The ‘Solar Compass’ demonstration project to continue as a learning center for Solar Earth Technologies
August 18, 2022– (Vancouver/ Unceded Territories of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh Nations) – Solar Earth Technologies Ltd. (“Solar Earth”) is pleased to announce it is upgrading the Thompson Rivers University (TRU) “Solar = Compass”, a demonstration project that has been a testing and learning site for Solar Earth, TRU researchers and students
(Solar Earth), a manufacturer of hardened solar power panels that transform sidewalks, parking lots and other elements of everyday infrastructure into a new source of solar energy, will upgrade the Solar Compass with its latest generation of hardened panels, which are more efficient and can withstand up to 5,000 kg of weight.
The company wants to thank TRU and Dr. Michael Mehta, a Professor in the Department of Environment, Culture, and Society, for the ongoing collaboration that began five years ago as Solar Earth looked for a research institution to test its new form of solar power.
“Our collaboration with Thompson Rivers University, Dr. Mehta and his students helped us innovate Solar Earth panels to the stage where they can now be commercialized and placed on sidewalks, plazas, parking lots and other hardened surfaces, turning everyday infrastructure into a source of renewable, fossil-fuel-free energy,” said Solar Earth CEO Douglas Matthews. Solar Earth is currently working with TRU on the design and timing of the upgrade of the Solar Compass, which has been operating for more than five years through a wide range of weather conditions, ranging from -40C in the winter to +49C in summer.
“We installed Solar Earth at TRU to put it through some of the toughest conditions we could find,” said Dr. Michael Mehta. “It has allowed us to study the use of this new form of solar, where photovoltaic cells are embedded into panels with a proprietary encapsulation that make this the world’s toughest solar.”
Solar Earth has now installed more than a dozen projects globally, including those at Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops, Stellenbosch University in South Africa, Daxing Green Village in Beijing, China, and the City of Tampa in Florida that all generate clean electricity. The company has more than 50 projects in development and is seeing increased market demand to transform existing infrastructure into a clean-energy source.