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SFU’s new $33 million Corix biomass plant helps sustainably heat a community

By District Energy posted 11-30-2021 16:58


Canadian Biomass


Simon Fraser University (SFU)’s campus in Burnaby, B.C., is now home to a new $33 million biomass plant that is using urban wood waste to provide heating and hot water to the campus and a nearby residential community, UniverCity.

The biomass plant has been operating since October 2020, but the project has been eight-and-a-half-years in the making.

For SFU, the motivation behind switching from natural gas to biomass for heating and hot water was two-fold, explains Larry Waddell, SFU’s chief facilities officer.

“One, SFU had an aging traditional natural gas heating plant that served our campus. So, there was a desire to see what options we might have to replace or extend its life,” he explains. “There was also a desire to try to become more sustainable and respond to the province’s targets for the public sector to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.”

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