Sustainable Energy Centre of Excellence

Research Facility



Sustainable Energy Centre of Excellence
University of Prince Edward Island
Charlottetown
Prince Edward Island (PE)

The Centre for Sustainable Energy contains infrastructure and equipment for studying energy generation from renewable sources and energy storage.

  • Engineering - Civil, Structural
  • Engineering - Industrial, Mechanical, Electrical
  • Environmental and Earth Sciences
  • Clean Technology
  • Construction (including Building, Civil Engineering, Specialty Trades)
  • Education
  • Energy (Renewable and Fossil)
  • Environmental Technologies and Related Services
  • Ocean Industries
  • Professional and Technical Services (including Legal Services, Architecture, Engineering)

Contacts



Tyler Gallant
tegallant@upei.ca
9028942812
Lead Experimental Engineer

Equipment



9115 Multi-Range Programmable DC Power Supply
BK Precision
Model 9115

  • Provide any volt/amp combination within the rated voltage and current limits
  • Simulate common test conditions for electrical devices (e.g. charging, discharging, varying load).

  • Voltage Range: 0 - 80 V​
  • Current Range: 0 - 60 A
  • Maximum Power: 1200 W

9117 Multi-Range Programmable DC Power Supply
BK Precision
Model 9117

  • Provide any volt/amp combination within the rated voltage and current limits
  • Simulate common test conditions for electrical devices (e.g. charging, discharging, varying load).

  • Voltage Range: 0 - 80 V
  • Current Range: 0 - 120 A
  • Maximum Power: 3000 W


PV Simulator
BK Precision
Model PVS60085MR with MKSASPVS-ND Software

  • Provide any volt/amp combination within the rated voltage and current limits
  • Simulate common test conditions for electrical devices
  • Simulate photovoltaic I-V curves

  • Voltage Range: 0 - 600 V
  • Current Range: 0 - 8.5 A
  • Maximum Power: 3000 W


Stabletemp Muffle Furnace
Cole Parmer Canada Inc.
CBFM518C

  • Uniformly heat materials up to 1000 C
  • Programmable control for heating biological, chemical or material samples at custom rates or profiles

  • Temp Range: 100 - 1000 C
  • Capacity: 1123 cu. in.
  • Temperature Control Accuracy: +/- 1 C
  • Temperature Uniformity: +/- 4 C at 200 C
  • Power Input: 208 / 240 VAC


Compensated Calorimeter
Parr Instrument Company
Model 6100

  • Measure the heat involved in a chemical reaction or process, or heat capacity
  • Applications include measuring specific heat of fuels, caloric content of foods, etc.
  • For users not requiring the highest attainable precision

  • Tests Per Hour: 4 - 8
  • Operator Time Per Test: 6 Minutes
  • Precision Classification: 0.1 - 0.2% Class
  • Jacket: Continuously Compensated
  • Bomb Model: 108


Photovoltaic Solar Array
Hanwha / Enphase
Q-Cell 265 W / M215 Inverters

  • Solar photovoltaic array for research
  • 12 PV panels, each equipped with a microinverter for individualized voltage, current and power measurements

  • 3.2 kW Solar Array


PXI Chassis
National Instruments
PXIe-1078

  • Houses PXI modules and offers timing and synchronization capabilities
  • Compatible with PXI, PXI Express, and PXI hybrid modules for data acquisition and controls

  • Can provide up to 18 slots
  • Both AC and DC power options


PXI Quad-Core Embedded Controller
National Instruments
NI PXIe-8840

  • Embedded controller for PXI systems
  • Processor-intensive, modular instrumentation and data acquisition applications

  • 2.6 GHz Quad-Core Processor
  • Two 10/100/1000BASE-Tx (Gb) Ethernet ports
  • Two USB 3.0 Ports
  • Four USB 2.0 ports
  • Integrated Hard Drive
  • Serial Port


Mulltifunction DAQ
National Instruments
NI PXIe-6363

  • Data acquisition card for analog and digital I/O
  • Counter/Timers for PWM, encoder, frequency
  • Basic data logging and test automation

  • 32 AI, 2MS/s
  • 4AO, 48 DIO, 4 32-bit Counters


PXI Counter/Timer Module
National Instruments
NI PXIe-6612

  • Module applications include: 
    • encoder position measurement
    • event counting
    • period measurement
    • pulse-width measurement
    • pulse generation
    • pulse-train generation
    • frequency measurement

  • Eight 32-bit counter/timers
  • TTL/CMOS-compatible digital I/O


PXI Strain/Bridge Input Module
National Instruments
NI PXIe-4331

  • High-speed input module for:
    •  integrated data acquisition
    •  signal-conditioning for dynamic strain
    •  load/pressure measurements

  • 102.4 kS/s, 24-bit, 8 Channel


CompactRIO Controller
National Instruments
cRIO-9063

  • Embedded controller for advanced control and monitoring applications
  • Chassis for C Series NI Cards

  • 4-Slot Controller
  • 667 MHz Dual-Core CPU
  • 256 MB DRAM
  • 512 MB Storage
  • Zynq-7020 FPGA
  • NI Linux Real-Time OS


C Series Multifunction I/O Module
National Instruments
NI-9381

  • General-Purpose System I/O
  • Supported only in CompactRIO Chassis

  • 8 AI, 8 AO, 4 DIO, 0 V to 5 V
  • Analog circuitry shares a single timing engine.


C Series Temperature Input Module
National Instruments
NI-9213

  • High-density thermocouple input module for higher channel count systems
  • Supported only in CompactRIO Chassis

  • 16-Channel
  • 75 S/s Aggregate
  • +/-78 mV
  • Includes anti-aliasing filters, open-thermocouple detection and cold-junction compensation


C Series Voltage Input Module
National Instruments
NI-9206

  • Differential analog input with four programmable input ranges
  • Ideal for monitoring large fuel cell and battery stacks
  • Measure 16 consecutive cells and remain within 10 V of module COM
  • Supported only in CompactRIO Chassis

  • Voltage Range: +/- 10 V
  • 16-Bit, 32 Channel
  • 60 VDC Isolation
  • Up to 600 VDC channel-to-earth ground isolation


C Series Universal Analog Input Module
National Instruments
NI-9219

  • Multipurpose Testing
  • Measure signals from sensors such as strain gauges, RTDs, thermocouples, load cells, etc.
  • Supported only in CompactRIO Chassis

  • 100 S/s/channel, 4-Channels


Cabled Vantage Pro2 Weather Station
Davis Instruments
6162C

  • Weather station that includes rain collection, temperature and humidity sensors, and anemometer measurements
  •  Applications include weather tracking, resource assessment for wind and water applications, etc.

  • Operating Temperature: -40 to + 65 C
  • Current Draw: 5 mA at 4 to 6 VDC
  • Time Resolution: 1 Minute


Capacitive Wave Height Gauge
Akamina Technologies
AWP-24-3

  • High accuracy water level measurement
  • Unidirectional and multidirectional wave measurement
  • Applications include measuring water wave profiles (frequency, amplitude, etc.) in wave tank

  • Resolution from sub-millimeter to meters
  • Sample rate up to 200 Hz
  • High-level analog output (+/- 5V range)
  • Power consumption: 15 mA at 10 V


Wind Turbine
Nature Power
Nature Power 70500

  • Generate electricity from wind
  • Small-scale wind turbine research

  • Rated for 400 W at 12.5 m/s
  • 12 and 24 VDC Generation
  • Start up wind speed: 7 MPH
  • Includes MPPT


Solar and Atmospheric Measurement Station
Spectrafy
SolarSIM-D2+, SolarSIM-G

  • Small solar tracker mounted with four passive sensors:
    • SolarSIM-D2+, a SolarSIM-G
    • reference pyranometer
    • sun sensor. 
  • Applications include: assessment of solar resource for photovoltaic or solar thermal installations, meteorological monitoring, weather and climate modeling, etc.

  • Measurements include: 
    • Global solar spectral irradiance (280 - 4000 nm)
    • Global horizontal irradiance
    • Direct solar spectral irradiance (280 - 4000 nm)
    • Direct normal irradiance
    • Atmospheric aerosol concentrations (280 - 4000 nm) 
    • Atmospheric ozone concentration
    • Atmospheric precipitable water vapour concentration
    • Ambient temperature, pressure and humidity


Blower Door
The Energy Conservatory
Model 3 w/ DG-1000

Conduct an accurate measurement of the air tightness of a building. Can also be used to measure the airflow between building zones, physically locate air leakages in a building envelope, and test ductwork tightness.

Fan Flow Accuracy: +/- 3%
Maximum Flow in Free Air: 6,300 CFM
Maximum Flow at 50 Pa: 5,400 CFM
Minimum Flow: 11 - 300 CFM
Frame Height: 52-96 inches
Panel Width: 28-40 inches

2017

Mixed Domain Oscilloscope
Tektronix
MDO3024

Independently measure and analyze voltage signals in both the time and frequency domains. This can be useful for identifying noise and testing solutions, as well as characterizing and testing circuits.

Scope Channels: 4 Channel
Bandwish: 200 MHz
Sampling Rate: 2.5 GSPS
Display Memory Depth: 10 Mpts
Calculated Rise Time: 2ns

2017

Date submitted: Wed, Jul 25, 2018 11:01 AM
Date updated: Wed, Jul 25, 2018 11:02 AM

2018-07-25T11:02:31+00:00