Mitrex, a Canadian manufacturer of solar products and sustainable building materials, has been selected as the exclusive building-integrated photovoltaic (BIPV) supplier for Quebec’s innovative geoLAGOON project.
This news continues from a Nov. 10, 2022 report by Pool & Spa Marketing, accessible here.
Inspired by the famous Blue Lagoon in Iceland, geoLAGOON, a project by developer geoLagon Inc., aims to create self-sufficient, carbon-neutral villages and lagoons heated to 38 C (100 F) year-round, demonstrating the infinite supply of energy from the sun and the earth. The project showcases how renewable energy can provide a technically and financially viable option for the energy transition, which increasingly requires alternatives to hydropower.
geoLAGOON will be built using a patented method incorporating a water bath model with a sealed and insulated sub-tank that stores heat. In this sub-tank, coils will circulate water from the open pond at a controllable rate, keeping the water at a steady 38 C (100 F). The geoLAGOON’s energy ecosystem will be powered by renewable energy sources, including solar energy (31 per cent); shallow geothermal energy (35 per cent); and biomass produced from plant waste (11 per cent). The insulated sub-tank that stores heat will contribute for 23 per cent.
Mitrex was selected as the exclusive supplier for the solar portion of energy generation—the exterior walls and roof of each village house will be clad with a high-performance solar cladding. This solution incorporates BIPV, which will provide the electricity needed to heat the tank and its lagoon without compromising the buildings’ esthetics. On average, every m2 (sf) of Mitrex material produces an impressive 13 to 18 W of energy, demonstrating the high performance and value of Mitrex’s energy solution.
“Mitrex is proud to be the exclusive supplier of solar energy generation for the innovative carbon-neutral geoLAGOON project. Our high-performing solar cladding technology will not only provide the electricity needed to heat the lagoon and tank, but it will also enhance the visual appeal of the buildings,” says Danial Hadizadeh, Mitrex CEO. “The project is a testament to how renewable energy can be a practical and financially viable option for the energy transition, and we at Mitrex are excited to be a part of it.”