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NYIT gets smart with grant for energy lab

New York Institute of Technology to build a lab that will be used both as a classroom for its students and as the setting for instructional videos and workshops

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To promote smart home technologies and teach the latest energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies, the New York Institute of Technology (NYIT) Vancouver campus will use a grant it has received from BC Housing to build an energy management lab.

“It is our first external grant at the Vancouver campus, so it is great in terms of recognition,” says School of Engineering and Computing Sciences associate professor Remi Charron, who was granted the $40,000 in funding. “It will ensure that students in our new master of science in energy management program learn on the latest technologies and get hands-on experience while giving us an opportunity to also educate the general public.”

In addition to being used as a classroom for students, Charron says the lab will appear in a series of short instructional videos targeting local builders and consumers. The videos will explain the basics of five key emerging technologies: solar electric systems, battery backup systems, heat pump systems, Internet of Things smart home devices and energy monitoring devices.

“Once the videos are up, we will be offering a series of evening workshops that will expand what we cover in the videos,” says Charron. “This will allow those who watched the videos to learn more.” Charron says he hopes to have the lab, which will be built at NYIT’s West Georgia Street location, up and running by the end of the year.

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