February 2020

Tour of Covanta Energy

Organized by the Burnaby/New Westminster Branch

Status: Online registration is now closed. For space availability please contact [email protected] Thank you.
Date: Wednesday, February 12, 2020
Time: 1:30 PM–3:30 PM
Location: Covanta Energy Facility, 5150 Riverbend Drive, Burnaby, BC
Credit: 2 Informal Professional Development Hours (PDH)
Cost: $10 including GST per person.
Contact: For more information please contact the event coordinator Eugene Bui.
Note: For safety reasons, Covanta requires all tour participants to wear full-length pants, a long-sleeved top or jacket, and closed-toe shoes. All other safety equipment can be provided, including: hard hat, safety glasses, hearing protection, and gloves.
Please join us for a sustainability technology-focused tour of the Metro Vancouver Waste-to-Energy Facility, operating as Covanta Burnaby Renewable Energy. This facility has been in operation since 1988. The 5-acre facility is located in the commercial/industrial area of south Burnaby, BC, and processes approximately 25% of Metro Vancouver’s post-recycled waste, mainly from the North Shore, Burnaby, and New Westminster. Each year, approximately 285,000 tons of municipal solid waste is converted into 940,000 tons of steam and up to 170,000 MWh of electricity, providing both economic and environmental benefits. About 9,000 tons per year of recycled metal is recovered at the facility. In 2006, a $7 million upgrade was completed to increase the amount of heat recovered from the waste, which, in turn, increased the quantity of electricity produced. In 2013, a $4.2 million upgrade on the air-cooled condensers was completed, further increasing the quantity of electricity being produced.
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