Namur Lake Air Monitoring Station

In October 2016 Fort McKay First Nation completed the construction of its Namur Lake Air Monitoring Station (AMS), which is the world’s first successful off-grid, continuous, air monitoring station. The Namur Lake AMS employs an Airpointer® to measure the following parameters:

  • SO2
  • H2S
  • NO
  • NO2
  • O3
  • PM2.5
  • BTEX
  • Temperature, wind direction/speed
  • Relative humidity
  • Precipitation

The AMS typically runs for 8-9 months of the year exclusively using solar power, and 1-2 months with assistance from a back-up generator. Currently, during the coldest months of the year (i.e. December and January), the AMS is shutdown to ensure the batteries are protected and the generator is not being run too regularly. Depending on the time of year, the station can run for 2-4 days off batteries alone, and without any charging, if required.

Ryan Grandjambe
Environmental Guardian-Lead
Phone: (780) 828 8803
Cell: (587) 646 1865