TOUR A - Creative Energy and University of British Columbia

UBC -Bioenergy Research Demonstration Facility (BRDF): 

The $28 million BRDF came into service in June 2012. It is a state of the art biomass facility using gasification technology to produce 6MW’s of thermal energy from the main boiler and an additional 2.4MW’s of thermal energy from its cogeneration engine. The engine is fuelled by a combination of renewable natural gas (biogas) & natural gas and also produces 2MWe of electricity. The engine recovers heat in two ways; firstly from its exhaust gas via a HRSG and secondly from the engine coolant systems via a glycol to hot water heat exchanger.

The BRDF reduces UBC’s total GHG emissions annually by ~14% and has proved its reliability to now be considered UBC’s base load production facility. This summer the BRDF supplied all of UBC’s thermal needs and for three months enabled the main powerhouse to be put to “hot standby.” This was the first time the UBC Powerhouse had been out of continuous service since it came into service in 1925.

The BRDF building is the first in Canada to be constructed in entirety from Canadian manufactured Cross Laminated Timber (CLT) and the building achieved a LEED gold designation. 

UBC Campus Energy Centre (CEC):

The $24 million CEC is a new state-of-the-art hot water boiler facility currently completing construction. The CEC is scheduled to go into service during October 2015, and will be capable of meeting all of UBC’s heating requirements.

The CEC will be used as a peaking energy source for UBC’s new campus hot water Academic District Energy System (ADES). The CEC will have three 15 megawatt (MW) thermal, natural gas fired, high-efficiency boilers, initially installed with space for a 4th boiler as campus growth demands. The CEC has been planned from the outset to be expandable for up to 88MW of thermal capacity on its current footprint. In addition the site has been carefully selected and preliminary studies have been completed for a 25MWe cogen facility to be built as, CEC phase 2, at some future point in time. This would also add a further 22MW of thermal capacity to give the CEC, at maximum build out, potentially 110MW of thermal capacity. This would be enough to supply the future thermal energy needs for the campus, the new Neighborhood District Energy System (NDES) and future ADES and NDES expansions currently being considered.

Currently the CEC and ADES are expected to further reduce UBC’s GHG emissions by 22% annually on top of the emission reduction figures achieved by the BRDF.

The CEC is the second building at UBC to be constructed from Canadian Cross Laminated Timber (CLT) and the building is expected to also achieve a LEED gold designation.

TOUR B - NEU/Southeast False Creek Plant and UniverCity NUS Temp Energy Centre

The Southeast False Creek Neighbourhood Energy Utility:

Buildings in this neighbourhood are heated by the city’s first renewable district energy system, the Southeast False Creek Neighbourhood Energy Utility (NEU). The NEU provides heat and hot water to the Southeast False Creek community, while producing 62% fewer greenhouse gas emissions than conventional heating systems. The NEU eliminates the space and maintenance requirements associated with boilers in individual buildings, and provides cost effective and stable rates to area residents and businesses. The green technology used by the NEU is truly innovative – it is the first utility in North America to use waste heat recovered from untreated urban waste water.

UniverCity NUS Temp Energy Centre:

The UniverCity NUS Temp Energy Centre is a containerized boiler plant with a 2.3MW output capacity. The plant was commissioned in 2011 and is currently being used to service the staged development of phases 3 and 4 at UniverCity. The plant contains three NG condensing boilers, main distribution pumps, expansion tanks and all other front end equipment.




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