Rackam and leprohon Team Up for a Solar Power Station Project
Two Sherbrooke businesses, Rackam and leprohon, have joined forces with the federal research centre CanmetENERGY in Varennes to develop and install an innovative solar station capable of providing heating and air conditioning.
The station will feature the ejector-compression technology developed by CanmetENERGY, which operates under Natural Resources Canada. This system, once it is triggered by solar energy, activates the cooling circuit providing air conditioning.
leprohon will act as the main contractor for the project and install the systems, while Rackam will design and manufacture the solar concentration field of parabolic troughs.
This will be Rackam’s second collaboration with the CanmetENERGY lab in Varennes: their solar heating and air conditioning technology was used for the first time at the Sept-Îles campus of the Université du Québec à Chicoutimi.
In addition to meeting part of the building’s heating and air conditioning needs, the facility will be the subject of research initiatives to improve its performance. The Université de Sherbrooke will take part in these initiatives with the support of the Bio-industries environnementales ACCORD cluster (CABIE – environmental bio-industry cluster).
The solar station should be operational by the end of summer 2016. It will then become a technological showcase for Rackam.