Canadian college receives $1.2 million to research sustainable energy
A multidisciplinary team of researchers at Canada’s Concordia University has received $1.2 million in funding from the Canada Foundation for Innovation to design a net-zero energy research facility on the Loyola campus, which could be the first test facility of its kind in North America.
The facility is slated to be built by summer 2019, reports the school’s newspaper The Link. Currently, it is planned to receive electricity from solar panels, hydrogen fuel cells and potentially a wind turbine.
The two-story building will be made of a prefabricated steel structure that can be adapted with any type of siding or roofing material and will contain up to seven adaptable test cells at any given time, officials said.
The facility, meant to replace the 13-year-old award-winning Solar Decathlon building, will measure not only the energy output from the renewable sources used to power it, but also efficiency, and indoor comfort.
The building will also help researchers understand the needs of home occupants in arctic regions, with airflow and energy testing slated to be conducted using this facility over the following couple years.
Officials said the facility will also be a major benefit to future students who are able to use it for their research projects, not only for the potential data it can produce, but also for the interdisciplinary approach.