February 29, 2020
VANCOUVER, Feb. 21, 2020 – Solar Adventure Ltd, a startup in incubation at Empowered Startups, has initiated a solar research project with the University of British Columbia’s (UBC) School of Engineering located on the Okanagan campus. The purpose of this research project is to develop form-compliant solar modules that can be fabricated onto any type of underlying structure and still convert the Sun’s rays into useable electricity. When realized, Solar Adventure envisions that their products will find use in the commercial, industrial, and residential sectors. The two-year research project is being partially supported through a $90,000 Mitacs Accelerate grant.
About the Solar Adventure / UBC partnership
Ms. Thi Xuan Bui, CEO of Solar Adventure Ltd, has identified solar energy as a sustainable means to supply future energy demands. She has noted that there are many places in which traditional rooftop solar systems are inadequate and ineffective, such as in the increasingly urban developing world. In order to further the interests of a solar future, Ms. Bui has committed Solar Adventure Ltd. to develop a new generation of solar products that are form-compliant with whatever underlying structure that is available. Initially, Solar Adventure is developing solar blinds that can be easily installed on any window with other form-compliant solar products in the pipeline for development.
“I believe that the cooperation with researchers from the University of British Columbia’s School of Engineering, aided with funding from Mitacs, will help to turn scientific ideas into real solar products” – Thi Xuan Bui, CEO of Solar Adventure
The Okanagan campus of the University of British Columbia has identified collaborating and forging links with local BC-based companies as being a key priority. A doctoral student will be conducting this research under the guidance of Dr. Stephen K. O’Leary. As a researcher, Dr. O’Leary has found that such collaborations have provided him, and the other members of his group, with new perspectives and alternate points of view. This has led to greater research productivity and increased innovation. Accordingly, the members of Dr. O’Leary’s group look forward to the opportunities that they will explore with Solar Adventure Ltd. The opportunity to explore fundamentals within the scope of an important applied industrial problem, such as the ones being offered by Solar Adventure Ltd., will further contribute to Canada’s economic vitality and help it remain a global center for scientific and technological innovation.
“The problems tackled by Solar Adventure Ltd. offer bountiful opportunities for scientific and technological advances within the scope of applied industrial problems. The members of my group look forward to navigating through these previously unexplored solar opportunities.” – Stephen O’Leary, Professor of Engineering, UBC – Okanagan Campus
Research will increase the potential for solar generation without prohibitive space requirements
Renewable power capacity is set to expand by 50% between 2019 and 2024, led by solar photovoltaic (PV) energy. This increase of 1200 GW is equivalent to the total installed power capacity of the United States today. Solar PV alone accounts for almost 60% of the expected growth.
The success of this research project will help to fill the gaps of the renewable energy supply that current solutions are leaving behind. The most popular solution to the current consumer and commercial needs is the traditional solar system installed on the roof. The biggest drawback of such a system is that it is not applicable to buildings or houses with limited roof area, especially high-rise buildings, where there is only a small amount of roof compared to the total area of the building. Smart solar blinds, and other form-compliant solar products, will create new opportunities for solar generation through windows or glass walls.
About Solar Adventure Ltd.
Founded in 2019, with a mission to support the global movement towards alternative and sustainable energy use, Solar Adventure Ltd. develops solar technologies for densely populated urban areas. Its initial product in development, the 3 in 1 smart blind, is a vertical photovoltaic system for high-rise buildings that does not require expensive alterations to a building’s façade.
CEO: Thi Xuan Bui
Address: 420-744 West Hastings Street, Vancouver, BC, V6C 1A5, Canada