MISSISSAUGA, ONT. — Bird Construction Inc. has entered into an alliance agreement with renewable energy company Noventa Energy Partners to pursue opportunities for wastewater energy transfer (WET) projects across Canada. Bird will be acting as the exclusive constructor, the companies announced Oct. 26.
The WET projects will deploy the Huber ThermWin System. Noventa Energy is the exclusive distributor in Canada and the United States.
The alliance relationship began with the successful financial close of the approximately $42.9 million Toronto Western Hospital WET project, funded with the support of the Canada Infrastructure Bank, VanCity Community Investment Bank and a grant from Canada’s Low Carbon Economy Fund.
The project will provide over 19MW of low-carbon thermal energy to the hospital facility, about 90 per cent of the hospital’s heating and cooling requirements.
The project included the construction of an underground vault which will house 16 Huber wastewater heat exchangers and five chiller/heat pumps, the excavation of a 38-metre-deep wet well that will be connected to the sewer main and the retrofit of the hospital’s existing heating steam system to a low-temperature, hot water system and provision of chilled water cooling, explains a release issued by the companies.
“Wastewater is a relatively untapped renewable energy source that is underutilized in North America, and working closely with our partner, we are excited to bring this valuable, sustainable solution to institutions across Canada,” said Teri McKibbon, president and CEO of Bird, in a statement. “I am particularly proud of Bird’s participation in this inaugural project, and recognize the substantial opportunity created through the alliance agreement, as well as the positive alignment of this innovation with a lower carbon future. We continue to see value building through our focus on collaboration and leveraging our diverse and innovative offerings, both of which contribute to continued growth and consistent, long-term shareholder value.”