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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

Shanxi team visits SET in clean room at SFU

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

Photo of Daniel NansonSolar 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.

Watch the video below..

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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

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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.

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Solar Compass at TRU

In October 2017 Thompson Rivers University and Solar Earth Technologies installed the “Solar Compass” outside of the Arts and Education building on TRU campus.


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SET Delivered First Solar Road in North America

3 men standing on solar sidewalk at TRU

(By Yong Zhao July 31, 2017)
In July 2017, Solar Earth Technologies (SET) teams with Thompson Rivers University (TRU) to launch the North America’s first solar-powered sidewalk installed at TRU. The 16 solar panels produced and donated by Solar Earth Technologies now has been installed on a 40-foot stretch of sidewalk on the campus. The two-phased Solar Compass solar roadway project on the campus will showcase SET’s Amber-I technology and promote the sustainability initiative and smart road concept.
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Trial Site for China's First Operational Solar Road

(By Yong Zhao June 05, 2017)
In May 2017, SET’s 100% subsidiary, Chongqing DaoNeng Technologies, has successfully delivered a solar sidewalk in Beijing, China, in collaboration with Beijing Hua Sheng Xing Science and Technologies and Chongqing Jiaotong University. The launch of this trial site represents China’s first operational Solar Road. The pavement of this solar sidewalk used SET’s Amber-I technology.

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SET Meets TRU Solar Compass Team and Visits Site

Junbiao Zhang

(By Yong Zhao April 11, 2016)
SET executives meet TRU Compass Team on TRU campus. Dr. Michael Mehta, the project manager, introduces the team to SET and the both sides are enthusiastic and passionate for launching the Solar Compass Project. SET CEO, Junbiao Zhang, updates the products readiness status and conducts a site survey. Both sides have a thorough discussion about the issues on engineering, construction, safety and logistics etc.

Solar Compass Project Moves Ahead

(By Yong Zhao March 06, 2016)
Thompson Rivers University (TRU) will soon showcase a transformative new “solar roadway” technology so new that it may be the first in Canada. The Solar Compass project will receive sufficient funding from the TRU Sustainability Grant Fund and their project will now go ahead. Solar Earth Technologies (SET) provides the underlying technology and the product modules used in the Solar Compass project. SET will donate the solar modules for the pilot project at TRU and provide ongoing consultation on installation and maintenance. The company has also partnered with the School of Engineering at UBC Okanagan for engineering trials.

SET Launches Tests and Campus Trial with UBCO
A New Milestone

 (By Yong Zhao December 04, 2015)
SET CEO Jason Wang meets Dr. Liwei Wang and his Capstone Project team of UBC School of Engineering in Okanagan. According to an agreement entered by SET and UBC Okanagan, the Capstone team will conduct systematic lab tests on the mechanical and electric performances of SET’s Solar Sidewalk product line, and build an actual demo system that connects a solar sidewalk segment to an inverter.

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SET Visits TRU Campus in Kamloops

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(By Yong Zhao December 04, 2015 )
SET CEO Jason Wang and Dr. Michael D. Mehta, leader of TRU (Thompson Rivers University) Solar Compass project, in front of the Arts and Education (AE) Building. The Solar Compass project would expand TRU’s solar presence by incorporating SET’s solar roads technology and components to renovate the plaza in front of the AE Building [N 50 40.269, W 120 21.884] and produce about 10 KW solar power for the AE Building. The project, once accomplished, would be Canada’s first solar road in practical use that verifies the engineering maturity of SET’s Solar Sidewalk product line. The TRU Solar Compass project is expected to last through 2016.3 – 2017.2.

SET in Partnership with UBCO on R&D Funding Applications

Aerial view of Okanagan Lake toward bridge

(By Yong Zhao September 25, 2015)
SET (Solar Earth Technologies) has entered a strategic partnership with School of Engineering of UBC Okanagan Campus on research and innovation for Solar-Powered Roadways and Electric Vehicles initiative. In a recent meeting held on the Campus both parties agreed to provide mutual support to each party’s effort on funding applications, including SDTC, ICE and NSERC etc. Key areas and topics of investigation, milestones, and timelines were discussed and determined. A capstone project is also designed to build and operate Canada’s first solar sidewalk in the UBCO campus.

SET Invites City of Kelowna to Participate in Sidewalk Pilot

Aerial view of Okanagan Lake toward bridge

(By Yong Zhao September 18, 2015)
SET CEO Jason Wang visited City of Kelowna to introduce the innovative solar sidewalk that the company is developing in Kelowna in partnership with UBCO and FortisBC, and invited the city to join its pilot run. 

SET CEO Jason Wang meets with BC Ministry of Tech and UBCO

(By Yong Zhoa July 7, 2015)
Arranged by BC Ministry of Technology, Innovation & Citizens’ Services, SET CEO Jason Wang and VP Yong Zhao met with professors from the School of Engineering at UBC Okanagan Campus, on July 7, 2015.  UBCO researchers and SET explored the potential to work together to tackle the scientific/engineering challenges in the following four areas:  1. New design of optic layer with mechanical and optical characteristics that meet the requirements of solar roads. 2. New semiconductor materials for PV layer of solar roads to have a wide spectrum of weather/radiation adaption. 3. Novel mechanisms for high-efficiency EV charging in motion. 4. Solar road system design, civil engineering, and integration to grid infrastructure.  UBCO and SET will work together to apply for funding at all levels in order to finance the research works.