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Spartan Controls Centre for Energy Education & Research

The School of Energy’s boiler, co-generation and industrial instrumentation facility is a significant part of infrastructure construction happening at BCIT.

boiler room with lots of pipes.

The facility forms the basis of the Spartan Controls Centre for Energy Education and Research. 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. Highlights of the new multi-million dollar energy studies centre include:

  • The cleanest operating boiler in Western Canada, with controls to minimize emissions and maximize energy efficiency aligning us with the BC Government’s clean energy mandate.
  • A 220 kW electrical generator to harness the output from the boiler as part of BCIT’s “intelligent microgrid”.
  • 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.
  • 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 Spartan Controls Centre for Energy Education and Research will help to shift Canada’s industrial plants toward cleaner and more efficient modern technology and processes.
  • The centre will be at the forefront of the greening of Canada’s industrial landscape.

Nexus for Academic Cooperation

While physical conduits distribute energy from the facility across the BCIT campus, the centre is also a nexus for academic connection, drawing together academics and researchers from across the institute. Students, faculty and operations personnel work together in a cross-disciplinary learning and research environment focused on energy production, distribution, sustainability and management.

Spartan Controls Centre for Energy Education and Research creates the capacity to:

The centre is already attracting interest from researchers, corporations and other Canadian institutions looking to leverage this one of a kind integrated facility.

For more information on the facility, contact:

Brian Buckley
Associate Dean, Industrial and Mechanical Trades
Phone: 604-451-6964
Brian_Buckley@bcit.ca

Holly Stanley
Business Development Manager
Phone:  604-451-6740
Holly_Stanley@bcit.ca

Anna Klonica
Coordinator, Business Development & Industry Training
Phone:  604-453-4039
Anna_Klonica@bcit.ca

School of Energy Research News

Building front for Centre for Energy and research.Spartan Controls makes investment in support of BCIT students

BCIT has unveiled the newly-named Spartan Controls Centre for Energy Education and Research. Renaming the facility is an expression of the 25 year relationship between BCIT and Spartan Controls, and Spartan Controls’ $2.5M contribution to the BCIT School of Energy.

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