- An automated station with parabolic collectors on the roof of the property management building to heat water for the UdeS’s central boiler
The project, which will save the equivalent of 6850 m³ of natural gas per year, has benefited from the support of Sherbrooke Innopole through its program to validate pilot technological innovations Validation d’innovation technologique à l’essai (VITE). Funding in the amount of $10 000 will go toward the development and optimization of remote control and management of the smart thermal power plant developed by Rackam.
Michel Parent, Université de Sherbrooke, Jacques-Alexandre Fortin, Rackam, Josée Fortin and Myriam Bélisle, Sherbrooke Innopole
“In the era of the Internet of Things, data collection and analysis, remote monitoring of equipment, and even their automation, are components that are increasingly important to incorporate in any project,” emphasized Myriam Bélisle, Director, Business Services – Cleantech at Sherbrooke Innopole. We are pleased to support Rackam’s smart thermal solar plant project at the Université de Sherbrooke through our VITE program. In addition to providing this local company with a very visible showcase, the project will strengthen Sherbrooke’s position and expertise in the solar sector, with the hope that its reach will potentially attract new players to this value chain.”
Rackam already has a dozen such installations elsewhere in the world (Brazil, Spain, Greece, Portugal, Morocco, the United States, China, and soon Mexico).
Jacques-Alexandre Fortin, Rackam’s Vice-President, is delighted to be a part of the project developed here in Sherbrooke: “This installation will serve as a strategic showcase for international clients visiting our offices, enabling us to better export our solar concentration technology to the American and Southern European markets. In addition, the UdeS and Sherbrooke Innopole are partners of choice to develop this project in our city, and to further both the research and development of our expertise. We are convinced that our facilities will advance research in the area of industrial concentrated solar heat so that Sherbrooke becomes a world leader in the domain.”
The VITE marketing assistance program provides Sherbrooke companies with the opportunity to demonstrate their innovation in the field by partnering them with a local public, para-public, or institutional organization, with technical and financial support from Sherbrooke Innopole.
- A research station in the ACELP Innovation Park to test technologies related to thermal storage and the use of the solar energy thus stored
These projects will be incorporated into the vast solar park that the UdeS currently operates.