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Biomass sourcing for gasifier at UBC Point Grey campus : synthesis report Eaton, Ashleigh; Ho, Christopher; Karu, Christopher


The UBC Bioenergy Research and Demonstration Project is a sustainability initiative on the UBC campus designed to help meet the University‟s sustainability goals. The project is planned to offset 5% electricity use and 12% steam use through a biomass power plant whereby woodbased fuel inputs will be converted into clean energy¹. The ultimate goal of the project is to eliminate up to 4,500 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions per year². The scope of this engagement is to conduct comparative analysis across four different fuel sources - hog fuel, B.C. pine beetle, municipal trimmings, and construction & demolition fuel - and select a commercial vendor to ultimately supply fuel for 80% of the plant‟s operating capacity. Fuel types were analyzed across economic, environmental, and social categories. Within these categories, each of the eight vendor candidates were evaluated across 13 criteria and 16 indicators. Ultimately, it was found that construction and demolition wood ranked as the best fuel source. As such, Urban Woodwaste Recyclers is the recommended vendor for UBC‟s biomass power plant. Disclaimer: “UBC SEEDS provides students with the opportunity to share the findings of their studies, as well as their opinions, conclusions and recommendations with the UBC community. The reader should bear in mind that this is a student project/report and is not an official document of UBC. Furthermore readers should bear in mind that these reports may not reflect the current status of activities at UBC. We urge you to contact the research persons mentioned in a report or the SEEDS Coordinator about the current status of the subject matter of a project/report.”

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