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New generator helps Vancouver turn waste into power and reduce GHGs

The Greater Vancouver regional district unveiled a $36-million power generator that converts into electricity the s...


The Greater Vancouver regional district unveiled a $36-million power generator that converts into electricity the steam produced by incineration of waste at the Burnaby Waste-to-Energy facility. Operational since July 16, and commercially ready on July 19, the generator will produce about 15 megawatts of power (or enough electricity for 15,000 homes), and is expected to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the plant by 59,000 tonnes per year. The power will be sold to B.C. Hydro for about $5-million to $6-million annually and the revenue will be used to offset solid-waste management costs for the region.

The Burnaby facility was opened in 1988, and is owned by the GRVD, but operated and maintained by Montenay Inc. The facility burns approximately 20 per cent of the region’s waste annually, producing steam in boilers. In the past, two-thirds of the steam was sold to a nearby paper recycling mill but because of reduced demand the mill used only about one-third of that steam. The mill will now use a reduced supply of steam as the generator works.

The generator is manufactured by Alstom of Brno, Czech Republic. (The company has a Canadian division.)

For further information, contact Ron Richter at 604-521-1025


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