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Solar Lab: Green Building Technologies

Solar Lab

Used primarily for research, training and demonstration, the Solar Lab is home to industry-leading technology in solar energy generation, storage and use. The lab also houses a rainwater harvesting research space.

Research area and purpose

SAIT designed and constructed the Solar Lab to demonstrate building-integrated renewable energy and to test new solar technologies. The complementary rainwater harvesting component was created for the design and testing of building-integrated water reclamation and water-filtration solutions.

The labs are housed in the same compound as the Green Building Technology Lab and Demonstration Centre and continue as two of the facility’s flexible, living laboratories for research and development in the renewable energy industry.

Facility highlights

The labs feature fully operational solar photovoltaic (electricity) and solar thermal (heat) systems, including rack-mounted and actuating solar panels that are directly integrated into the construction of the building.

The functional onsite harvesting, storage and re-use systems utilize a range of Architectural Ecology (AE) technologies. These AE technologies include green roofs, rainwater collection methods, and numerous living walls that filter rainwater for grey water applications such as toilet flushing and irrigation.

The lab also includes green energy solutions and integrated mechanics for seasonal heat storage, battery storage and energy grid configuration. The latest addition to the lab is a solar carport, equipped with an electric-car charging station.

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