Red Deer Polytechnic team with Stettler connection nominated for prestigious award

While solar power has many benefits, one of its biggest issues remains that large panels can lose up to 50 per cent of their efficiency over time if not kept clean of dust and debris. Keeping the panels clean has been an ongoing issue for users and designers alike, and until now has proven to be either costly, manpower intensive or both. A now-graduated team from Red Deer Polytechnic appears to have created a cost-effective solution for the solar panel problem, and there is a Stettler connection. The team, made up of former Red Deer Polytechnic students Carson West, Nathan Crombie and former Stettler resident Kyle Victor, have been nominated for the prestigious Capstone Project of the Year Award for their design of a pneumatic air-cleaner.
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Research leads to finalists for ASET awards

Last month, Hurricane Ian ravaged the state of Florida leaving around 100 people dead. Here in Lethbridge, we also deal with very strong winds on a daily basis. That inspired two former Lethbridge College students to research the sturdiest roof truss to top plate connection methods to prevent extra damage from devastating winds. The former students are now finalists for the ASET Capstone Project of the Year Award. The winners will be announced later this year and students and staff explained how the technology works. This new technology has already been used out in the field and there are plans to continue with it further down the line.
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