BLUEWATER – A green energy project in Bluewater is drawing the attention of the community as preparations are being made to move ahead with a proposed compressed air energy storage facility.
An open house was held at the Stanley Community Centre in Varna on Tuesday, July 25, where representatives of Bedrock Energy Corp., the group behind the proposal, were available to answer questions about the project, how the technology works and how the planned facility will impact the surrounding areas.
The proposal – the first of its kind both for Bedrock and Ontario – aims to make use of two depleted natural gas reservoirs that sit almost 460 metres beneath the surface for energy storage. The technology compresses air using excess energy and then releases and heats the air when energy demand is high to drive turbine generators without the use of fossil fuels.
Compressed air energy storage can be used to reduce the amount of energy lost from sources such as wind and solar, which can often provide inconsistent levels of energy generation due to natural conditions. When a surplus of energy is produced, it is often wasted or sold to the United States.