Future of the Neighbourhood District Energy System at UBC

Future phases of the Neighbourhood District Energy System (NDES) project will eventually require the integration of alternative renewable energy sources to meet the ever growing energy demand. The project intends to serve new developments on UBC lands including:

  • Wesbrook Place (currently being served)
  • Stadium
  • East Campus
  • Acadia 
  • And potentially the Block F development located on the University Endowment Lands

As more residential developments are built and the community grows, the energy demand will eventually be large enough to support development of a new, permanent Central Energy Plant with a target of 60%, total energy provided from alternative and renewable energy sources. The waste heat recoverable from the existing cooling towers located at TRIUMF – Canada’s national laboratory for particle and nuclear physics, located on the south campus of UBC – has been identified as the preferred alternative energy source for the NDES.

  • TRIUMF is one of the single largest users of electricity in the Province of BC, currently consuming approximately 65 GWh of electricity per year – enough energy for 6,500 single family homes.
  • Approximately 12 MW of recoverable surplus heat from TRIUMF could be available to serve the NDES. 
  • For more information about TRIUMF, visit www.triumf.ca

Triumf Waste Heat Transfer

District Energy System at UBC