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Beijing Olympics sport innovative Canadian building system

An innovative Canadian renewable energy technology was used on one of the buildings in the Athletes Village in Beij...


An innovative Canadian renewable energy technology was used on one of the buildings in the Athletes Village in Beijing. <br>
The SolarWall thermal system has been around for more than a decade, but the latest development is a hybrid system. It combines thermal air heating using a metal cladding wall system, with photovoltaics to produce electricity.<br>
The hybrid system was installed on the roof of a health care clinic for the athletes. By generating both electricity and heat energy from the same surface area, the system generates 200-300% more energy than a conventional PV system. <br>
As an added benefit the SolarWall panels also cool the PV modules by removing the heat and channelling it into the facility’s traditional heating system. <br>
Conserval Engineering based in Toronto worked in partnership with Natural Resources Canada and the Olympic Village developer to design and implement the technology, which is still in the demonstration stage. <br>
During the Olympic Games, the US Green Building Council announced that the Athletes Village had won the first LEED Gold Certification under its pilot LEED for Neighbourhood Developments certification program.<br>