Facilities Operations and Development has mandated the engineering firm Bouthillette Parizeau to work on a project to improve the efficiency and operations of the energy distribution systems on the Macdonald Campus. Innovation and energy conservation are at the heart of this endeavour.
The project consists of four phases. First, to capture a portrait of the energy used on campus, Bouthillette Parizeau performed energy audits of the buildings and the Power Plant. Through this process, they determined potential energy conservation measures whose viability they then evaluated through feasibility studies. The design team drafted several proposals combining these measures. Three of these proposals will be presented to the Macdonald Campus Community:
- The first proposal is a mix of conventional measures to be implemented in the buildings and the Power Plant, with an innovating concept using the water of Lac Saint-Louis. This option offers the possibility to reuse the old water treatment facility located in the Power Plant. The energy extracted from the water of Lac Saint-Louis will be transferred into a new low-temperature network to heat a number of buildings on Campus.
- The second proposal is a combination of conventional measures to be implemented in the buildings and the Power Plant, along with a biomethanation solution to produce biogas, an alternative fuel for the Power Plant. Organic waste such as manure, agricultural waste, or table waste generated on campus or by other sources will be turned into biogas through an anaerobic process.
- The third proposal only counts purely conventional measures to be implemented in the buildings and the Power Plant.
Once the final proposal is chosen, the design team will work on the third phase of the project, the plans and specifications. The last phase of the project, construction, is scheduled to begin during summer 2012.