seneca college - Centre for Innovation, Technology and Entrepreneurship (CITE)
PHOTOVOLTAIC CURTAIN WALL
The newly built Center for Innovation, Technology & Entrepreneurship (CITE) at Seneca College already integrates our transparent photovoltaic solar glass into one of its façades.
FEASIBILITY STUDY OF AMORPHOUS SILICON PHOTOVOLTAIC CURTAIN WALL IN ONTARIO
Reduction in HVAC energy demands
Internal Rate of Return
- Total Area - 47,4 M2
- Electricity generated in 35 years - 34,570 kWh
- Total lighting points operating 4 hours per day in 35 years - 6,870 lighting points
- CO2 emmisions avoided in 35 years - 23 Tons of CO2
- Barrels of oil saved in 35 years - 20 barrels per m2
The 47,4-m2 (510-sf) curtain wall is part of the building’s southwest-facing façade. It comprises 18 PV glass panels, incorporating our amorphous silicon (a-Si) technology, and medium transparency, so building occupants can see through the thermally and acoustically insulated glass units (IGUs) as though they were merely shaded to filter out infrared (IR) and ultraviolet (UV) radiation.
Approved by Underwriters Laboratories Canada (ULC) and Ontario’s Electrical Safety Authority (ESA), the feature glass will generate clean, free electricity sufficient to power 6,870 light points in operation for 35 years.
This installation with 1,29 KWp will generate 34,570 Kwh for 35 years and prevent the emission of 23 tons of CO2 into the atmosphere.
The five-story building—with three stories of academic spaces and two for administrative offices—is the largest construction project in Seneca’s history. As such, it is also a major component of the college’s vision for its immediate and long-term future.
Design and construction began in 2016 for the $100-million CITE, which was completed by the end of 2018. Perkins + Will Architects Canada were the prime consultants for and designers of the building, while Smith + Andersen served as mechanical and electrical engineers, Jones Christoffersen (RJC) was the structural engineering consultant and WSP was the civil engineering consultant.
Seneca is now seeking LEED Gold certification for CITE, based on such elements as a demand-controlled HVAC system (which uses much less energy than a traditional system), using the rainwater for irrigation and, of course, the solar photovoltaic installations energy.