Lakeland College is in the process of commissioning a gasification demonstration unit. The unit was previously owned by Alberta Innovates Bio-Solutions (AI-Bio), and had been operated recently by Alberta Innovates Technology Futures (AI-TF).
Three phase power is currently being run to the site from the main campus, and once completed, the unit should be fully operational. Initial testing and minor repairs are complete.
The unit creates both heat and electrical energy from biomass. In this system, wood chips are used as a feedstock and the gas produced is combusted along with diesel fuel in a 50 kW diesel electric generator. The residual heat can also be collected and used. For demonstration purposes, the heat generated during operation will be piped to the new Bio-Energy Centre to offset building heating requirements. The unit is self-contained within a 40 foot customized shipping container, with external 3-phase power optimally available for start-up and stand-by conditions. The support of AI-Bio in transferring ownership of this equipment to Lakeland College enables the continued development of applied research expertise in biomass to energy conversion, and further develops the integration of energy technologies at the Centre for Sustainable Innovation (CSI).
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