The Bioenergy Plant, the flagship component of the UNBC Energy Initiative, is a biomass gasification system designed by Vancouver-based Nexterra Systems Corp. The Bioenergy Plant uses gasification to convert sawmill residue into useable heat in the form of hot water. The hot water is distributed through our existing hot water district heating system and has offset roughly 85% of the fossil fuels previously used to heat the core campus buildings. This reduction has helped UNBC work towards its energy policy goals of reducing the fossil fuel consumption for space heating of all UNBC campuses by 80% by 2015.
About the Speaker
Richard Farbridge, P.Eng.
Councillor , APEGBC
R. (Richard) Farbridge, P.Eng., is a Senior Engineer at BC Hydro. Previously, Mr. Farbridge was an assistant project manager at SNC Lavalin. He has been employed in the field of civil engineering for more than 30 years, gaining a wide range of experience, including design, construction, contracts, and management, working for consultants, contractors, and government. He holds a bachelor's degree in engineering from Lakehead University.
We will meet outside the interior entrance to the library before the tour begins. For more information, please view the map of the UNBC campus.