Royal Roads University Energy Independence Study

» Posted on Jan 15, 2017

Royal Roads University Energy Independence Study

In 2008, Farallon worked with WorleyParsons Komex and Richard Iredale Architects, to identify and evaluate opportunities for making Royal Roads University self-sufficient with respect to electricity, heat, and water (Sustainable Organization of Energy, Water and Material Flows for Royal Roads University). This work was initiated as part of the process to update the University’s Sustainability Master Plan, and to find alternative energy sources for the planned Robert Bateman Centre on the campus. The main idea generated from this work is to build an “Energy Centre” on the¬†University campus to house¬†three facilities: a gasification and cogeneration plant, a small wastewater treatment plant, and an anaerobic digester. Classrooms would be build around or adjacent to the Energy Centre, making it a “living, learning laboratory” to show learners and visitors how societal barriers to sustainable energy can be overcome.

This project also showed how the three facilities would be symbiotic: waste heat and materials from one facility would become inputs to others, making the integrated facility far more efficient than three separate facilities. Farallon subsequently provided technical advice to Douglas Enns & Associates during the business case stage of this project.