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Solar Roller

Solar Roller

The Solar Roller is a fully functional, mobile trailer that is equipped with solar power generation and off-grid telecommunications equipment.

Research area and purpose

SAIT’s Green Building Technologies research division uses the Solar Roller for research, training and education and outreach events.

Facility highlights

The lab is a 14- by 18-foot cargo trailer-conversion constructed by SAIT researchers, faculty, industry partners and students. A customized solar module racking system is built into the roof and holds moveable solar modules that sit at a 45-degree angle to capture optimal sunlight. The panels fold in and stack on top of each other for transport.

It features a battery-based solar system that captures and stores energy from the sun, as well as a computer monitoring station, battery storage, and lab capabilities for experiential learning.

In addition to providing a hands-on research and learning tool for students and industry partners, the Solar Roller is fully functional and doubles as a mobile, remote source of power.

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