Top Cdn BE: Universities Powering Up

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October 30, 2017,

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By using wood pellets as the primary heating fuel for four campus buildings, UNBC is reducing its carbon output, saving money and demonstrating how other institutions and communities can reduce their fossil fuel consumption. The project has been made possible through the contributions of government and industry as part of the Northern Leadership Campaign… by UNBC.

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 neighbourhood 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 per cent, according to Corix’s website… by Henry Tran.

A shipping container-sized pilot plant that can process a variety of wastes into valuable biofuels will be shipped from Germany to Edmonton thanks to a new future energy research collaboration between the University of Alberta and Germany’s Fraunhofer Society. The plant, known as Biobattery, uses thermo-catalytic reforming (TCR) technology developed by Fraunhofer bioengineering researcher Andreas Hornung to process a variety of wastes into three valuable products––bio-oil, char and gases––at a rate of 30 kilograms per hour... by Michael Brown.

The effects of climate change are real and visible,” says Senator Terry Mercer, deputy chair of the Senate Committee on Agriculture and Forestry. He made the observation during a fact-finding mission to Halifax and Montreal from October 2 to 6. The committee is studying the effects of climate change on the agriculture, agri-food and forestry sectors.. by Senate of Canada.

The northwestern Ontario community of Whitesand First Nation is building a biomass and wood processing facility. The federal and provincial governments announced on Friday in Thunder Bay that they will contribute a collective $3.76 million towards the project. “It’s a privilege to support this project in going forward because this is exactly the kind of innovation that we need in terms of energy production for our country,” said Patty Hajdu, minister of employment, workforce development and labour and MP for Thunder Bay- Superior North… by Jackie McKay.

The Northwestern Ontario Municipal Association (NOMA) is disappointed over the province’s updated Long Term Energy Plan (LTEP), saying that the much-anticipated document offers “nothing new for the Northwest.” President of NOMA, Wendy Landry, released a written statement on Thursday expressing her frustrations with the recently-announced update to Ontario’s 2017 Long Term Energy Plan (LTEP)… by CBC News.

KELOWNA – Metal Structure Concepts (MSC), a Kelowna-based construction company that specializes in pre-engineered and structural steel buildings, has just started what it is calling a flagship project for Canada’s longest-running and largest manufacturer of wood pellets. Owned and operated by Pinnacle Renewable Energy Inc., the new steel building is being supplied and installed 100 kilometres west of Edmonton in Entwistle, AB. Once completed, the building will be the first wood pellet plant owned by Pinnacle to be built outside of British Columbia… by Business Examiner.