FORT SASKATCHEWAN, Alta.—Industrial sites near Edmonton generate enough waste heat to power 5,100 Alberta homes and heat another 15,200 in the province, according to a new study, all while reducing carbon emissions in the region by 151,000 tonnes.
Undertaken to understand the energy flows and associated waste energy in the region, the Community Integrated Energy Mapping Feasibility Study found that 97 megawatts of waste energy could be applied towards other uses.
Data for the study was collected from 16 industrial firms working in the Strathcona County and Alberta’s Industrial Heartland areas near Edmonton, and was used under the assumption that approximately 33 per cent of the total available waste energy could be captured and repurposed.
“The results of the study indicate a positive value proposition for further industry and government engagement in implementation actions that reduce GHG emissions, improve competitiveness, enhance efficiency and contribute to economic diversification,” Carbon Management Canada (CMC) representative and project lead Jeff Reading said in a statement.
The study was a partnership between CMC Research Institutes, Alberta Innovates—Technology Futures (AITF), and Alberta’s Industrial Heartland Association (AIHA).
It was funded by Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) and AIHA.
Companies that participated in the study include: Agrium Inc.; Air Liquide Canada; Air Products and Chemicals Inc.; AltaSteel Ltd.; ATCO Energy Solutions Ltd.; Keyera Corp.; North West Redwater Partnership, Oerlikon Metco (Canada) Inc.; Plains Midstream Canada ULC; Rio Tinto Alcan Inc.; Shell Canada Ltd.; Sherritt International Inc.; Suncor Energy Inc.; Umicore N.V.; Veresen Inc.; and Western Hydrogen Ltd.