Micro-cogen for Canadian university

A Canadian university is to implement a cogeneration solution as part of a series of major energy efficiency upgrades.

The two-year, CA$15.5 million ($11 million) project will include the installation of micro-cogeneration and energy recovery systems serving 26 buildings at Trent University in Peterborough, Ontario.

The project is expected to save the university over $1.5 million in energy costs over nine years, in addition to saving 2650 metric tonnes of CO2 per year.

Renewable energy firm Ameresco has been contracted to undertake the project, which will be funded through energy efficiency savings.

According to Ameresco, among the upgrades and enhancements are ‘new and re-commissioned air handling units (AHU)/variable air volume (VAV) conversions; HVAC control systems/redesign and equipment; VSD pumps; heating boilers; domestic hot water (DHW) boiler replacement and electric heat conversion; micro cogeneration; and energy recovery systems, for more reliable backup power.’

Steven Pillar, the university’s vice-president for Finance and Administration, said: ‘This project will yield immediate cost-savings for Trent University, but more importantly, it will result in an over-achievement of our energy reduction targets set in our five-year Energy Conservation Plan and a simple payback of nine years. The partnership with Ameresco will create more efficient buildings and reduce our energy use, allowing us to significantly reduce our carbon footprint.’  

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