posted on 7:18 PM, July 6, 2016
Project Leader: Ted Spearin
The study will determine the technical and economic feasibility of using a solar wall renewable energy source on commercial buildings in the interior of BC to decrease fossil fuel consumption. Healthcare facilities constitute the largest commercial building sector in BC. All air used for hospital ventilation needs to be 100% outside air and must be heated to 25 degrees Celcius, a process that uses fossil fuels such as natural gas, propane or fuel oil. The heated, conditioned air is then 100% exhausted to atmosphere. If solar walls are found to be feasible, they could be used to preheat hospital air with a renewable energy source.