University of Calgary

Backyard wind turbines and solar panels the focus of new renewable energy research chair

Submitted by darmstro on Thu, 2011-09-29 09:43.

Sept. 29, 2011

Imagine backyards transformed into mini power stations and houses on every street equipped with solar panels. The University of Calgary will announce the creation of the NSERC/ENMAX Industrial Research Chair in Renewable Energy to help implement renewable energy technologies at the household level.

This research chair is made possible with funding from ENMAX Corporation and the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC).

David Wood, professor at the Schulich School of Engineering, will use a wind tunnel to study wind loads on solar photovoltaic panels. He will also explore the potential for using small wind turbines in Calgary by measuring wind speeds at various heights using instruments attached to a 50-metre mast.

What: NSERC/ENMAX Industrial Research Chair in Renewable Energy WHEN Friday, September 30, 2011, 8:30 – 9:30 a.m.

Where: ENMAX Conservatory, Calgary Zoo

Interviews: David Wood, NSERC/ENMAX Industrial Research Chair in Renewable Energy, Schulich School of Engineering

For more information:
Jennifer Sowa, Media Relations Schulich School of Engineering
Mobile: 403.993.8679
Email: jsowa@ucalgary.ca

Doris Kaufmann, Senior Media Relations Advisor ENMAX Corporation
Mobile: 403.689.6150
Email: mediaroom@enmax.com