Applied Research

Designing and Prototyping of Integrated landscape Structures and Garden Features with Photovoltaic (PV) Systems

New England Arbors

Challenge/Opportunity:

Canada’s use of solar energy has increased in recent years, although it remains relatively small in terms of market penetration. From 2008-2014 there was a significant growth of installed capacity for solar photovoltaic power, with 2014 reaching 1,843 megawatts of installed capacity. It is expected that more Canadian’s will be drawn to renewable sources of energy, like solar power, to provide there electrical needs. With the increase in convention energy prices, and the recent introduction of carbon tax, electricity is expected to increase by 13-15%, more consumers will be looking for inexpensive ways to power their seasonal inclinations like Christmas lights and backyard/patio lighting.

Solution/Collaboration:

New England Arbors’ proposed project is to incorporate a solar energy system into their landscape structure/s and garden feature/s used for either shaded walkway, passageway, or sitting area. The Photovoltaic (PV) systems would provide the end user with easy plug’n play energy that is both free of exposed wireless, complex installations and considered green/clean energy. The end product is intended to expand their product line with a unique product, while keeping consistent with their low maintenance and effortless installation approach. With this new product, the proposed project anticipates an increase in sales by 15% and an introduction into a new market for the industrial partner: Green energy for outdoor garden structures.


Funder: NSERC - ARD
Researcher: Firoz Ahmed
Area: Renewable Energy Conversion & Storage

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