Former Liberal Cabinet Minister Kent Hehr was at SAIT on Wednesday to announce a $385, 500 donation to the institution, which will be used to purchase equipment and support resources needed to demonstrate micro-combined heat and power technology (micro-CHP) in Canadian homes.
The funding comes from Western Economic Diversification Canada, and SAIT will be partnering with ATCO Gas and Brookfield Residential on the project.
The process of energy generation creates excess heat which is usually wasted, but with the new micro-CHP technology, this surplus energy will be diverted into other applications like heating homes or hot water tanks. The technology will also allow home owners to generate power on site, relying less on the electrical grid, and overall reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
Just as well, SAIT students will oversee the design and construction of an affordable and operational net zero home in Western Canada, using clean technology in the residential natural gas sector.