In 2006, Cape Jourimain Nature Centre, at the foot of the Confederation Bridge, installed a 1.2 × 2.4 m (4 × 8′) solar panel (Thermo Dynamics Ltd.) to preheat some of the hot water needed for the restaurant.
- In order to reduce the amount of electricity used to heat water for the kitchen, a solar hot water panel pre-heats the water used in the kitchen whenever the sun shines.
- The system started operating in May, 2006, and we would need a few more panels to cover the entire hot water needs for the kitchen!
- A closed loop of glycol absorbs the heat from the sun, moves it into the building and transfers it to the water inside a solar boiler and into a supplementary tank that sits next to the conventional water heater.
- The conventional heater draws the preheated water and if necessary increases the temperature before sending it out to the taps and the dishwasher.