Yukon electric thermal storage demonstration

Yukon Conservation Society is pursuing an Electric Thermal Storage Pilot Project, to better understand how Electric Thermal Storage technology can be deployed in the Yukon to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and power usage for heating during winter peak events.

Electric Thermal Storage units generate and store heat in well-insulated ceramic bricks when energy demand is low. These units can then release this heat into a home later in the day, such as evenings and mornings, when energy demand is greater. By shifting when we generate heat, electric thermal storage units can help us shift our demand for electricity away from ‘peak’ times, when Yukon Energy must use diesel to provide additional power to our grid.

The Research Chair in Northern Energy Innovation is providing research support for this project. Our team is analyzing the data generated from 40 electric thermal storage units to determine how effective this technology could be for reducing peak electricity demand and lowering greenhouse gas emissions within the Yukon.

A final report will be available later this year.

Learn more in our YukonU Research Story!


Project team

Patrick Giles, Project Lead/Research Analyst, Northern Energy Innovation, YukonU Research Centre
Joe Collier, Project Coordinator, NEI, YRC

Funders and partners

Yukon Conservation Society
Government of Yukon
Yukon Energy Corp.

Natural Resources Canada