Remote Air-Sampling Monitor Uses Solar for Pollution-Free Power

Thursday, September 6, 2007

A remote air-sampling monitor on a high-desert site in Sierra, Nevada is using solar technology from Carmanah Technologies Corporation for a reliable source of pollution-free power.

Located miles from any traditional electrical infrastructure, the air-monitoring system needed a pollution-free, low maintenance power solution that could withstand a harsh-temperature environment while not interfering with the system's sensitive air-quality testing. The power from a generator was not a feasible option as diesel emissions would create inaccurate data as well an unacceptable amount of CO2 emissions.

In order to fulfill these challenging requirements, Carmanah provided a custom turnkey stand-alone solar power system. The 5kW system is scheduled to be installed in September 2007.

At 7,000 feet, this site is primarily accessible by helicopter, snowcat or all-terrain vehicle, necessitating a solar power system with a modular, yet easy-to-assemble configuration. The extreme weather conditions at this location also factored into the system's design.

To help protect the rechargable batteries and air-monitoring equipment from the extreme tempuratures typical of this remote location, two Zomeworks Cool Cell™ temperature regulating enclosures were integrated directly into the design. Cool Cell enclosures provide air-to-water heat exchange with passive, reliable temperature regulation. One Cool Cell enclosure regulates the temperature of the system's sealed, maintenance-free absorbed glass mat batteries, and the other regulates the system's air-monitoring sampling device.

In addition to projects such as this, Carmanah's integrated, turnkey solar power systems can support a variety of remote equipment applications:

  • Video surveillance
  • Security lighting
  • Remote communications
  • Perimeter security
  • Water resource security
  • Construction sites
  • Motion sensors
  • Emergency calls

For more information on Carmanah's solar electric systems, visit or call toll-free at 1-877-722-8877.

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About Carmanah Technologies Corporation

Carmanah is an award-winning manufacturer specializing in energy-efficient technologies. The Company is currently focused on three technology groups: solar power systems & equipment, solar-powered LED lighting and LED-illuminated signage.

Carmanah is headquartered in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada and has branch offices and/or sales representation in 11 cities across Canada, the United States and the United Kingdom. With more than 250,000 installations worldwide, Carmanah is one of the world's premier suppliers of energy-efficient products.

The shares of Carmanah Technologies Corporation are publicly traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol "CMH" and on the Berlin and Frankfurt Stock Exchanges under the symbol "QCX". For more information, please visit