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Sewage heat, biomass fuel could green Cambie corridor

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http://vancouver.24hrs.ca/2013/07/31/sewage-heat-biomass-fuel-could-green-cambie-corridor-study

sewage heat station or a biomass plant placed near the Marine Drive SkyTrain station are two suggested options for a $100-million plan to green the Cambie Street corridor. According to Chris Baber, the City of Vancouver’s neighbourhood energy manager, a study found those two options as potentials for the plan, which aims to replace all heating boilers in the corridor with a network of heated water pipes pumped out by the proposed south Vancouver plant. Boilers are expected to be switched out as they expire. A sewage line currently runs directly underneath Cambie, and heat generated by that line could be converted at a plant to potentially feed the entire corridor. Another option is a biomass plant, which would burn or gasify wood waste to generate heat. Both options could potentially reduce 80% of existing emissions, Baber said. The funding should be recuperated through heating bills, Baber said, and he expects the project to be completed around 2016.

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