Locals get peek at Tignish district heating system
September 22, 2017
Local residents were recently able to attend an information session and behind-the-scenes look into the Tignish District Heating Project in Prince Edward Island. The under-construction heating system will use a hot water boiler, fueled by wood chips, along with underground piping, valves, heat exchangers and energy meters to generate and deliver heat for 10 commercial buildings in the core of Tignish, which is the northwestern most town in PE.
The system will include a new boiler house and an underground hot water piping network coupled together with a state-of-the-art control system. The technology will heat water in a central plant with locally sourced woodchips to heat local commercial buildings. Roughly 500 tonnes of locally harvested woodchips will replace 200,000 litres of furnace oil each heating season. The project is the first of its kind on the island and is expected to reduce the region’s carbon footprint and help to build a cleaner energy supply that generates sustainable economic development for the community.