Ottawa, ON — Canada’s capital will soon have its very own carbon-neutral community on the border of Ontario and Quebec.
The Zibi Community Utility project was collaborated on by Zibi Canada, Kruger Products, and Hydro Ottawa. The 34-acre waterfront community will be home to more than 5,000 people and is expected to provide jobs to 6,000 journeypersons.
The central district energy system will be interconnected through a hydronic loop, which will provide heating and cooling. Low-grade heat from effluents will be recovered from the end of the tissue-making process from the neighbouring Kruger Products’ Gattineau tissue plant and injected into the central energy plant. In the summer, heat will be rejected through chillers into the Ottawa River to produce chilled water to cool the buildings.
“This project showcases the innovation possible within the energy sector and how we can all adapt our businesses, products and strategies for a better and healthier planet with zero-carbon, zero-waste and net-zero operations,” said Bryce Conrad, president and CEO of Hydro Ottawa.