Herzberg Institute of Astrophysics

Herzberg Institute Astrophysics, BC, Carmanah rooftop solar photovoltaic systemHerzberg Institute Astrophysics, BC, Carmanah rooftop solar photovoltaic system
National Research Council
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Victoria , BC
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The National Research Council of Canada's Herzberg Institute of Astrophysics (NRC-HIA)provides first-class research facilities in observational astronomy in Victoria BC. As well, NRC-HIA manages Canada's involvement in major astronomical observatories in Hawaii and Chile, thereby ensuring Canadian astronomers gain full access to world-class facilities spanning the entire sky.

In astronomy, scientific progress is closely linked to technological innovation. Instrumentation experts at NRC-HIA develop state-of-the-art devices that are critical to the research of world-class observatories in Canada and abroad. NRC-HIA is also a leading force in data management, archiving and distribution. Industrial collaborations and technology transfers are high priorities at NRC-HIA. The Institute has helped several industry partners win major contracts and establish a competitive presence on the world market. As well as its services to the research and business communities, NRC-HIA maintains an active outreach and education program to the public at large. This includes a year-round interpretive centre, the Centre of the Universe, in Victoria BC.

Carmanah installed a 6.0 kW grid tie system at the Herzberg Institute of Astrophysics in Victoria BC. The system consists of thirty-six 165 W SPS Iridium Solar Panels and two 2500 Fronius Inverters. Because the Herzberg Observatory is located at a high elevation where strong winds frequently come in, a special mounting structure for the grid tie system was constructed to endure these environmental challenges.

The energy from this system will be tied directly back into the existing grid. SPS grid tie inverters have gained broad market acceptance due to their advanced High Frequency technology which offers high efficiency, precision MPP-tracking, and active clocking, all of which results in superior energy production from photovoltaic systems.