Concordia University

Background

The John Molson School of Business (JMSB) at Concordia University in Montreal is considered one of the top business schools in Canada. In 2007, plans for the construction of a brand new facility that would house the business school were underway, and the Solar Buildings Network at Concordia proposed the idea of demonstrating a new state-of-the-art hybrid solar technology— SolarWall® PV/Thermal—developed by Conserval Engineering. It combines the award-winning SolarWall® air heating technology with photovoltaic panels in one highly-efficient system. Natural Resources Canada provided funding for the project, and the design and installation commenced in late 2007. Conserval Engineering worked with the Solar Buildings Network on the project, as well as partners Day4 Energy, who custom designed the PV modules, and Sustainable Energy Technologies, who supplied the inverters.Of all the energy produced in Canada, 50% is consumed in buildings (NRCan Technical Report OEE 2952). This emphasizes the importance of building integrated renewable energy systems—like the SolarWall PV/T system— that are able to cost effectively produce multiple forms of clean green energy from the same surface.

Solution

The two architect firms who designed the John Molson School of Business (KPMB and FSA) seamlessly integrated the SolarWall PV/T system into the exterior façade. The final result was an extremely impressive and modern looking solar system that caps the top floors and is clearly visible from the downtown city streets below. The JMSB SolarWall® PV/TTM installation is a 100 kW system, producing 24.5 kW of electricity and over 75 kW of thermal heating.

JohnMolsonConcordia_Y09_SolarWallCaseStudy(PDF)