University of Calgary – CHP Tour (In partnership with DOYYC)

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Date(s) - 23/Sep
10:00 am - 3:30 pm

University of Calgary


The University of Calgary welcomes the Calgary community to join us for  Green Energy Doors Open & Doors Open YYC. The University of Calgary staff will offer guided tours of the cogeneration facility on September 23 from 10am to 3:30pm.


  • Guided tours and presentations will be offered every half hour starting at 10am. The last tour will be at 3:30 pm.
  • Tours will start at the main entrance of the Cogen Plant. Safety equipment will be provided to participants as they tour the facility.
  • Tours will be limited to 15 participants at a time. Hearing protection is required and ear plugs will be provided.


Paid parking is available in Lot 51 on the south side of Yamnuska Hall.  The main campus is easily accessible by Calgary Transit. Route 31 and 72


You will be guided through this world class facility, and will see:

o               the cogeneration skid which contains the turbine engine and the electrical generator

o               the gas compressor

o               the heat recovery boiler

o               high temp hot water distribution pumps

o               neutral grounding resistors

o               30m tall exhaust stack

  • This Central Heating & Cooling Plant Cogeneration System Facility (Cogen Plant) takes the natural gas normally used to produce heat and instead uses it to run a gas turbine that generates electricity for the campus.
  • The waste heat produced by the turbine is used to heat all of the buildings on the main campus. By using this waste heat, a total energy efficiency of 75 percent can be achieved. This compares to around 49 percent efficient use of natural resources to produce electricity and heat in the conventional manner.
  • In all, the cogeneration plant generates 12 megawatts of electrical power—enough electricity to power the equivalent of 12,000 homes. It also exports power to an Enmax Power Corp. substation. It runs more quietly than the former facility, reducing total noise to levels significantly below City of Calgary standards.
  • The university’s Cogen Plant is part of UCalgary’s commitment to sustainability and to becoming a carbon-neutral campus.
  • For more than 40 years, the university has met its demand for energy by using the traditional approach of purchasing electricity from the power company and acquiring natural gas to burn in boilers to produce heat required to serve the campus.
  • Since the original plant was constructed in the 1960s, its equipment was at the end of its service life in 2011 and was undersized to meet the requirements of the growing campus footprint. Cogeneration is a very popular technology and many campuses across Canada have adopted it as a clever and sustainable option.
  • In 2011, the University of Calgary worked with Stantec Consulting to convert its central heating and cooling plant into a cogeneration facility that cuts CO2 emissions by 80,000 tonnes annually, far below both national and global standards.


Bookings are closed for this event.