Location | Yellowknife, Northwest Territories
Sector | Energy, Resources, Industry
Market | Renewable Energy
Project Delivery Method: Energy Feasibility Study
Discipline | Civil, Mechanical
Williams Engineering Canada (WEC) was part of the team of experts hired by the City of Yellowknife to conduct a feasibility study for the use of warm groundwater for building heating. The groundwater is in the process of filling up the soon to be decommissioned Con Mine, one of the gold mines that put Yellowknife on the map.
Led by a mining expert from University of British Columbia (UBC), the team analyzed the factors including:
By the final phase of the study, the team honed in on the downtown core as the most economic recipient for district heating from Con Mine groundwater and incorporated back-up biomass boilers into a schematic design for a sustainable system to provide heating to downtown buildings. Although the costs appeared quite high compared to current energy costs, the technical feasibility was affirmed and the concept may be incorporated into a sustainable energy future for Yellowknife.