Burlington Hydro Electric’s Micro Turbine Cogeneration Project to Highlight the Viability of Cogeneration and District Heating in the Community

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February 23, 2015, BURLINGTON, ON – Preparations are underway at the south side of the Burlington Hydro Electric Inc. (BHEI) offices at 1340 Brant Street to install a portable natural gas Micro Turbine Cogeneration Plant. The vibrantly coloured structure is the centerpiece of a pilot project being undertaken by the company.

An important feature of the City of Burlington’s Community Energy Plan (CEP) is the exploration of options for potential district heating and cogeneration. As a central partner in the development of the CEP, BHEI has committed to demonstrating technologies and evaluating their effectiveness in commercial and larger residential buildings by undertaking certain pilot projects through its affiliate, Burlington Electricity Services Inc.

“The plant is self-contained and portable, while remaining suitable for permanent relocation in the future,” said City of Burlington Mayor Rick Goldring. “It represents a positive step forward in the implementation of an important piece of the Community Energy Plan.”

Once interconnections into the building's electrical supply and heating system have been completed, the unit will commence operating, producing 90 kW of electricity and sufficient heat for most of the BHEI building. 

“Residents may have noticed the cogeneration plant which is being housed in a brightly wrapped building about the size of a bus at the south end of the Burlington Hydro building,” said Rick Craven, Ward 1 Councillor. “It’s a unique generation pilot project which we’re pleased to see housed locally in the Tyandaga neighbourhood.”

District heating provides heat for multiple buildings from a single heating plant.  Hot water or steam is distributed to these buildings through underground piping.  This is an efficient source of energy as district heating systems operate at higher efficiencies than individual heating systems in buildings. 

As Gerry Smallegange, BHEI President and CEO, explains, “cogeneration involves the production of electricity and heat simultaneously from a single fuel source.  This is more efficient as the heat normally generated through conventional generation is not wasted.” 

BHEI is pleased to donate the lumber from the structure’s temporary shell at the construction site to Habitat for Humanity Halton, where it will be re-purposed.

An official ceremony will be held later this spring once the plant is complete and connected into the Burlington Hydro building,