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.
- 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
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.
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