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Facilities featured on this page produce low carbon fuels in British Colombia from biomass feedstocks.
- Parkland Fuel Corp.
The Burnaby Refinery, owned and operated by Parkland Refining BC in Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada, refines 55,000 bbl/d of crude and synthetic oil into gasoline, diesel, jet fuels, asphalts, heating fuels, heavy fuel oils, butanes, and propane.
- Tidewater Midstream and Infrastructure Ltd.
- Tidewater is a Western Canadian midstream company focused on natural gas processing, liquids upgrading, storage and transportation, and marketing. Tidewater operates the Prince George Refinery processing 12 Mbbl/d light oil into low sulfur diesel gasoline, renewable energy in addition to other products.
Facilities featured on this page capture biogas produced by anaerobic digestors, landfills or processing waste sludge or waste water. This biogas is then used to produce electricity, fuels or heat.
- Capital Regional District Landfill Gas-to-Electricity Plant
- Since 1991, the Hartland Landfill Facility has been collecting landfill gas using a network of wells and pipes. This gas was initially flared. In 2003, a landfill gas-to-electricity plant was built next to the flare station to utilize the methane in the landfill gas to produce electricity.
- City of Surrey Organic Biofuel Facility
- The City of Surrey Organic Biofuel Facility processes all of Surrey’s organic waste into 100% renewable natural gas.
- Columbia Shuswap Regional District
- At the Salmon Arm Landfill, the Columbia Shuswap Regional District working with Fortis BC to upgrade biogas derived from landfill gas so it can be injected into the local natural gas distribution system.
- Dicklands Farms
- Dicklands Farm combines anaerobic digestion and a biogas upgrading plant to produce Renewable Natural Gas from the manure of the farm’s dairy cows and other organic waste. Operation byproducts: hygienic bedding for the farm’s cows and a nutrient-rich digestate which becomes fertilizer for growing crops to feed the cows, creating a sustainable loop of food, waste and energy.
- The EcoDairy is the first demonstration farm of its kind in Canada. EcoDairy partnered with Science World to showcase innovative, modern, and sustainable dairy farming practices. Visit farm animals like goats on their roof, sheep, chickens, and more. Enjoy a scoop of ice cream made from milk from their cows (summer only), and purchase some fresh dairy products and eggs while you’re there. They also offer field trips, and educational spring, summer, and winter camps/workshops.
- Renewable Natural Gas1 (RNG) is playing a key role in how we’re transforming BC’s energy future by helping our customers reduce their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. For more than a decade we’ve worked with local farms, landfills, green energy companies and municipalities to make and deliver RNG.
- Fraser Valley Biogas
- Fraser Valley Biogas utilizes on-farm manure and off-farm food waste to produce methane and high quality fertilizer through a process of anaerobic digestion. The methane is scrubbed and transported to thousands of homes throughout British Columbia by FortisBC. The fertilizer is used by farmers to grow local crops.
- Quadrogen Power Systems
- Quadrogen is a Canadian clean technology company that builds customized biogas clean-up systems that allow waste water treatment plants, landfills, agricultural digesters and power generation facilities to turn waste biogas into clean energy. Quadrogen can provide solutions to oil and gas producers for conversion of shale and associated gas into hydrogen and natural gas. The company offers world-class engineering & design services for feasibility studies, custom manufacturing, and development programs as well.
- Seabreeze Farms
- This project is a farm-based anaerobic digester project that will process the farm’s dairy manure as well as approximately 12,000 tons/yr of off-farm organics. The facility produces biogas that is cleaned and then sold to FortisBC and injected into the existing natural gas pipeline.
The companies and facilities featured on this page produce and/or distribute solid wood from wood residues that result from construction, forestry or processing. These fuels are in the form of briquettes, chips or pellets.
- Canfor – Chetwynd, Fort St. John and Houston
- Canfor’s facilities in Chetwynd and Fort St. John, BC, were officially opened on July 19, 2016. Both plants are operated in partnership with Pacific Bioenergy Corporation. The plant in Chetwynd has an annual capacity of 87,500 tonnes; this facility also includes a 3MW combined heat and power plant, offsetting the facility’s electricity requirements and relieving power on the municipal grid. The Fort St. John plant has an annual capacity of 87,500 tonnes.
- The Canfor pellet facility in Houston – owned and operated in partnership with Pinnacle Pellet Inc. and the Moricetown Indian Band – produces 217,000 tonnes of industrial wood pellets annually.
- Cloverdale Fuel
- Cloverdale Fuel has been a leader in the development of wood waste into biomass fuel since its inception in 1945. Cloverdale Fuel was chosen in 2011 to provide wood fuel for the University of British Columbia’s Bioenergy Research and Demonstration Facility (UBC BRDF) in Vancouver.
- Fibreco Export Inc.
- Fibreco Export Inc. was founded in 1977 as a consortium of over thirty sawmill companies to export surplus BC wood chips to overseas pulp and paper manufacturing markets in Asia. In 1979 Fibreco constructed one of the world’s largest wood chip storage and shipping terminals, serviced by truck, rail and barge transportation.
- In 2000 Fibreco was restructured as a private company owned by a group of forest companies which operate in the Interior region of BC.
- In 2005 Fibreco started handling biomass wood pellets for the rapidly growing BC biomass industry. Currently Fibreco loads a large portion of BC’s wood pellets destined for the European and Asian energy markets.
- Ledcor Group
- No part of a tree procured by Ledcor is left to waste. This means even twigs and bark are ground or chipped into biomass products, such as wood chips and biofuel/hog fuel.
Ledcor uses company-owned harvesting, grinding and chipping machinery, along with trucks and barges to process and transport biomass products to the end-users.
- No part of a tree procured by Ledcor is left to waste. This means even twigs and bark are ground or chipped into biomass products, such as wood chips and biofuel/hog fuel.
- Pacific BioEnergy
- Pacific BioEnergy has been producing wood pellet fuel in Prince George since 1994. To keep pace with growing demand, the original plant was rebuilt and expanded in 2007.
- In December 2009, Pacific BioEnergy entered into a strategic partnership with Electrabel/GDF Suez, one of the world’s leading energy providers. This positioned the company to further expand the facility to 350,000 TPA and install leading-edge environmental control equipment.
- Pinnacle Renewable Energy Group
- Pinnacle Renewable Energy Group has been in operation for over twenty years and is the longest established pellet producer in Western Canada. Located in the heart of the lumber industry in central BC, Pinnacle has access to an excellent and abundant source of raw materials. Today, the company operates six pellet plants across BC with a production capacity well over 1 million tons annually.
- Premium Pellet Ltd.
- Based in Vanderhoof, Premium Pellet Ltd. has a current production capability of 140,000 tonnes of high quality, premium grade wood pellets annually.
- Wood Pellet Association of Canada
- The Wood Pellet Association of Canada is the voice of Canada’s growing, innovative wood pellet sector.
Projects on this page are combined heat and power (CHP), also known as co-generation, projects. Co-generation is the simultaneous production of electricity and heat from biomass or biogas.
- Armstrong Co-generation
- Tolko Industries’ Armstrong Co-generation plant uses wood biomass, primarily bark from sawmill operations, to generate power for sale to BC Hydro.
- Cariboo Pulp and Paper, Quesnel
- Cariboo Pulp and Paper’s condensing steam co-generation turbo generator uses wood waste to generate power and steam for the mill’s operation. Not only does it produce power for the site, it will supply enough green biomass power to B.C.’s provincial grid to power more than 14,500 homes annually.
- Chetwynd Forest Industries Biomass Project
- West Fraser Timber Company will generate 13 MW of power with its Chetwynd Forest Industries bioenergy plant by using wood chips converted to biomass fuel.
- Conifex Mackenzie Biomass Power Project
- Based in Mackenzie, BC, this system came on-line on September 18, 2015. At full capacity, it produces 36 Megawatts of electricity from mill and logging residues.
- Covanta Renewable Energy Burnaby, ULC
- Every year, approximately 285,000 tonnes of municipal solid waste is converted at this facility into 940,000 tonnes of steam and up to 170,000 MWh of electricity, providing both economic and environmental benefits.
- Fraser Lake Biomass
- In this facility, the previous sawmill residual burner has been replaced by an Organic Rankine Cycle biomass power generator with a capacity of 12 MW.
- Fort St. James Green Energy Project
- The Fort St. James Green Energy Project is a 40 MW biomass energy production project in Fort St. James, with a 30 year energy purchasing agreement with BC Hydro.
- Greater Nanaimo Pollution Control Centre Co-generation
- Waste gas produced at the Centre’s primary treatment sewage digesters is used to produce electricity that powers the Centre.
- Harmac Biomass
- The co-generation facility at Nanaimo Forest Products’ Harmac Pulp Mill has a capacity of 25 MW.
- Hartland Landfill Gas Utilization Project, Victoria
- The landfill produces 18 cubic metres of gas per minute which can be harnessed and transported to a landfill gas utilization facility to produce 12,274 megawatt hours of electricity per year or enough energy for 1600 homes.
- Hefley Creek Plywood Mill, Kamloops
- Nexterra’s gasification system at Tolko’s Heffley Creek plywood mill in Kamloops, BC, converts low value wood waste into syngas that is used to replace natural gas at the mill.
- Howe Sound Pulp and Paper, Port Mellon
- The mill supplies 80% of its energy needs from an onsite power generation system. This system uses one barge per day of hog fuel (waste wood from the sawmill industry), a biofuel that would otherwise be disposed of in landfills.
- Kamloops Green Energy
- The co-generation facility at Domtar’s Kamloops pulp mill has a capacity of 76 MW. This is the highest capacity of any biomass-fired co-generation plant in BC.
- Kelowna Co-generation
- Tolko Industries’ Kelowna Co-generation plant uses wood biomass, primarily bark from sawmill operations, to generate power for sale to FortisBC.
- Nechako Green Energy, Vanderhoof
- Using waste wood to generate power is common among pulp mills, but Nechako Green Energy is the first in North America to use the technology in a sawmill, an innovative approach that other companies now plan to follow. A sophisticated Organic Rankine Cycle (ORC) turbo generator uses advanced controls and safety features, allowing it to operate with minimal staff – a key consideration in remote locations such as Nechako. The trailblazing work of Nechako Green Energy displaces 30 per cent of the mill’s electrical load, reducing the company’s electrical bills and reducing demand on B.C.’s electrical system.
- Prince George Pulp and Paper Mill Bioenergy Project
- Canfor’s facility in Prince George was recently upgraded and it now produces 7,560 MWh/year of electricity.
- Zellstoff Celgar
- In 2010 Zellstoff Celgar completed its Green Energy Project. The C$64.9 million project included the installation of a second turbine-generator set with a design capacity of 48 MW to increase the mill’s installed generating capacity to 100 MW, and upgraded the mill’s bark boiler and steam facilities.
- In connection with the Green Energy Project, Zellstoff Celgar finalized a 10-year Electricity Purchase Agreement with BC Hydro, under which it will sell electrical energy at “green’ rates.
The facilities featured on this page use biomass as a fuel to produce steam or hot water at a central plant. This steam or hot water is then pumped underground for space heating and to provide domestic hot water to a number of buildings in a local cluster.
- Burns Lake Biomass Heating System
- The Village of Burns Lake is using a pellet boiler, in conjunction with salvaging surplus heat from a number of Village facilities, to provide heat for the “Community Heating Network”.
- Centre of Excellence for Clean Energy Technology, Northern Lights College, Dawson Creek
- Housed in the new Centre of Excellence for Clean Energy Technology the wood pellet boiler system will be used as a training facility for renewable energy technologists.
- Enderby District Energy
- Fink Enderby District Energy is the first privately-funded biomass district energy system operating as a Private Utility under 1 MW in western Canada. The district system currently serves 11 commercial, institutional and residential customers while maintaining capacity for future growth.
- Lillooet Community Biomass Energy Project
- The Community Biomass Energy Project replaces an inefficient and oversized propane boiler with an efficient pellet biomass furnace.
- Nazko Elementary School
- A 60,000 square foot school and community centre, in a village 100 kilometres west of Quesnel, was converted from using propane to wood pellets as a fuel for heat in 2008.
- Old Massett, Haida Gwaii, Main Community Buildings
- The village of Old Massett is employing a high tech wood biomass boiler by way of a centralized heating system for their main community buildings. These buildings are comprised of a community hall, the band office, a health center, the social development and child family services building and an elementary school.
- Prince George Downtown District Energy System
- The biomass-based Prince George District Energy System (DES) provides heating for several landmark buildings in downtown Prince George while reducing 1,900 tonnes of greenhouse gases per year. The state-of-the-art district energy system takes what was previously considered waste heat from Lakeland sawmill and transfers it via insulated piping to heat the downtown core of the city, a move that makes sense financially, environmentally, and socially.
- Revelstoke Community Energy Corporation
- Revelstoke Community Energy Corporation (RCEC) is an award-winning system that burns wood “waste” from the Downie Timber Sawmill to create steam for the drying kilns at the mill and hot water that is piped to ten City buildings and downtown businesses.
- Southeast False Creek Neighbourhood Energy Utility, Vancouver
- The Neighbourhood Energy Utility (NEU) uses waste thermal energy captured from sewage to provide space heating and hot water to new buildings in Southeast False Creek (SEFC). This captured energy eliminates more than 60% of the global warming pollution associated with heating buildings. The utility is self-funded: it provides a return on investment to City taxpayers, while at the same time, provides cost-competitive rates to customers. The NEU was established in 2010 and served the former Olympic Village.
- Telkwa Mini Biomass District Heating System
- The Village of Telkwa took climate action in the building sector by retrofitting an existing derelict building for a new municipal office and installing a biomass boiler district heating system (the system). The system generates heat energy, through burning wood, which is then transferred into a distributed hot water heating system to heat their municipal office and neighbouring buildings.
- Whistler District Energy System
- The District Energy System provides about 95 per cent per cent of the energy needed for space and water heating in Cheakamus Crossing by extracting low-temperature ambient heat from treated wastewater effluent through the Waste Water Treatment Plant. Heat exchangers in the treatment plant capture the heat from the effluent flow and pump temperate water through an insulated underground distribution system to heat pumps in each building.
- Burnaby Mountain District Energy System
- A permanent biomass-based central energy plant is under development for the Simon Fraser University Neighbourhood Utility Service (NUS).
- Creative Energy Beatty Street Plant, Vancouver
- Creative Energy is in the process of switching a large district heating system in downtown Vancouver from using natural gas as primary fuel over to using biomass.
- Howe Sound Secondary and Squamish Elementary Schools, Squamish
- School District 48 has had an ongoing project shared by both Howe Sound Secondary and Squamish Elementary to install a biomass burner that will help the schools reduce their natural gas usage and environmental footprint by using waste wood chips or pellets as fuel.
- Nelson District Energy System
- The City of Nelson is considering the development of a district energy system that would providea low carbon heating alternative to natural gas.
- Port Alberni Industrial/Municipal Energy System
- The City of Port Alberni has been looking for ways to reduce the community’s greenhouse gas emissions, to capture carbon credits, to create green jobs and to develop non-tax revenue sources. An ‘Integrated Resource Recovery Study’ done in 2010 showed that a fibre based biomass district energy system was feasible and would accomplish those goals.