Nexterra Systems Corp., the University of British Columbia and GE celebrated the successful completion of an energy-from-renewable-waste combined heat and power (CHP) system located at UBC's Vancouver campus in September. The Bioenergy Research & Demonstration Facility is the first demonstration of its kind in the world of a community-scale heat and power system fuelled by biomass.
The system, fueled by biomass, creates synthesis (syn) gas that is then burned, in raw form, to produce steam or it is conditioned to create ultra clean syn gas that is injected into an internal combustion engine used to generate electricity. The system provides heat and power to The University of British Columbia’s Vancouver campus. It facilitates research to develop feedstock (fuel) and process innovations, set new global standards for performance and emissions and lowers the campus’s greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs) and fossil fuel consumption.
UBC’s Bioenergy Research and Demonstration Facility (BRDF) will generate enough clean electricity to power 1,500 homes and will supply up to 12 percent of UBC’s heat requirements. It will reduce UBC’s natural gas consumption by 12 per cent and campus greenhouse gas emissions by 9 per cent (5,000 tonnes), the equivalent of taking 1,000 cars off the road.
To read more on this you can refer to: http://sustain.ubc.ca/research/signature-research-projects/bioenergy-research-and-demonstration-facility
Co-sponsors : Canadian Society for Bioengineering & Canadian Society for Chemical Engineering
The 62nd Canadian Chemical Engineering Conference is being held in Vancouver, BC from October 14-17 2012. One of the symposium running parallel to the main conference is the International Symposium of Biomass and Bioenergy. It’s Co-sponsored by Canadian Society for Bioengineering & Canadian Society for Chemical Engineering.
For conference information and abstract submission please refer to: www.csche2012.ca
**Abstracts primarily devoted to gasification should be submitted to i-SGA-3 which will be running concurrently.
NSERC Bioconversion Network Pre-treatment Workshop was held at UBC from June 4th to 6th, 2012. The Workshop featured presentations/tutorials, and interactive discussions from world renowned international experts in biomass pre-treatment technologies, pre-treatment equipment manufacturers, pulp and paper companies and end users. One of the CSBE members, Dr. Shahab Sokhansanj was among the lecturers. He made a presentation on Biomass logistics and handling.
The Biomass and Bioenergy Group (BBRG) at UBC is doing research in the area of biomass processing bridging the gap between biomass production and biomass conversion. This involves integrating all processes and management strategies from source raw biomass to just before final conversion to bio-products. BBRG involves multidisciplinary innovative research on biomass drying, size reduction, densification, torrefaction, resource assessment, characterization, and supply logistics. BBRG was founded and is led by Dr. Shahab Sokhansanj, an Adjunct Professor at UBC in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering (CHBE) and a Distinguished Research Scientist at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Dr. Sokhansanj and his colleagues Professors Xiaotao Bi (CHBE), Jim Lim (CHBE), Anthony Lau (CHBE) and Taraneh Sowlati (Wood Science) and in consultation with industry (Mr. Staffan Melin) have identified biomass processing and logistics as a key priority for the development of bioenergy in BC. BBRG’s current research and development is focused on development of pellets and torrefaction, a fast growing industry in British Columbia and Canada. In summary, the BBRG’s research addresses a number of critical issues facing the sustainability and growth of the bioenergy industry in British Columbia and in Canada.
The current energy input and output ratio of the process is not favorable especially when long distance transport is required. This makes pellets less attractive from an emissions stand point.
BBRG has been hosting a weekly seminar series on biomass and bioenergy to promote the research and development of renewable bioenergy in British Columbia. Speakers have been drawn from a variety of industries, levels of government, and academic disciplines. The seminar series also give the students of BBRG an opportunity to showcase their research results to a multi-stakeholder audience. Members of BBRG are collaborating with the designers and operational staff to develop quality specifications for feedstock and supply logistics to minimize any potential adverse environmental impact on the neighbourhood.
Members of the CERC Biomass and Bioenergy Research Group (BBRG)
At the same time, BBRG has been actively participating in many provincial and national initiatives, such as examining the potential use of mountain pine beetle killed trees in BC, the Agricultural Bioenergy Innovation Program (ABIP) of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, BC Ministry of Forests, Mines and Lands, BC Innovation Council, and Natural Resources Canada. For up to date information on research, members of the BBRG, and events see BBRG’s website at www.biomass.ubc.ca.
One of the students of BBRG, Mahmoud Ebadian, the PhD candidate at Forestry department also has recently received the two following awards:
A paper on Stratification of off-gases in stored wood pellets by Fahimeh Yazdanpanah another PhD candidate at this group was selected and presented at the WSED (World Sustainable Energy Days 2012) in Wels, Austria in Feb 2012. In December 2012, Clean Energy Research Centre open house was heldat the University of British Columbia. Biomass and Bionergy Research Group (BBRG) members received the 2nd prize at the poster competition running along the event.
The CSBE / SCGAB and CSChE will collaborate on the technical programming of the 62nd Canadian Chemical Engineering Conference (CSChE Conference) taking place in Vancouver, British Columbia on October 14-17, 2012. This collaboration will be carried out to the mutual benefit of both respective organizations and their individual members and with the additional objective to further the cause of biological engineering and chemical engineering in Canada. CSBE / SCGAB members are encouraged to work with the CSChE Conference Technical Program Committee to develop one or more joint technical sessions. These will be recognized as such in the conference program book and on the conference website. CSBE / SCGAB leaders will be shown on the Technical Program Committee lists on the website, program book and other communications vehicles.
During the past five years, the Biomass & Bioenergy Research Group (BBRG) at the University of British Columbia has conducted extensive research on wood pellet production, storage, handling, life cycle analysis, and characterization of new generation of torrefied pellets. A Collaborative Research and Development program between UBC, Wood Pellet Association of Canada (WPAC) and Natural Sciences & Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) has funded this project. The British Columbia Ministry of Forest, Natural Resources Canada, Agriculture & Agri-Food Canada, FPInnovations, Oak Ridge National Laboratory (U.S. Department of Energy), and several private sector partners have also contributed to the development of feedstock engineering research at UBC. The BBRG is organizing a 2-day Workshop at the University of British Columbia during May 17-18, 2011 to share the latest research and development on wood pellets. In addition to members of the BBRG, key members of the industry are invited to present the state of technology of wood pellet processing, handling, and market trends.
In the 4th International Bioenergy Conference and Exhibition held in Prince Gorge in June 2009, in addition to post-ers presented by Biomass and Bioenergy Research Group (BBRG) at UBC, they are also invited to speak on a panel session discussing about Bioenergy Technologies for Tomorrow. BBRG‟s PhD candidate, Zahra Tooyserkani, participated and discussed about Hydrothermal Pretreatments of Biomass for Pellet Production on behalf of all BBRG members. In the lieu of speaker‟s gift, a donation has been made in BBRG‟s name to a scholarship in Bioenergy at the University of Northern British Columbia.
Biomass and Bioenergy Research Group (BBRG) in Clean Energy Center at the University of British Columbia conducts innovative research in biomass densification, preprocessing, resource management, material characteriza-tion, and supply logistics. Below is a list of projects done or being done in BBRG:
At the ASABE Annual international Meeting in Pittsburgh last June, CSBE member, Shahab Sokhansanj was recognized with an ASABE President's citation. The citation acknowledged Shahab‟s leadership and outreach to industry and government agencies in the bioenergy engineering area on behalf of the ASABE. Shahab was also recognized for out-standing leadership as a co-chair of Bioenergy 2009 that was held October 11-14, 2009 in Bellevue, Washington.