Pre-Conference Local Tour – CANCELLED

Tuesday, October 11, Afternoon

Visit Algonquin College’s Algonquin Centre for Construction Excellence, University of Ottawa’s SunLab and the National Research Council’s High Voltage / High Current Measurement Lab.

Note: Admission to the NRC lab requires registration before October 7. Late registrants may be permitted at the discretion of the NRC Security Services.

Free (+guest) with Conference Registration



  • 12:15 – Meet at Shaw Centre
  • 12:30 – Leave Shaw Centre for Algonquin
  • 12:50 – Algonquin ACCE Building and Power Lab
  • 13:40 – Leave for SUNLAB
  • 14:00 – SUNLAB @ uOttawa (1-2 groups of max 20 people, 20 minutes per group)
  • 14:40 – Leave for NRC (participant names must be sent to NRC in advance)
  • 15:00 – NRC HV/HC Measurement Lab
  • 16:00 – Leave for Shaw Centre
  • 16:20 – Arrive at Shaw Centre

SUNLAB (University of Ottawa)

The SUNLAB, housed at the University of Ottawa’s new Advanced Research Complex, is Canada’s premier solar cell characterization research facility, which focuses on high performance devices. Experimentally this includes two solar simulators: a low-concentration Newport Oriel SS, capable of intensities up to 150 suns; and a high-concentration Spectrolab XT-30 SS, capable of intensities up to 1000 suns. Each solar simulator is equipped for temperature-stabilized current-voltage measurements. External quantum efficiency can be performed as well as electroluminescence, and photoluminescence measurements. Visit our Lab Facilities webpage for more information on our equipment and experimental capabilities.

Measurement Science and Standards (MSS) of the NRC

The Measurement Science and Standards (MSS) of the National Research Council (NRC) is Canadian National Measurement Institute (NMI) and a recognized national and international leader in developing physical measurement standards and associated science and technology in support of the national metrology system in Canada, and the service to industry and society. The MSS Electrical Power Measurements (EPM) team is responsible for providing standards, instrumentation, testing procedures and new technology in the area of electrical power measurements to meet the present and anticipate future measurement requirements of the electrical power industry and utilities.

The EPM program areas include, among others:

  • Development of methods and instrumentation for the measurement of electrical quantities of interest to the electrical power industry.
  • Calibration of measurement equipment such as high voltage transformers, high current transformers, Rogowski coils, capacitance bridges, wattmeters, electricity meters, high voltage capacitors, high current resistors, and shunts.
  • Measurements of load and no-load losses in power transformers and inductive reactors, and the calibration of industrial measuring systems (AC and DC), both in-house and on-site.
  • Measurements of performance of electricity revenue metering systems under nonsinusoidal waveform conditions.
  • Development of diagnostic techniques and instrumentation to assess operating conditions of high power apparatus and high voltage cables in service and to predict their remaining life.

The tour of the HV lab includes the visit to EPM facilities featuring the described areas of technical expertise.