B.C. University Developing $33 Million Biomass Plant

Simon Fraser University is set to start construction on a new biomass plant that will power the university and adjacent urban community while drastically reducing emissions. SFU, along with SFU Community Trust, which oversees the development of UniverCity, has partnered with Corix Multi-Utility Services Inc. to develop a $33 million neighborhood energy utility project called […]

Simon Fraser University is set to start construction on a new biomass plant that will power the university and adjacent urban community while drastically reducing emissions. SFU, along with SFU Community Trust, which oversees the development of UniverCity, has partnered with Corix Multi-Utility Services Inc. to develop a $33 million neighborhood energy utility project called the Burnaby Mountain District Energy Utility.

The new energy utility will use biomass — recycled urban and construction wood waste — as its primary fuel source, instead of traditional fuel sources. The purpose of this biomass plant is to reduce SFU greenhouse gas emissions by 80 percent, according to Corix’s website.

“We would expect the [biomass plant] to be in place by 2020, thereby fulfilling the objective of low carbon energy for UniverCity,” said Dale Mikkelsen, SFU community trust vice-president of development.

Once the biomass plant is complete, it is expected to reduce SFU’s greenhouse gas emissions from all sources in the region by 69 percent, according to a press release by the university. Biomass was chosen as the alternative energy source because it is environmentally friendly, and able to help SFU reach its goal of reducing its greenhouse gas emissions, whilst effectively delivering sufficient amount of thermal energy to the Burnaby Mountain community.

The district energy utility project was reviewed and approved by the British Columbia Utilities Commission, which determined that the project met environmental regulations. The biomass plant will meet regional regulations for air emissions and will not affect air quality on campus, according to Todd Gattinger, SFU director of maintenance and operations.

From The Peak: https://the-peak.ca/2017/10/sfu-develops-biomass-plant-to-decrease-greenhouse-gas-emissions/

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