BioEnergy Research Centre opens at Confederation College

September 10, 2014

Confederation College is celebrating the official opening of its new Ontario Power Generation BioEnergy Learning and Research Centre (OPG-BLRC), reportedly the first facility of its kind in Ontario. Biomass energy systems use forestry and agricultural products to produce heat and energy with a lower impact on the environment than traditional fuel sources. The new facility will feature state-of-the-art equipment that will provide opportunities for demonstrations, training, and applied research, and is expected to produce 80% of the total required heat load this winter for the college’s Shuniah/REACH building. “We are excited at the potential this facility offers. Through the [OPG-BLRC], Confederation College is poised to become a leader in renewable biomass energy. The potential benefits seen by the communities of our region could be significant and the research and educational opportunities will further differentiate our College as a pioneer of innovative and sustainable learning experiences,” commented Confederation President Jim Madder. Confederation News