Dalhousie University, Canadian Biomass Magazine
Dec. 19, 2018 - Dalhousie University’s Agricultural Campus (AC) in Truro, N.S., officially opened its renewed $26.5-million Biomass Energy Plant, made possible, in part, through the Nova Scotia Community Feed-in Tariff (COMFIT) program. The plant will not only meet campus thermal needs with energy, it will also provide Nova Scotia Power with electricity.
The plant will burn biomass fuel in a thermal oil heater, creating heat that is converted to electricity through the use of an organic rankine cycle (ORC) system. Dalhousie is the first university in North America to use such technology.
“The Biomass Energy Plant not only helps meet our campus’ heating and thermal needs, it is on the cutting edge of sustainable technology and renewable energy practices,” says Dr. Richard Florizone, President of Dalhousie University. “We are already getting calls from other universities across the country looking at implementing similar technology.”