November 2017

Tour of Alexandra District Energy Utility (ADEU)

Organized by the Richmond/Delta Branch

Status: Online registration is now closed. For space availability, please contact [email protected] Thank you.
Date: Friday, November 10, 2017
Time: 8:15 AM–12:00 PM
(Please read the full description for the event schedule).
Location: 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).

Presentation Location: Room M.2.004 (accessed from the main Richmond City Hall foyer space), 6911 No. 3 Road, Richmond, BC

ADEU Tour Location: 9600 Odlin Road, Richmond, BC.
Credit: 2 Informal Professional Development Hours (PDH)
Cost: $40.00 + GST for Members and Guests
$35.00 + GST for EIT and GIT member
$30.00 + GST for Student Members who pre-register online
$45.00 + GST for anyone registering at the door (space permitting, cash only)

Price also includes breakfast.
Contact: If you have questions, please contact [email protected].
Note: To help us predict our catering needs, please register by November 6, 2017.

Special Instructions: Transportation: As the ADEU site has limited parking available, a bus with a capacity of 22 people will provide return transportation between the presentation place and the ADEU site. If the tour reaches full capacity, some participants will need to drive, and carpooling is encouraged.

Dress Code: Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is not required. Dress code is Business Casual.
Please join us for breakfast and an informative presentation and tour of the award-winning project, Alexandra District Energy Utility (ADEU). There will be a follow-up Q&A presented by Mr. Kevin Roberts, P.Eng., from the City of Richmond.

In 2014, the Alexandra District Energy Utility site won the Engineers and Geoscientists BC Sustainability Award for project of the year.

Lulu Island Energy Company (LIEC) and the City of Richmond have 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 1450 residential units, which results in the reduction of around 500 tonnes of GHG emissions annually. As a result of rapid development in this neighbourhood, the Lulu Island Energy Company7 and the City recently completed the 4th phase of expansion of the ADEU system. It is estimated that at build out, ADEU will service approximately 4,000,000 sq. ft 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 LIEC and the City and affordable energy for its customers.

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  • 8:15 AM–9:30 AM: Registration and Breakfast (White Spot at Rmd Centre)
  • 9:45 AM–10:30 AM: Technical Presentation (Richmond City Hall)
  • 10:30 AM–10:45 AM: Travel to the ADEU site (Bus is provided)
  • 10:45 AM–11:45 AM: ADEU Site Tour
  • 11:45 AM–12:00 PM: Questions and Answers

About the Speaker

Kevin Roberts, P.Eng.

Acting Senior Project Manager, District Energy, Lulu Island Energy Company, City of Richmond

Mr. Kevin Roberts, P.Eng. is the Acting Senior Project Manager with Lulu Island Energy Company, responsible for advancing the development of district energy systems in the City of Richmond, B.C. Mr. Roberts is a professional engineer with Engineers and Geoscientists BC with 10 years of experience in engineering, construction and project management. He holds a Bachelor of Engineering degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Victoria.


Due to space limitations, registrations will be limited to 25.

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