This BCSEA webinar looks at how woody biomass can be used effectively and sustainably to reduce fossil fuel consumption for commercial, institutional, municipal and micro grid district heating deployments.
It discusses basic fundamentals of biomass heating based on European principles and “off the shelf” technology. It reviews biomass supply/source, capital costs, economics, best practises for design, energy costing, review of current projects in BC (the Good, the Bad and the Ugly) such as Dockside Green, UBC, Lillooet, Burns Lake, Granisle and others.
This Webinar was presented with the generous assistance of Vancity, Canada's largest Credit Union.
Presenter: David Dubois, Project Coordinator, Wood Waste to Rural Heat
David has a number of years of experience developing a biomass heating sector in British Columbia working as the project coordinator for the Wood Waste to Rural Heat project (previously the Green Heat Initiative) of Community Futures East Kootenay. In that role he conducted nearly 20 technical feasibility analyses and economic analyses of biomass heating and district energy systems for a variety of First Nations, local governments, schools, health care facilities and businesses. The systems ranged from single buildings to the entire heat demand for a 300 person remote First Nation Community.
David is currently working with UBC and the Community Energy Association researching how biomass from Wildfire Mitigation can be used as fuel system for district heating. He organized, led and presented in over half a dozen bioenergy conferences and sessions including presentations at the 2012 Chemical Engineering conference, the 2012 Canadian Bioenergy Association Conference. David has also worked as an advisor and consultant on a variety of aspects of projects including initial project identification, evaluation and finally deployment.
David brings a diverse background of skills ranging including technical, finance, and marketing. Prior to work in the biomass heating sector he worked in the commercial finance industry as an auditor evaluating credit risk and collateral condition for GE Commercial Distribution Finance. He also worked doing research designing biomass filtration devices for use in the agriculture, pulp and paper, and oil and gas sector. David attended the University of Alberta in Edmonton and received a degree in Chemical Engineering.