The multi-fuel boiler produces enough steam to supply multiple remote labs around campus, including the unit operations lab, the turbine co-generation lab, the pulp and paper lab, and the industrial instrumentation lab.
Nexus for Academic Cooperation
While physical conduits distribute energy from the facility across the BCIT campus, CEER is also a nexus for academic connection, drawing together academics and researchers from across the institute. At CEER, students, faculty and operations personnel work together in a cross-disciplinary learning and research environment focused on energy production, distribution, sustainability and management.
Forty-eight percent of all energy produced in Canada is consumed by industry. As such, any improvements in industrial processes have significant impacts in our overall consumption patterns.
Many of the key economic industries including bitumen and pulp processing require huge amounts of heat and steam. The research and teaching that happens at BCIT's Centre for Energy Education and Research (CEER) will help to shift Canada's industrial plants toward cleaner and more efficient modern technology and processes.
The CEER facility is 20-30% more efficient than a conventional boiler facility and uses some of the same technologies that the automotive sector uses to reduce fuel consumption while simultaneously producing lower emissions. Flue gas recirculation and alternative fuels are two of these capabilities. Students gaining experience on this equipment are poised to make massive changes in our national consumption and emissions profile.
CEER will be at the forefront of the greening of Canada's industrial landscape.
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