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Date:5/3/2013

t-zero), or even to produce more energy than they consume.

Under the directorship of Andreas Athienitis, a professor in Concordia's Department of Building, Civil and Environmental Engineering, SNEBRN is ensuring that engineers obtain the skills they need to become part of Canada's clean energy workforce. "We are now in a period of transformation of buildings, from energy-consuming systems to net energy producers," says Athienitis. "This is helping take our society toward a more sustainable future."

One of the new technologies Athienitis has helped to pioneer is building-integrated photovoltaic thermal systems (BIPV/T). A BIPV/T system produces both electrical and thermal energy. This combination makes it a better energy generator than a standalone photovoltaic system, which converts just solar energy into electricity. A BIPV/T currently helps power and heat Concordia's John Molson School of Business.

"I am delighted that this new funding from NRCan will allow us to help engineers become part of the clean energy workforce that Canada urgently needs," says Athienitis.


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Contact: Clea Desjardins
clea.desjardins@concordia.ca
514-848-242-45068
Concordia University
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