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Infinia Stirling Engine Project

Project Completed: September 01, 2012

The Infinia Stirling Engine Project is a joint project between the Cold Climate Innovation and Northwestel. The project was designed to assess the possibility of increasing reliability and reduce the operational costs of remote telecommunications sites throughout the Northwestel service area. The Infinia Stirling Engine has the possibility of being more reliable, and more fuel-efficient, than power generation technology currently deployed at these sites. It is the goal of this project to assist the industry partner in determining the viability of this technology.   Stage 1 involves product testing at the testing facility at the Yukon Research Center. The Stirling will be deployed in a remote-site simulation building to assess the reliability, fuel consumption and operational requirements of the Infinia Stirling.

Stage 2 of this project will involve installing the Infinia Stirling at one of Northwestel’s remote sites. It will take the place of an internal combustion diesel generator and will be monitored for reliability and efficiency. Should stage 2 of the project prove that this technology is viable, Northwestel will then investigate the possibility of converting multiple sites to Stirling power.

Project Team

Project Manager, Rick Steele, Technology Innovation, Yukon Research Center, Yukon College Project Officer, Treharne Drury, Cold Climate Innovation, Yukon Research Center, Yukon College Industry Partner, Barry Sugden, Northwestel Yukon Technician, Desmond Wren, ATCO Infinia Representative, Daniel Luzzo, Infinia Corp. Infinia Technician, Torvald Sorenson, Infinia Corp.

Project Partners

Cold Climate Innovation, Yukon Research Center, Yukon College Technology Innovation, Yukon Research Center, Yukon College Northwestel ATCO Infinia Corp.

Project Funders

Technology Innovation, Yukon Research Center, Yukon College Cold Climate Innovation, Yukon Research Center, Yukon College Northwestel