The Solar Buildings Research Network will be hosted here in Montreal. It is headed by Dr. Andreas Athienitis of Concordia University. The research promises to revolutionize the energy efficiency of our buildings and aid the development of new government policies.
The Network covers four research themes: integration of solar energy systems into buildings, led by Dr. Athienitis; use of solar thermal systems for heating and cooling led by Dr. Stephen Harrison of Queen?s University; solar electricity generation in buildings led by Dr. Liuchen Chang of the University of New Brunswick; and simulation tools for solar building design led by Dr. Ian Beausoleil-Morrison of Natural Resources Canada.
This Network is one of 18 that NSERC supports through its Strategic Network Grants program. This program funds large-scale, complex research proposals that involve multi-sectoral collaborations in targeted areas that will strongly enhance Canada?s economy, society and environment within the next 10 years. The Network will include Hydro-Qu?bec and more than 20 other Canadian industry partners, all with an interest in using solar energy in buildings.
Montreal is also home to one of the key manufacturers of solar panels. That’s ICP Solar Technologies founded in 1988. ICP Solar in involved in the research, development, manufacturing, marketing and sales of leading-edge solar energy products.