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.
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.
- Advanced Mobile Labs
- Centre for Innovative Information Technology Solutions
- Chemical and Environmental Analysis Lab
- Composites Fabrication Lab
- Enerplus Centre for Innovation
- Green Building Technology Lab
- Industry Innovation Labs
- Kinetica Innovation Centre
- Materials Testing Lab
- Process Operations Lab
- SAIT RFID Test Lab
- Solar Lab Green Building Technologies
- Solar Roller
- Solids Modeling Lab
- Technology Demonstration Hall