April 2015

APEGBC Richmond/Delta Branch Breakfast, Presentation and Tour of Alexandra District Energy Utility (ADEU) Site

Status: Online registration is now closed. For space availability please contact Jessica Leung, by email ([email protected]). Thank you.
Date: Saturday, April 25, 2015
Time: 8:30 am - 12:00 pm
Location: Meet At White Spot - Richmond Centre, Richmond, BC
(Mall doors open at 8:00 am. They also have an outside entrance on the No. 3 Road side of the mall).
Presenter: Alen Postolka, P.Eng.
District Energy Manager
City of Richmond
Credit: 1.5 Informal Professional Development Hours (PDH)
Cost: $40   for Members and Guests who pre-register online.
$35   for EIT/GIT’s who pre-register online.
$30   for APEGBC Student Members who pre-register online.
$45   for Anyone registering at the door (space permitting, cash only)
(Price includes breakfast)
Please join us for breakfast and an informative presentation and tour of the APEGBC Sustainability Award Winner project of the year 2014, Alexandra District Energy Utility (ADEU), and follow-up Q & A presented by Mr. Alen Postolka, P.Eng. from City of Richmond.

The City of Richmond has taken a leadership role to shift towards sustainable energy systems which reduce dependency on non-renewable energy sources and reduce Green House Gas (GHG) emissions. The ADEU is a system that centralizes energy production for heating and cooling that is servicing residential and commercial customers in the West Cambie neighbourhood, a major growth area in the City. This utility uses ground source heat pump technology to extract heat (geothermal energy) from the ground via a network of vertical pipe loops. In cooling mode the energy flow is reversed and heat is pumped into the ground. The ADEU was put in operation in July, 2012. Today, the ADEU provides renewable energy to over 800 residential units, which results in the reduction of around 500 tonnes of GHG annually. As a result of more developments coming on stream shortly, the City is proceeding with the Phase 3 expansion of the ADEU system. It is estimated that at build out, ADEU will service approximately 3,600,000 square feet of new development, and will result in a reduction of around 1,500 tonnes of greenhouse gasses annually.

Sustainable energy systems such as this new utility provide a number of benefits for the community including using renewable sources of energy, increasing energy security by reducing reliance on external power sources, and substantially reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The ADEU technology is proven and reliable as it has built in backup systems and performance is monitored continuously. The utility provides an ongoing new revenue source for the City and affordable energy for its customers. For more details, please click here

Alen Postolka, P.Eng
District Energy Manager
City of Richmond
Mr. Alen Postolka, P.Eng. is the District Energy Manager responsible for advancing the development of district energy systems in the City of Richmond, BC. Mr. Postolka is a professional engineer with APEGBC and certified energy manager and certified professional with 20 years of experience in mechanical engineering, building science and project management. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Zagreb. He can be reached at [email protected]

  8:30 –   9:45 am –  Registration and Breakfast
10:00 – 10:30 am –  Technical Presentation (at Richmond Cultural Centre)
10:30 – 10:45 am –  Travel from Richmond Cultural Centre to the Tour site
10:45 – 11:45 am –  Alexandra District Energy Utility Site Tour
11:45 – 12:00 pm –  Questions and Answers

  • Breakfast: White Spot, Richmond Center, the mall doors open at 8:00 am. They also have an outside entrance on the No. 3 Road side of the mall. Because of the possibility of other large parties for breakfast on Saturday we might have to sit in multiple groups. They will try their best to have us sit together.
  • Technical Presentation: Board Room of Richmond Cultural Centre at 7700-Minoru Gate, Richmond, BC. This is the same building as Richmond Public Libraryacross Minoru from Richmond Center. There is free parking at the Cultural Centre.  Map showing both White Spot and Richmond Cultural Centre:http://goo.gl/UMlVCJ   
  • ADEU Site Tour: 9600 Odlin Road, Richmond, BC.
As the ADEU site has limited parking available, a bus with a capacity of 22 people will provide return transportation between the Cultural Centre and the ADEU site.  If the tour reaches full capacity, some participants will need to drive, and carpooling is encouraged.

To help us predict our catering needs, please register by Thursday, April 23, 2015.
Due to space limitations, registrations will be limited to 25.

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