The School of Energy’s boiler, co-generation and industrial instrumentation facility is a significant part of infrastructure construction happening at BCIT.
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:
- Educate students from Power Engineering, Industrial Instrumentation, Chemical and Environmental Technology, Mechanical Engineering, and Electrical Engineering programs on state-of-the-art equipment.
- Attract research funding.
- Deliver industry services training.
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:
Business Development and Industry Training Coordinator
School Development Manager
Paul Morrison, DiplT, BEng, AScT
Interim Associate Dean, Industrial and Mechanical Trades
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.