Our quest to create NanoGrid™ began over a decade ago.
As we witnessed the birth of renewable systems, we asked ourselves what the future of the electrical grid would look like. For the first time in the energy market, consumers were able to generate their own power and more and more were deciding to do so at an unprecedented pace. It was clear to us that the energy grid as we knew it would need to undergo a massive transformation.
With our experience working with both large utility customers and DER providers alike, we realized that the future electrical grid would need to be a combination of the best parts of the old and new with each side bringing advantages to the table.
We knew that a transformation of global energy systems to incorporate DER would be a massive challenge, but it also presented some unprecedented opportunities:
- For the first time in history, any business, consumer or organization could finally take control of their energy destiny and make their own choices about how they used electricity.
- We would have a viable solution to meet the growing electricity needs of all electricity consumers using cheaper and cleaner forms of generation.
- We would be able to meet our ambitious climate change goals without having to make uncomfortable compromises.
Our unique perspective and experience in the hydropower industry afforded us the exceptional ability to respond to these opportunities. While the majority of the energy industry faced the need to optimize unpredictable energy generation resources for the first time, we had already been doing so for years through our work managing hydro reservoirs and storage. Our team has developed solutions that balance, control and optimize all the generation assets for some of the largest Hydro utilities in the world.
We had successfully built tools for the first energy market deregulation and we knew we could do it again for the second one.
For years we held true to our vision and despite the opposition we faced, we were certain that it was just a matter of time before the billions of NanoGrids all over the world would be integrated into the existing electrical grid.
Through our consulting work with hundreds of energy organizations and DER integrators worldwide, we have acquired a deep understanding of the real needs of all stakeholders in the future energy grid. Our world-class team of engineers have captured this knowledge and made it available as NanoGrid™.
More than 10 years and several millions of dollars later, we have completed the development of NanoGrid™ and have begun the journey of transforming the energy grid.
Marc-André Forget, P.Eng., CEO
Marc-André Forget is an Electrical Engineer with a law degree and has more than 20 years of experience in strategy and business management in the energy industry throughout which he built an impressive global contact network composed of utilities, engineering corporations and technology companies.
In 1994, he co-founded and served as CEO of Utilicase Inc., a company specialized in the energy sector. Headquartered in Montreal and with 5 offices in North America, Utilicase was composed of a Products and a Consulting division that successfully served hundreds of projects with utilities and energy companies across North America and internationally.
In 2003, he launched EPS-M, a comprehensive asset care management and planning software platform focused on enhanced management of critical energy assets. That technology led to significant partnership agreements with Hydro-Québec (IREQ) and BC Hydro, as well as Mr. Forget co-receiving the “Highly Commended Award” from the prestigious Institute of Engineering and Technology in London, England.
Mr. Forget has also represented Manitoba Hydro International in their efforts to assist power utilities, governments, and private sector clients around the world in the efficient, effective, and sustainable delivery of affordable electricity. He was pivotal in assembling a trusted team responsible for the deep institutional reform of Société nationale d’électricité (national electricity company of the Democratic Republic of Congo) on behalf of the World Bank.
Author of 5 patents and participant in many conferences and publications, his paper “Strategic Asset Management: A Primer for Electric Utilities” is now mandatory reading at Lehigh University in the M.Eng. program in Energy Systems Engineering. As a recognized authority in decentralized energy management, in 2016 he was invited to speak at both the European Network of Transmission System Operators (ENTSO-E) in Brussels and the World Energy Council (WEC) in Istanbul for the 23rd World Energy Congress to discuss the future of utility prosumer engagement and investment planning in the era of distributed energy.
Mr. Forget is also an invited member of the American Energy Bar Association, the International Council on Large Electric Systems (CIGRE) and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).
He has been involved with the following North-American utilities (amongst others):
Dan Fletcher, CBDO
Dan Fletcher is the founder and former CEO of Ile Infinie (2010), pioneer in renewable and high-efficiency low emissions energy integration and co-founder and former Executive VP of Atlantic Hydrogen (2004), an early innovator in hydrogen generation and storage through which he secured investment from Encana and Emera (Nova Scotia Power). He was also part of the team that delivered a fully integrated distributed Hydrogen refuelling station to Shell.
From 2006-2010, Mr. Fletcher and partners invested in developing a stackable 1kW inverter topology and IP under a series of patents. This culminated in this specialized power electronics group delivering a high efficiency 15kW islandable inverter linked to gas generators under a project funded by Sustainable Development Technology Canada with Université de Québec à Trois-Rivierès and HEC.
Since 2008, Mr. Fletcher has been involved in more than 50 microgrid projects around the world, one being the creation of the first wind and solar powered green stage for the Osheaga Music Festival (draws daily crowd of 40 000) produced by Evenko, an entertainment company that manages the largest stadiums and venues across Canada, including the Montréal Canadiens’ Bell Centre (21 000 person capacity). He and his team of storage experts won the international Greener Festival award for this mandate.
Other notable projects included co-developing a Net Metering subscription agreement with Vermont Solar Farmers, ViZn Energy, Solar Edge and a large microgrid project developed with École de Technologie Supérieure (a public engineering school in the heart of downtown Montréal) and Hydrogenics for a 300kWh hydrogen conversion and storage project coupled with solar energy. Prior to co-founding Ossiaco, Mr. Fletcher worked with a strong consortium of clean technology partners: Solantro Semiconductor Alpha / Outback, Celestica to incorporate and advance smart microgrids within the Eco-Campus Hubert Reeves.
Mr. Fletcher has signed deals and continues to maintain market channel access for inverters, generators, batteries and microgrid technologies, and powerful strategic relationships in Silicon Valley, London (UK), New York City and Boston.
Ron Denom, P.Eng., MBA, COO
Ron Denom is the former President of SNC-Lavalin International Inc. and has over forty years of experience in financing, engineering, procurement and construction of major projects around the world. He is a graduate of McGill University with a B. Eng. in metallurgical engineering and an MBA in International Business Management.
He is a co-founder of Terragon Environmental Technologies Inc., a cleantech company that develops innovative appliances dedicated to the decentralized treatment of wastewater and the decentralized recovery of organic waste. His wealth of knowledge and decades of experience has lead him to be a member of numerous boards of Directors and International Business Councils such as Canadian Representative on the Business Advisory Council of the Stability Pact for South East Europe, Berlin; Founding Member and Chairman of the Canadian-Turkish Business Council; Director, Canada Eurasia Russia Business Associations; Founding Sponsor of the Canadian Council on Africa (CCAfrica); Director, Canada India Business Council; Director, Canada China Business Council; Director, Conseil de Relations International de Montréal, (CORIM) (forum on international political, diplomatic and economic relations); Member of the Board – CANDU Energy Inc, nuclear power; Director, International Economic Forum of the Americas, Montréal, Toronto, Miami, Paris.
Richard Fuoco, CTO
Richard Fuoco has been the lead architect and CTO for many well-known Forbes 100 companies over the past 24 years. Specializing in real-time and critical systems, he has worked or consulted on behalf of Microsoft, Hewlett Packard, international banks and financial institutions ranging from Bank of America to Credit Suisse First Boston, to utility and energy companies such as Hydro Quebec, Suncor, and Cenovus.
In 1997, Mr. Fuoco moved from the east coast to California and joined (as lead architect) the startup that designed and built the first digital and mastering and playback systems used to remaster movie classics such as Star Wars and bring films like Ice Age and Spiderman to the digital realm. The company was sold to DTS back in 2001 and the technology is still used today.
With a budget in excess of $300M, Mr. Fuoco rebuilt the architecture of the New York City Emergency Response System to account for new realities after 9/11. He was the lead architect for many energy trading floor companies computing billions of transactions a year and was Nav Canada’s lead technical advisor for the development of their real-time air traffic control system.