Solar Earth Technologies Engages BC Research Community at PCAMM 2018

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Solar Earth participated in the 23rd annual Pacific Centre for Advanced Materials and Microstructures (PCAMM) meeting was held on December 8th , 2020 at Simon Fraser University. This assembly offers a venue for the presentation of state-of-the-art research into material science and nanotechnology. 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 Pilot Projects Gain Strong Government Support in China

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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”.

1 https://futurism.com/china-new-world-leader-renewable-energy 
2 http://ieefa.org/ieefa-report-china-continues-position-global-clean-energy-dominance-2017/
3 https://www.insidethegames.biz/articles/1063209/beijing-2022-set-up-environmental-initiatives

Research Partner at SFU Receives Government Funding For Clean Tech Projects

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2 Solar Earth Prototypes showcased at SFU

 

Photo left: Dr. Michael Adachi (Asst Professor, School of Engineering Science, SFU), Terry Beech (Parlimentary Secretary to Minister of Transport and MP Burnaby North-Seymour), Dr. Michael Whitwick (Research Manager, Solar Earth Technologies) and Joy Johnson (VP Research and International, SFU) standing on Solar Earth Technologies’ solar panel prototype. Photo right: Dr. Adachi and Dr. Whitwick display 2 prototypes developed for Solar Earth Technologies.

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)

Government of Canada – Investment in solar cell technology at SFU

SET Completes Upgrades on Pilot Installations at Thompson Rivers University

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The upgraded installations: ‘Solar Sidewalk’ (left) and ‘Solar Compass’ at Thompson Rivers University.

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.

Learn more about our installations at TRU 

Solar Earth Technologies Presents at International Smart Roads Forum in Beijing

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Left: SET Managing Director, Brian Johnson, presents at the forum. Right: Our Solar Earth Technologies team at the event.

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

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International delegation at ‘Linking Belt and Road, Bonding Tech and Heart’ forum in Beijing

New Solar Compass Tracks TRU

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Solar Compass
Kamloops, BC

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.