The OSITF will be a unique facility that will be used to perform medium to long term (12~18 months) testing and evaluation of inverters used in solar photovoltaic (PV) applications. It will provide additional education and research infrastructure that will strengthen knowledge and expertise in the renewable energy field at St. Lawrence College. In addition, it will form part of the expanding research capabilities at St. Lawrence College which will allow for new collaborative development opportunities with industrial partners.
The facility is unique in Canada, serving our renewable energy industry in partnership with the Canadian Standards Association and a variety of manufacturers. It is an impressive step forward for the college’s programming in Energy Systems Engineering Technology, Control Engineering Technology, and others.
The project is fully funded by the Canadian Foundation for Innovation (CFI) and the Ontario Research Fund (ORF). A number of industry partners are also making contributions to the project.
This facility will be constructed on the northwest field of the Kingston campus of St. Lawrence College. Preliminary construction tasks are expected to occur in 2015. Staff and students of the Sustainable Energy Applied Research Centre (SEARC) at St. Lawrence College are involved in every aspect of the project.
Inverters designed for outdoor installation will be tested in a “real world” setting where they will be fully exposed to the climatic conditions encountered in the eastern Ontario region.