What WAS Done

The GE Jenbacher engine has been installed to provide the Bioenergy Research Demonstration Facility on Lower Mall with additional thermal capacity and fuel diversification.

Sustainable Features

The new engine allows UBC to:

  • Reduce electrical demand by 1.5 megawatts
  • Produce 7.5% of the electricity on the Vancouver campus
  • Reduce carbon dioxide emissions equal to taking 42 cars off the road
  • Increase UBC’s thermal capacity – the same as heating an extra 750+ households per year

Time & Cost

Project initiation: March 2014.
Project completion: August 2014.
Cost: $360,000.

Project manager

Ryan Huffman.

Alternative Energy

Project Services is responsible for the delivery of state-of-the-art alternative energy projects including the Academic District Energy System steam to hot water conversion project, the Bioenergy Research and Demonstration Facility and a continuous optimization program to improve the energy performance of existing core academic buildings.