Kwantlen Polytechnic University
Carmanah’s Power Systems Group supplied a 5.0 kW amorphous silicon (a-Si) Building Integrated Photovoltaic (BIPV) grid tie system to the new Kwantlen Polytechnic University (formerly Trades & Technical College) in Cloverdale, BC. The a-Si modules are unique in because they have a very homogenous appearance in contrast to the ‘cellular’ look of traditional crystalline technologies.
The BIPV system was integrated seamlessly into the building’s curtain wall during the construction phase by using standard glazing techniques. A curtain wall is an architecturally designed series of modular panels which act as an outer building envelope and hang off the main building structure. In this case, the panels are made from solar modules. The solar energy created by the system is used to subsidize traditional grid power, reducing energy costs and the building’s environmental impact. The BIPV system includes 36 units of 141 watt custom a-Si solar modules and two 2500 watt/208 VAC inverters.
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