Concordia's New John Molson School of Business Incorporates State of the Art Solar Technology



    MONTREAL, Jan. 15 /CNW Telbec/ - People travelling in Quartier Concordia
along Ste. Catherine street or De Maisonneuve boulevard in Montreal can now
look up and see a demonstration of innovative Canadian technology conceived at
Concordia: solar panels covering the top two floors of one facade of an
institutional building - the new John Molson School of Business (JMSB). This
world first demonstration of this type of combined solar heat and power
technology integrated into a non-residential building is also the largest
solar-electric installation in Quebec.
    Covering approximately 300 square metres, the solar panels will generate
electricity for the building and heat fresh air during the heating season.
Integrating a combination of solar heat and power in a commercial building is
a first step in the development of the next generation of buildings that not
only produce energy for their own use, but generate enough power to provide it
to the electricity network, thereby transforming buildings from passive
consumers of electricity to net energy producers.
    "The construction of the new JMSB Building provided our researchers with
an opportunity to integrate state of the art innovative solar technology,
developed right here at Concordia, into a building which will set new
standards for construction," said Judith Woodsworth, Concordia President and
Vice-Chancellor.
    This innovative technology was designed by the Canadian Solar Buildings
Research Network (CSBRN), led by Dr. Andreas Athienitis and housed at
Concordia University. The development of this new technology was funded by
Natural Resources Canada's CanmetENERGY, with significant contributions made
by the Agence de l'efficacité énergétique as well as three industrial
partners: Conserval Engineering, suppliers of the Solarwall (R); Day4Energy,
suppliers of the photovoltaic panels; and Sustainable Energy Technologies,
supplier of the electronic components converting the solar electricity for use
by the building.
    "Our Government is committed to increasing the supply of clean, renewable
energy for Canadians," said the Honourable Lisa Raitt, Minister of Natural
Resources. "Investing in projects like this one at Concordia is helping us do
just that."
    Construction of the new JMSB building will be completed next summer, with
classes starting in the building in September, 2009. When it begins operation,
the public will be able to consult an energy display in the lobby to view the
real-time energy captured by the sun and used by the building.

    
    For more information contact:

    Meli Stylianou                 Jasmine MacDonnell   Josef Ayoub
    Network Manager                Press Secretary      Senior Energy
    514-848-2424 ext. 5619         Office of the        Planning Advisor
    mstylian@solarbuildings.ca  Minister             Natural Resources
                                   Natural Resources    Canada -
                                   Canada               CanmetENERGY
                                   Ottawa               Varennes, Quebec
                                   613-996-2007         450-652-1981
    




For further information:

For further information: Tanya Churchmuch, Senior Media Relations
Advisor, Concordia University, (514) 848-2424 ext. 2518, Cell: (514) 518-3336,
tanya.churchmuch@concordia.ca

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