Innovation For Tomorrow's Sustainable Infrastructure
Projects by Solar Earth
SOLAR PARKING LOT IN CHONGQING (2018)
This trial is to validate the application of our heavy-load, low-speed technology and design for scenarios such as parking lots.
CHINA’S FIRST 3 IN 1 ELECTRIC ROAD (2018)
Solar Earth’s Amber™ series technology panels were used for the solar road portion of this showcase by the state grid of China – the first of it’s kind in the country. The other integrated technologies include wireless charging and autonomous driving.
SOLAR E-BIKE CHARGING STATION (2018)
This integration and product partnership was achieved through a technology license and co-marketing agreement with Urban Racks, a Vancouver-based bicycle parking and infrastructure company.
Heavy-load, low-speed technology in Daxing, China. This is part of the Green Village project which is supervised and supported by the local government in Beijing. It powers the lights at an adjacent basketball court and 3 e-bike charging stations. As the first such innovation in Beijing, it has attracted wide attention from government offices and the media.
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A light-load, low-speed technology trial installed in the plaza outside of the Arts and Education building on TRU campus in Kamloops, BC. The 64 road modules used to pave the 8 arms were recently upgraded with advanced encapsulation materials in summer of 2018.
A trial installed at TRU in Kamloops with the purpose of testing our solar road technology, the sidewalk in front of TRU childcare was paved with our unique ground-mounted panels. It has been functioning to power the Sustainability Office on campus since it’s completion in August 2017. Click on image to learn more!
CHINA’S FIRST SOLAR ROAD (2017)
Solar Earth paved three segments of a sidewalk in Changping, Beijing to validate our design and product. It forms an off-grid system to store the road-produced electricity and to power the dwellings nearby.
Solar Earth Technologies (SET) was founded in July 2015 in Vancouver Canada by a group of scientists, engineers, energy and roadway experts, and entrepreneurs – each with a successful track record in their respective fields and fueled with passion and vision to make future infrastructures more sustainable and livable.
We develop critical materials, modules, and process know-how for solar roads – an emerging industry sector that paves driveways, walkways, parkways, bike paths, and highways with photovoltaic (PV) materials, thereby transforming road surfaces into a site for dependable, accessible, and affordable clean electricity production and consumption.
Such PV-enabled roadways (solar roads) also makes traditional roadways more efficient, smart, and safe. For countries such as Canada with substantial infrastructure deployed in high latitude areas, solar-powered roadways offer a unique opportunity to improve the quality of road services in cold weathers.
SET is developing a network of research labs to resolve interdisciplinary challenges across materials, pavement engineering, and energy technology.
At Solar Earth we are building hardened solar panels and associated systems for installation into ground mounted arrays. Solar panels that can withstand pedestrian, bicycle or automobile traffic demand a level of protection not typically found in rack-mounted solutions. The hardware and electronic requirements for these systems are also significantly more stringent than conventionally encountered. We have developed, tested and re-developed several novel solutions.
Panels that can be glued to a concrete or asphalt substrate.
Panels that can be installed on top of existing infrastructure without modification.
Hybrid panels that generate both thermal and electrical energy.
Panels that can be used for walkways or patios that include ice melting technology.
Panels systems that are integrated with electric vehicle charging technology.
In addition to these engineered solutions to module-level solar power problems, we are aggressively pursuing cell-level research. Our “G3” program is exploring novel ways to significantly improve the energy density of solar solutions. Some of the progress we are making with this research is at a semiconductor level, and some of it by investigating novel approaches to cell integration techniques.
Solar Earth is “on the road” to expanding the deployment opportunities for solar energy systems at a minimum possible cost per watt.
Products and Solutions
Products and Solutions
At Solar Earth we are building novel solar systems for walkways, driveways, patios, roofs and roadways. Our Amber One™ product line features application-specific modules that are mounted directly on flat concrete, or on an interface layer that provides levelling and cabling functionality. The Solar Stone™ units are surface-mounted on concrete or recycled plastic pavers. The Amber Interface™ layer provides a low-cost mounting solution that is optionally available with a hydronic sub-system used in solar thermal applications. Amber ICE™ modules are available with an electric de-icing capability.
Any system may be bought with or without the balance of system components required to deliver the electric and thermal energy to your home, office, electric vehicle or custom application.
Amber One™ Panels have been installed in Canada, China and the United States. They can be mounted either directly to concrete, asphalt, or on top of the optional Amber Interface™ Layer.
The Amber Interface™ provides top-mounted installation for existing surfaces. Interface panels are built with an integrated pathway for cables and (optionally) hydronic tubing. The Amber Interface™ is available in various depths starting at 25mm.
The Solar Stone™ series is now being released to select partners. They provide an excellent low voltage solution for application on top of contoured (or flat) surfaces. High efficiency (22%) crystalline solar cells deliver system level power output of 130 watts per square meter (under standard test conditions). Solar Stone™ are available with an optional de-icing feature.
The Solar Stone™ is designed for aesthetically pleasing results on uneven terrain.
The Solar Stone™ system can be installed with a selection of traction surfaces. More efficient but more fragile tempered glass surfaces are designed for residential applications. Heavy duty glass-polymer surfaces are recommended for public installations
Solar Earth hybrid systems combine photo-voltaic output with solar thermal and de-icing options.
The Amber X Therm™ Panels produce 200 watts of solar thermal energy for every 100 watts of electricity. Thermal pickup is provided by our hydronic underlay systems.
Amber X Therm™ Panels provide de-icing capability when coupled with the hydronic subsystem. Alternatively, our Amber ICE™ Panels use low voltage power to electrically heat the solar modules.
Solar Earth Named In Top 100 Start-up List at SET2020
Solar Earth Technologies is proud to be named one of the Top 100 at the 2020 SET Awards. More than 570 energy start-ups from 88 countries applied for the #SET Award this year. Learn more and checkout the full #SET100 list below:
New Solar Compass Tracks TRU
SET is pleased to report that our updated Solar Compass installation received positive reviews for its anti-skid surface performance in recent ice and snow conditions on TRU campus in Kamloops, BC. During an informal poll of students conducted during the snowfall, it was revealed that the new panels provided superior traction action to the concrete surrounding the installation. The upgraded modules, installed on TRU campus in late August, were manufactured with a newly developed traction surface to improve surface safety performance.
Solar Earth Technologies Presents at International Smart Roads Forum in Beijing
The Beijing University of Technology recently held its international smart roads forum – “Linking Belt and Road, Bonding Tech and Heart”, where members of our Solar Earth Technologies team were on hand to exchange information and meet with other leaders and experts within the industry. SET Managing Director Brian Johnson was in attendance to deliver his presentation “Technology Innovation for Smart Solar Roads”, which outlined the multidisciplinary challenge of this emerging technology as well as the evolving business models required to ensure solar roads are a profitable and sustainable infrastructure investment.
The event was jointly organized by Beijing University of Technology and Vrije University Amsterdam with the intention to foster cooperation and information exchange within the larger international Intelligent Connected Roads and Smart Cities research and development communities.
“Solar Earth is very excited to have participated in this, what we all hope will be the first of many, annual such gatherings in the coming years. We’d especially like to thank Drs. Susan Tighe and Ningyuan Li from the University of Waterloo for their valuable contributions to the event.” ~ Meng Wang, SET Executive Chairman
Solar Earth China Upgrades Daxing Green Village Installation With The Latest Smart Road Technologies
Our SET China team was once again busy installing our latest smart road technologies at the Daxing Green Village trial site first launched last summer 2018. Additions to the installation include a new road paving section using updated versions of the modules first deployed last year, as well as a variety of our new road-display prototypes. The display modules provide various smart road indicators – including lane line markings, directional arrows, and pedestrian crosswalks. These road-display technologies will play a prominent role in the Daxing Phase 2 project which will focus on Smart Roads. Information and communication systems built into the solution will deliver real time traffic and positional data to autonomous vehicle control systems.
“Thank you to the Beijing Science and Technology Commission for their continued support in the development of these world leading technologies” ~ Yong Chai, CEO SET China
SET Completes Upgrades on Pilot Installations at Thompson Rivers University
Canada’s first solar roads recently received a face-lift when Solar Earth Technologies upgraded both of their pilot installations located at Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops, BC. All 62 modules of the ‘Solar Compass’ and 16 modules of its (slightly older) sister installation, the ‘Solar Sidewalk’, were replaced with updated versions of the Amber™ series modules laid down in 2017. With a more robust encapsulation, these modules will offer increased protection from the variety of environmental stresses, including the potential harm from extreme temperatures and snow removal equipment. The new prototypes have also been outfitted with novel wiring configurations and a transparent traction surface.
“We remain very grateful for the vision and generosity of the Thompson Rivers University community in our joint efforts to develop practical energy solutions for a sustainable future” ~ Brian Johnson, Managing Director
Research Partner at SFU Receives Government Funding For Clean Tech Projects
The Government of Canada recently announced that Simon Fraser University will receive over $500,000 in funding from Western Economic Diversification Canada in support of clean technology projects. This funding will see two major pieces of equipment added to the SFU Engineering Science lab where Solar Earth’s scientists perform much of their collaborative research with the SFU team. The solar cell development project that SET is spearheading with SFU is not just another technological advancement, but a game-changing solution in the emerging solar roads industry.
“The research infrastructure and vast knowledge base of Simon Fraser University are crucial for the success of lean start-up economy-driving companies, like Solar Earth Technologies. I am excited to see support from Western Economic Diversification Canada that will enable access to state-of-the-art facilities. Success in innovative technologies will ensure that Canada remains prosperous while improving the day-to-day lives of its citizens and beyond.” (Dr. Michael Whitwick, SET Research Manager)
SET Pilot Projects Gain Strong Government Support in China
China has become a world leader and major driving force in the renewable energy sector1 with billions of dollars invested in clean energy projects and sustainable energy innovation2. We are proud to acknowledge the financial endorsement of our technologies by Beijing municipal authorities in their further funding of Amber™ pilots in the next phase of its Green Villages development program and during the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic Games – one of the most sustainable Winter Olympics in history3.
Following up on the successful implementation of phase one of the Daxing Sustainable Village project (August 2018), Beijing municipal officials have committed a further 1.35 million RMB to complete phase two in 2019. With the planned trial of Amber™ modules at the newly constructed Olympic speed-skating venue, Solar Earth is grateful for the support and technical endorsement provided by the Beijing Municipal Science and Technology Commission and is very excited to be a part of the city’s unfolding vision for a “new energy economy”.
Solar Earth Technologies Engages BC Research Community at PCAMM 2018
The 23rd annual Pacific Centre for Advanced Materials and Microstructures (PCAMM) meeting was held on December 8th at Simon Fraser University and Solar Earth Technologies was there! This assembly offers a venue for the presentation of state-of-the-art research into material science and nanotechnology, and this year SET researchers gathered with professors, graduate students and other researchers from UBC, UBC-O, UVic and SFU to foster collaborations within the regional community.
“The research and development efforts of Solar Earth are accelerated with the knowledge and ideas gained from speakers, insightful discussions and new or deepened connections within our community”, explained SET research manager, Dr. Whitwick, who was also one of the invited presenters for the event.
SET Appoints Yong Chai To Its Board
Solar Earth Technologies is excited to announce the addition of Yong Chai to our growing board of directors. Yong is the CEO of SET China, having previously served in several leadership roles at Technicolor, Greater China where he successfully delivered innovative product and business development projects with a global scope. A trained telecommunications engineer, Yong has an excellent background in R&D, customer management, and international business operations. Yong prides himself on being a pioneer in the digital home products and services industry where he can use his skills and experience to help transform inspired ideas into down-to-earth, business realities. “We’re very happy to have Yong’s business insights and experience added to the board of our parent company”, says SET board chair, Meng Wang.
Solar Earth Technologies Receives Government of Canada Support
Solar Earth Technologies is pleased to announce that its project proposal, “Enhanced PV for High Load Applications” was approved for funding from the National Research Council of Canada Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC IRAP). This conditional funding will help accelerate the commercialization of Solar Earth’s innovative ground-based PV modules by adding complementary skills to its Vancouver based R&D team.
“Solar Earth greatly appreciates and thanks the Government of Canada and NRC IRAP for this vital assistance,” says Managing Director, Brian Johnson.
Shanxi Energy & Traffic Investment Co. Visits Solar Earth Labs
Solar Earth Technologies was delighted to host delegates from the Shanxi Energy & Traffic Investment Co., Ltd during their recent technology review tour of North America. With prior stops in New York and San Diego, the Shanxi team toured SET’s Clean-room at SFU and met with our leadership team to discuss areas of possible collaboration. Shanxi Energy & Traffic Investment Co., Ltd. is a wholly state-owned company established by Shanxi Provincial Party Committee and Provincial Government for the purpose of promoting railway construction throughout the province. One of the ten largest companies in Shanxi Province (measured by assets), Shanxi E&T owns and operates large business units in transportation, logistics, advanced materials and renewable energy.
“We were very pleased to once again meet with our friends from Shanxi E&T to discuss our many exciting collaboration opportunities” reports SET board chair, Meng Wang.
Daniel Nanson Joins SET Board of Directors
Solar Earth Technologies is pleased to welcome Daniel Nanson to their board of directors. Dan is an experienced financial professional with over a decade of power and utilities experience. Most recently, Dan was the Head of Power & Utilities at MUFG Bank Canada, a subsidiary of Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group (one of the top 5 banks in the world). Previously he was with one of Europe’s leading power companies, Centrica plc, where he was heavily involved in the financing of large scale renewable energy projects such as rent-a-roof solar and offshore wind turbines in the U.K.. Coupled with this direct industry experience, Dan brings general leadership, corporate finance, and valuable business development expertise. He continues to lead the Cliveden Advisory Group Ltd. where he advises companies looking to raise capital, scale and grow. Dan holds the Canadian CPA (CA) and the UK AMCT designations. We are extremely excited to have Dan join our team!
Solar Earth China Launches Latest Pilot Installation at
Daxing District Green Village
Solar Earth (China) Technologies Ltd., (SET China) is pleased to announce completion of their latest photovoltaic solar pilot project at Daxing Green Village in Beijing. The Mayor of Daxing and 80 other Beijing municipal leaders recently visited the site where SET China demonstrated their cutting-edge, solar-electric paving technology.
The array consists of 40 square meters of ground-mounted solar panels that took the SET team just under 4 weeks to install, test and activate. The electricity generated from the project is being used to power the lights at the basketball courts adjacent to the site. This marks the completion of phase 1 of the Daxing project, with phase 2 set to incorporate integrated electric vehicle (“EV”) charging capabilities.
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SET and SFU Awarded NSERC CRD Grant
Solar Earth Technologies (SET) is excited to announce that our application for NSERC’s Collaborative Research and Development Program (CRD) grant has been approved. This grant, awarded by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), will be employed to fund a three-year research and development collaboration between SET, Simon Fraser University (SFU), and University of British Columbia Okanagan (UBCO). The project will bring together scientists, technicians, professors, a post-doctorial fellow, and graduate and co-op students. This R&D team will continue to build upon SET’s innovations in the area of photovoltaics for ground-based applications and the solar industry in general.
SET Tests Proof of Concept Prototype
On a long and sunny day in June 2018, our Solar Earth Technologies (SET) Vancouver team energetically installed our proof-of-concept prototype of next generation solar cell for some real-world tests. The prototype solar cell was developed at the SET Vancouver lab utilizing SET’s patent-pending photon and power management system. We see consistent, double digit improvement over conventional solar cells in total energy generation over the course of the day, peaking at 30%. We are excited about this milestone. Real-world tests of the prototype solar cell continue to provide valuable lessons that are indispensable in the development of next-generation solar cells.