Rackam is Granted Funding From the Technoclimat Government Program
Sherbrooke-based company Rackam recently obtained almost $400,000 in financial aid from the Ministère de l’Énergie et des Ressources naturelles du Québecfor a hybrid power plant project on one of the campuses of the Université du Québec à Chicoutimi.
The funding was granted through the Technoclimat Program, which aims to reduce GHG emissions and foster the development of new energy efficiency and emerging energy technologies.
Thanks to a facility developed in collaboration with the federal research lab CanmetEnergy in Varennes, the university’s Alouette pavilion in Sept-Îles will be air-conditioned and heated with solar and geothermal energy.
A world premiere, the new plant will produce cold using solar energy, thanks to an innovative thermally activated ejector-compression system.
Another unique feature of the project: the geothermal wells will be reheated and thus “recharged” through a glycoled water circuit heated by the ejector-compressor’s condenser.
The building’s roof is equipped with a solar concentration system covering 214 m2and composed of 15 rows of S10 parabolic trough collectors manufactured by Rackam. The plant will be operational as of January 2016.