Vancouver area farmers look to cogeneration and on-site power

Farms and nurseries in Canada’s Delta municipality near Vancouver are increasingly looking to power and heat their facilities with cogeneration and on-site biogas plants.

Houweling Nurseries Ltd in the town of Ladner has received council approval to build two natural gas-fired cogeneration plants featuring two 4.4-MW Jenbacher combustion engines from GE. The plants will generate 8.7 MWe/10.6 MWth plus heat for 20 ha of greenhouses and CO2 for use as fertiliser.
Houwelings greenhouse

An anaerobic digestion facility that would produce biogas from manure, crop waste and silage was also approved for Seabreeze Farm Ltd, as was Aljane Greenhouses Ltd’s natural gas-fired cogeneration plant. At least two other area greenhouses are powered by cogeneration using natural or landfill gas.

The Delta Farmers’ Institute has asked the council to streamline the application process for natural gas-fired cogeneration plants, local newspaper The Delta Optimist reports. Ministry of Agriculture rules for the size and scale of cogeneration facilities have been in place for two years.  

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