Wetaskiwin resident and his Red Deer Polytechnic team 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. The team, made up of former Red Deer Polytechnic students Carson West, Nathan Crombie and Wetaskiwin resident Kyle Victor, have been nominated for the prestigious Capstone Project of the Year Award for their design of a pneumatic air-cleaner.
New Okotokian recognized for hurricane-resistant roof project
John Burt has only lived in Okotoks for two months, but is already generating good press for the community. A recent graduate of the Lethbridge College civil engineering technologies program, Burt is part of a team which researched the best possible roof truss to top plate connection method - work which has garnered two former students a finalist spot for the Association of Science and Engineering Technology Professionals of Alberta's (ASET) Capstone Project of the Year.
Quesnel grad helps invent new life alert system
Brandon Lindsay, a Quesnel Secondary Grad and former NAIT student, along with two other former NAIT students created a new life alert system. It’s called the Lassie 2.0, which can be activated by a service dog in the event of an emergency. The system only has three components, being a wearable device with a large button, a vest worn by the service dog and a mobile app.