Red Rock bioenergy project
Operated at the PRT Red Rock nursery in northern British Columbia, our commercial-scale bioenergy project uses woody biomass grown on-site to heat more than two acres of forest seedling greenhouses.
In 2009, we planted a short rotation intensive culture (SRIC) crop of willow and poplar on 75 acres of former bareroot seedling fields. Initial harvesting began in 2011, with full-scale production planned for 2012, when the crop will be harvested and stored and then converted into heat using high-efficiency, low-emission bioenergy boiler technology developed in BC.
The system will supply 9,000 gigajoules (8,540 million BTU) of heat energy annually, effectively displacing about 500 tons of carbon dioxide emissions from natural gas combustion. Additionally, the nursery, which produces six to ten million forest seedlings annually, will benefit from reduced heating costs over the long term. Future biomass crops will be harvested to provide a consistent supply every year, with the plantation life expected to be 25 to 30 years.
Bionera’s Red Rock bioenergy project is supported by British Columbia’s Innovative Clean Energy Fund and by the Industrial Research Assistance Program of National Research Council Canada.