Thompson Rivers University (TRU) is looking at a $20 million campus wide energy system to save on long term energy costs.
The Director of Environmental Sustainability Jim Gudjonson says it would use wood waste to generate electricity pointing out that UBC has a similar facility three times the size of what TRU is proposing, with no impacts on air quality.
“There is a big difference between burning a log in a fireplace compared to what we are talking about here which is a gasification process,” Gudjonson said.
“Going out to the community and just making sure everyone is informed and they are on side with what we want to do.”
The city of Kamloops Director of Sustainability Glen Cheetham says the city has had some initial discussions with TRU.
“Certainly we see an opportunity to potentially connect our Canada Games Pool and TCC to a system like that.”
Gudjonson adds in the best case scenario, a small pilot project will be done over the next few years.