Zibi to become National Capital Region's first carbon-neutral community thanks to innovative partnership with Hydro Ottawa and Kruger Products

By District Energy posted 10-07-2020 09:31




A new partnership between Zibi, Hydro Ottawa and Kruger Products will put the National Capital Region on the map as a leader in combating climate change through the substantial reduction of carbon emissions using district energy for heating and cooling in the Zibi community, which is being developed by Dream Unlimited Corp Dream Hard Asset Alternatives Trust and THEIA Partners.

The Zibi Community Utility is a District Energy System relying on effluent energy recovery from Kruger Products' Gatineau Plant for heating, and the Ottawa River for cooling. The system, developed by Zibi, will provide zero carbon heating and cooling for all Zibi tenants and residents in the 34-acre waterfront city. Zibi residents and tenants will be able to take pride in living and working in one of Canada's most sustainable communities, and realize energy savings by using a temperature controlling application on their mobile devices.

This innovative system - the first in North America to use post-industrial waste heat recovery in a master-planned community - will make Zibi the region's first zero-carbon-emission community.

How the system works

When completed, all 4 million square feet of residential and commercial buildings at Zibi will be interconnected through a hydronic loop that will deliver heating and cooling energy. A first in North America, low-grade heat from effluents will be recovered from the end of the tissue-making process from the neighbouring Kruger Products' Gatineau tissue plant and injected into the new central energy plant. In the summer, heat will be rejected through chillers into the Ottawa River to efficiently produce chilled water to cool the buildings.

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