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SFU develops biomass plant to decrease greenhouse gas emissions

By District Energy posted 10-23-2017 00:00


Henry Tran, The Peak

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.

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