Project Description

BCIT Biomass Boiler Plant

BCIT’s School of Construction and the Environment plans to use biomass that originates from trees, often referred to as “woody biomass,” as part of a wood-waste-to-energy project. BCIT will use waste wood from its Carpentry and Joinery programs as fuel for a biomass energy system that will heat building NE1, greatly reducing the use of natural gas in that building. The wood-waste-to-energy project is one of multiple Factor Four projects that have been included in BCIT’s energy plan. With large windowed ‘viewing areas’, the plant is also designed for operation as a research facility, particularly in regards to the monitoring of air emissions. Its design includes the possibility to burn test fuels and to monitor key parameters such as fuel consumption, combustion temperature, heat output and a range of air pollutants at various points of the flue gas ducts.

This project consists of an addition to the Joinery Workshop (NE2 building), located on the BCIT Burnaby campus, to house the new Biomass Education Facility and provide interconnection to the existing campus hot water system. The plant is located close to the existing dust extraction system that delivers some of the wood fuel used by the boiler. The firebox boiler itself turns the incoming fuel into heat, ashes and exhaust, each of them removed in a different direction. In addition, the walkway South of NE2 was redeveloped to incorporate the boiler plant.

The boiler is connected to the existing underground campus heating pipeline that passes the plant location in close proximity. Heat generated from the biomass boiler plant is fed into the campus heating network. The biomass boiler will operate as a satellite plant, much the same way as the existing gas boilers in the central boiler plant.

AME’s scope of work for this project included: design of fire suppression, foundation drainage, plumbing service and heating and ventilation for the boiler house and chipper building.