Centre for Fuel Cell Innovation

Centre for Fuel Cell Innovation, BC, Carmanah solar photovoltaic systemCentre for Fuel Cell Innovation, BC, Carmanah solar photovoltaic systemCentre for Fuel Cell Innovation, BC, Carmanah solar photovoltaic systemCentre for Fuel Cell Innovation, BC, Carmanah solar photovoltaic system
Client: 
National Research Council
Capacity (kW): 
7
Locations: 
Vancouver, BC
Commercial Operation: 
2004

The National Research Council (NRC) Institute for Fuel Cell Innovation is located on the University of British Columbia campus in Vancouver, BC. The solar modules provided for this building integrated system are a low voltage design, consisting of 31 parallel strings of three modules per string. The unique system feeds directly into a hydrolyzer which breaks water into hydrogen gas, used to replenish fuel cells and oxygen. This is an attempt to complete a full circle renewable energy generation and storage system without traditional batteries.

The solar modules are located in three distinct sections of the building: (1) an E-W running skylight over the primary building; (2) in a skylight in the West stairwell and (3) in a vertically oriented fashion on a penthouse section of the building.