Renewable Energy Projects
Aurea, a start-up that creates wind turbine technologies for small-scale applications, approached Applied Energy Research (AER) to design and build a prototype wind turbine. Aurea is marketing their turbine as the world’s first smart, portable wind turbine for USB device charging while off grid. This technology is ideal for backpackers and adventurers to charge personal, portable electronic devices for convenience and safety.
The AERLab successfully designed and built an early stage working prototype of a tiny portable wind turbine with internal battery storage. The prototype is ready for field testing and optimization for the manufacturing process.
The AERLab Research Microgrid
NSCC's Applied Energy Research built a research microgrid. The lab microgrid uses electricity generated by the college's roof-top solar panels to power appliances in a model kitchen. The kitchen can be disconnected from the grid and run from batteries. NSCC collects data on this system to provide key insights to industry.
The AER team collects and analyzes a variety of realistic energy data based on people's daily activities. With this information, industry and communities can improve upon energy products and systems. An essential research tool, the microgrid tackles some of the issues related to integrating renewable energy resources into the electrical grid.
The microgrid also functions as a smart grid. The AERLab is simultaneously developing software to complement the hardware, which will enable users to interact with the different systems to get the best results.
Thanks to funding from the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA), AER and Solar Global Solutions (SGS) collaborated to build a deployable microgrid. Solar Global Solutions has deployed their first model microgrid at the NSCC Ivany Campus where faculty and students are gathering data and determining information such as: functionality, efficiency, energy generation capabilities, and fuel-cost comparisons. With a common goal, SGS and AER are working together to facilitate export of deployable microgrids to regions without reliable electricity access.