|Energy efficiency upgrades and Green building design allow SFU to reduce its energy consumption and carbon emissions. However, renewable energy sources, such as solar and biomass, will be critical in reducing SFU's carbon footprint beyond what is possible from energy efficiency and conservation.
In the summer of 2008, SFU has taken the initiative to put up 54 solar photovoltaic panels on the south face of the Facilities Management Building to convert sunlight to electricity. It is a demonstration project and the purpose is to collect data to determine the efficiency of the solar photovoltaic array.
The panels can generate up to 10 kilowatts of power, and about 10,000 kilowatt hours of electricity annually. On average, a typical household in the Lower Mainland consumes 8,900 kilowatt hours of electricity.
The project allows SFU to offset 250 kg of greenhouse gas annually.
Solar Hot Water
In the summer of 2008, SFU has put up 2 sets of solar collectors on the roof of the Facilities Management Building.
The solar hot water system utilizes the energy from the sunlight to heat the water. It is designed to work with the domestic hot water heater in the building. In the system, a heating fluid (Glycol) is pumped into the solar collectors where it is heated. The heated fluid is then pumped into a heat exchanger where the heat is transferred to the water.