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UBC heat & power project awarded more funding

Feb. 25, 2011, Vancouver – An additional $11.2 million in federal and provincial funding will help the University of British Columbia (UBC) undertake a clean heat and power project.


February 25, 2011
By Natural Resources Canada

Feb. 25, 2011, Vancouver – A total of $11.2
million in federal and provincial funding will help the University of British
Columbia (UBC) undertake a clean heat and power project. The funding is from
Natural Resources Canada ($8.8 million) and Western Economic Diversification
Canada ($2.4 million) in addition to $4.5 million from the British Columbia
Ministry of Forests, Mines, and Lands, previously announced in March 2010.

With the goal of reducing its reliance on
traditional methods of energy consumption, UBC has partnered with Nexterra and
GE Energy to provide the innovative technology needed to generate clean heat
and power from local, renewable wood fuel. This biomass demonstration project,
the first of its kind in North America, will produce about 1.9 MW of
electricity, enough to power approximately 1,600 homes. The project will also
reduce UBC’s greenhouse gas emissions by about 5,000 tonnes annually.

“This project is an example of UBC’s
concept of the university as a living laboratory for research, action, and
leadership on global sustainability issues,” says UBC president Stephen Toope.
“With this crucial support from government, UBC will generate clean steam and
electricity, provide valuable new knowledge for the clean energy sector, and
inform new global standards for bioenergy system performance.”

Read more: UBC biomass plant to provide 6% of campus power by Monte Paulsen | The Tyee

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