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Creating Crisp, Clean, and Free Solar Power at NLC

Posted on May 22, 2019
Creating Crisp, Clean, and Free Solar Power at NLC

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 May 22, 2019

Slave Lake, AB



Creating Crisp, Clean, and Free Solar Power at NLC

NLC Electrical instructor Martin Engler brings his passion for alternative energy into his classroom, inspiring students to look beyond the conventional. As a classroom project, Electrical students Kurtis Lunty and David Douillard built a portable, four-panel solar array capable of converting abundant Alberta sunlight into 1064 watts of electrical power. This power charges the batteries on a 2200-volt amp, battery-based solar system, which would be ideal for providing the electrical supply for a small cabin.

Engler included the class project to provide students the experience of working with electrical materials commonly used in northern Alberta’s industrial settings. “It involves a lot of precision cutting, and provides practice using the tools required for such materials.” Engler explains that the portable solar array feeds a two-sided panel, which includes both battery-based and grid-tie systems. Battery-based systems are standalone solar systems suitable for off-grid dwellings. The grid-tie option, including both string inverter and micro inverter systems, is suitable for residential use.

Pre-Employment Electrical student Kurtis Lunty is from Forestburg, Alberta. He found his way to NLC because it is one of the few Alberta colleges offering the Pre-Employment Electrical program. David Douillard of Slave Lake is a First Period Electrical student and employed by an Edmonton-based electrical company. They both appreciate the small class sizes, which provide a lot of one-to-one time with instructors.

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