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Saint-Félicien secures grant for waste heat recovery

Saint-Félicien secures grant for waste heat recovery
The St-Félicien Cogeneration Power Plant is located in St.-Felicien, Québec, Canada, and was built in 2001 with Greenleaf Power LLC taking ownership in 2013. The St-Félicien facility has a net capacity of approximately 22 MW of electricity which is sold to Hydro-Quebec under a long-term power purchase agreement (photo courtesy Greenleaf Power).

In Canada, organic waste pyrolysis and biocarbon developer CHAR Technologies Ltd has announced that the City of Saint-Félicien, Québec (QC) has received CA$2.8 million in government funding to support CHAR Technologies waste heat recovery system from the forest biomass cogeneration plant in Saint-Félicien.

The waste-heat recovery system is an important first step in a larger staged approach towards CHAR’s previously proposed build, own, operate (BOO) proprietary high-temperature pyrolysis (HTP) system.

The project would produce both biocarbon and green hydrogen to renewable natural gas (RNG) in Saint-Félicien, Québec (QC).

We are excited to see this major milestone, which is a key step in support towards the planned infrastructure needed to bring our facility to fruition, said Andrew White, CEO of CHAR Technologies.

Waste heat capture and utilization

The funding will be used to capture and distribute waste heat from the cogeneration plant in Saint-Félicien.

The waste heat network will be used by the Centre de Valorisation de Biomass (CVB) to dry and process biomass, which will be the feedstock supply for CHAR’s proposed HTP project.

With the kick-off of the waste heat recovery system, the MRC Domaine-du-Roy can progress towards the CVB, with the CVB’s sequential approval being the next step to allow for the implementation of the CHAR facility.

The Government of Canada is contributing CA$1.5 million under the Green Infrastructure Component of the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program.

The province of Québec is contributing CA$1.3 million through the Electrification and Climate Change Fund while the municipality of Saint-Félicien is responsible for an additional CA$1 million in funding for their project.

Once implemented, our BOO HTP facility will produce green hydrogen to RNG and biocarbon, both of which aid in the decarbonization of heavy industry. We want to congratulate Luc Gibbons, the Mayor of Saint-Félicien, Yanick Baillargeon, the Préfet of MRC Domaine-du-Roy, Nancy Guillemette, the Deputy of Roberval (CAQ), the Société de Cogénération de Saint-Félicien and everyone from their respective groups, for their hard work and commitment to advancing this project, ended Andrew White.

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