60 W Photovoltaic Panel at Cape Jourimain

60 W photovoltaic panel and fountain

In 2006, Cape Jourimain Nature Centre, at the foot of the Confederation Bridge, installed a small photovoltaic panel to run the water pump for a demonstration water fountain.

  • Cape Jourimain’s 60 W photovoltaic panel generates electricity when the sun is out.
  • The current flows in one direction (like a battery) and thus the electricity generated is termed direct current (DC).
  • There is no battery to store electricity. Even minor shading will cut the circuit and stop the pump from running.

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10 kW Wind Turbine at Cape Jourimain

10 kW Bergey wind turbine

Since the fall of 2008, Cape Jourimain Nature Centre, at the foot of the Confederation Bridge, has been served by a 10 kW Bergey wind turbine (net-metered).

  • As the wind speed increases, the turbine output increases and the amount of power purchased from the utility is proportionately decreased.
  • When the turbine output is more than the Centre needs, the extra electricity is fed into the grid (net-metered).
  • The power bill at the end of the month is based on the net difference between the amount of energy used by the facility and the excess amount produced by the wind.
  • We estimate that the turbine will cover between 10–15% of the facility’s electricity requirements.

Cape Jourimain also uses a solar panel to heat some of the hot water needed in its restaurant, has an extensive system of composting toilets, uses rainwater for hand washing, use geothermal heat for heating in the winter and cooling in the summer, and has a small photovoltaic panel that generates electricity for a water fountain.

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