What does QSDT do?
The Queen's Solar Design Team aims to provide both hands-on-experience and education to students interested in sustainable technology development. Since 2011, the team has shifted its focus from building solar vehicles to designing and engineering a fully off-grid, autonomous house named the Queen's Solar Education Centre (QSEC), located on our campus!
Today, the QSEC is fully constructed and the team now works to integrate and optimize new sustainable technologies into the house. These projects include an innovative 2-tank heat management system, a rainwater-to-domestic water system, radiant floor heating, and more, along with the development of new projects every year.
What is an autonomous home?
An autonomous home is constructed to operate entirely independently of infrastructural support. It is bill-free, with no reliance on municipal water supply, sewer, gas, electrical power grid, or similar utility services. In other words, it produces enough energy from its immediate environment to support its own functional needs.
There are very few truly autonomous homes in existence, and ours aims to be one of them by August 2021!
Education for everyone.
We host workshops and tours for all ages! Current systems at the house include:
Photo-Voltaic solar panels
Solar Thermal Collectors
Rainwater Collection system
Greywater Recycling system
Radiant Floor Heating
Live-Data Collection system
Our team uses the solar house (QSEC) for three functions:
The house serves as a research hub for undergrad and graduate engineering students to test a variety of green technologies under the supervision of Dr. Harrison. It is home to a number of academic theses.
Allow students to gain hands-on experience with engineering,
management, and green
technologies. We are always implementing new technologies to function in a way that yields net-zero energy intake.
Every year, QSDT hosts educational workshops and tours in partnership with local organizations, for the community to learn about renewable energy and sustainable living.
To be Kingston’s cutting-edge hub for resource efficiency research, student and community education, and sustainable living demonstrations.
By August 2021, the QSEC aims to contribute to defining a new standard for sustainable living by successfully housing two students for 24 hours.