed scope of this review depends on the stage of development of the technology, it generally consists of reviewing technical reports and witnessing of tests conducted on demonstration units.  ORTECH has also performed high-level fatal flaw analysis of these technologies including consideration of permitting issues, market rules and structure.  ORTECH has conducted this type of review for energy storage systems using the following technologies:

  • Hydrogen Electrolyzer,
  • Flywheel,
  • Subterranean Compressed Air, and
  • Underwater Compressed Air.

Infrastructure Ontario (“IO”): IO manages over 6000 buildings in Ontario, including Northern Ontario, for the Province. ORTECH was engaged to investigate and report on the current state of the energy storage industry, including potential future developments, and how energy storage technologies can best be integrated into IO’s real estate portfolio. The primary objectives were to provide background information on energy storage technologies, their applications and benefits, to develop business case studies of applications of energy storage in IO buildings, and to provide recommendations on how best to pilot energy storage solutions in those buildings. The Technology reviewed for this project was mostly battery centric.

NRStor Inc.: ORTECH provided development support for a proposed very large scale energy storage facility.  Our scope included siting assistance including prospecting for connection points and interfacing with the IESO on a Feasibility Study, detailed analysis of Ontario’s electricity market to determine the effect of the addition of a large amount of bulk grid scale storage and participation in presentations to the Ontario Energy Board, OPA, IESO, and other potential investors.  ORTECH has provided assistance with developing proposals for energy storage RFPs in Ontario and Hawaii for projects using flywheels, lithium-ion batteries, molten salt batteries and redox flow batteries.  Our scope included developing detailed financial modelling including detailed operations and maintenance costing and plans. Also, ORTECH conducted a study on incorporating storage with a small wind farm in Nova Scotia in order to optimize energy injected to the grid with a constrained interconnection.

Oshawa Hydro: Assisted this Local Distribution Company with responding to two provincial agency RFPs:  IESO and the now merged OPA.  The battery technology is confidential but ORTECH provided support in evaluating the sites and technologies for each bid.  Financial Modelling was also a component of the engagement.

Confidential Client:  Siting assistance for a developer looking to optimize their portfolio of energy storage projects awarded contracts under a recent energy storage RFP.  Our scope included prospecting for host sites including buildings and industrial facilities where energy storage could be deployed. The award was based on this client using battery storage solutions.

European Debt Provider:  ORTECH provided risk management technical services to this Client related to the potential debt financing of an Independent Electricity System Operator’s (“IESO’s”) awarded energy storage project.   The technology consists of flywheel and battery. 

US Energy Storage Provider:   ORTECH provided risk management and technical services to the Client related to participating in a US Department of Energy (“DOE”) program for Energy Storage Projects.  The loan guarantee program requires an independent engineers report on various technical and financial aspects of the project.   The project reviewed was 40MW in size and located in California.

Canadian Debt Provider: ORTECH provided risk management technical services to the Client related to the potential debt financing of a 4 MW energy storage battery facility to be installed and operated under the Independent Electricity System Operator’s (“IESO’s”) Energy Storage Procurement program. 


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