Canadian College Opens BioEnergy Research Center

September 11, 2014 By Karen Henry

opg-blrc-grand-opening-energy-manageConfederation College recently celebrated the grand opening of the Ontario Power Generation BioEnergy Learning and Research Centre (OPG-BLRC).

The OPG-BLRC offers opportunities for demonstration, training and applied research related to biomass energy, including fuel quality and emissions and combustion efficiency. Through the OPG-BLRC, Confederation College will be developing a market for biomass in northwestern Ontario and other markets.

Featuring Fröling biomass boilers, fuel handling and heating systems, the OPG-BLRC will also provide an estimated 80 percent of the total heat load for the Shuniah/REACH Building at Confederation College this fall/winter.

Adopted and adapted from existing European technology, the OPG-BLRC is the first facility of its kind in Ontario. The team supporting the facility is currently working with regulators in Ontario to modernize guidelines governing the use of biomass. In addition, research and testing will focus on streamlining biomass energy for community consumption, including those in remote areas. Communities that participate will also develop transferable skills that could initiate additional projects.

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