Leveraging unparalleled technical innovation to enhance system reliability, our district energy systems work to decrease demand on the power grid and lower customer costs.
Toronto Mirvish Village
|The iconic Honest Ed’s and Mirvish Village site at Bloor and Bathurst Streets in Toronto’s Annex area is being re-developed. |
Currently under construction, this community will boast five mixed-use towers within the master planned community and focuses on purpose-built rental, green space, and environmental stewardship.
- Creative Energy is developing a heating, cooling, and district energy system for the 900,000 sq.ft. development.
- The core of the system is based on generating a “behind the meter” microgrid through the use of combined heat and power (CHP) for electrical and thermal energy production.
- The thermal energy plant will also serve as a node for establishing a district heating and cooling system for future developments in the neighbourhood.
- The system also provides centralized cooling, photovoltaic solar panels, and natural gas generators which are used for both emergency power and peak shaving to avoid costly Global Adjustment charges.
- Our low-carbon system will help this 4.5 acre development exceed the Tier 2 requirements of the Toronto Green Standard, and achieve the targeted LEED Platinum rating.
- The project is currently in construction and is expected to be energized in early-2021.
Vancouver Core Redevelopment
|This project will integrate the existing 280 MW steam plant into a new Class A office tower that will create space for an estimated 6,000 workers. |
Part of this project will also see the downtown plant add low-carbon sources to the energy generation to further decarbonize downtown Vancouver’s thermal energy grid.
- Half of the Creative Energy plant that is nearing the end of its useful life will be replaced by a new plant located in the neighbouring BC Pavilion stadium, under a 50-year license agreement.
- The other half of the plant will be retrofitted underneath the new office tower development.
- A glass facade will give pedestrians viewing access to the plant, and the steam pipe headers will be featured as an art piece on the plaza.
- Biomass and/or electric boilers will be integrated into the plant to reduce the carbon content of the heat generation.
- The project will provide a necessary seismic upgrade to the structure surrounding the plant, while revitalizing the surrounding area.
|This seven-building development will place residential and commercial space along West Vancouver’s ocean shoreline.|
- Creative Energy’s district energy system will utilize a closed-loop ocean exchange system that will provide heating and cooling to the development.
- Approximately 90% of the thermal energy required by the development will be supplied from the ocean-loop system.
- Through a series of corrosion-resistant pipes placed on the seabed to a submerged heat exchanger, energy is exchanged between the development and the Pacific Ocean.
- The submerged heat exchanger accepts or rejects heat during different operating modes and depending on the season of the year – much the way a car radiator works.
- The heated or cooled water is then returned to back to the district energy facility where a heat pump system “lifts” the temperature, making the thermal energy useful for building heating and cooling purposes.
- No water is taken from or discharged to the marina.
|The existing 28-acre retail shopping mall site is being redeveloped into a 5MM+ sq.ft project that includes 14 towers, 2,600 homes, a half million sq.ft of workspace, a million sq.ft of retail space, a 10-acre city park, and numerous other cultural facilities.|
- Creative Energy is developing a 25 -30 MW district energy system that will provide space heating and cooling, and domestic hot water heating to the entire redevelopment.
- The system utilizes a combination of a closed-loop geo-exchange field, low-carbon electric boilers, and heat recovery chillers.
- The system has the potential to be expanded and/or interconnected to other new developments in the area.
- These technologies enable the plant to meet the City of Vancouver’s greenhouse gas emissions target of 70kg of CO2/MWh – equivalent to a 68% reduction in carbon emissions compared to natural gas boilers.
- At full build-out, our low-carbon plant is forecasted to reduce the equivalent emissions of taking 4,600 cars off the roads.
|Creative Energy is currently developing a new district energy cooling system for the Main Alley project. |
Five buildings near the corner of Main Street and East 5th avenue will combine to form Vancouver’s first tech start-up campus, spurring growth in the city’s tech industry.
- First district cooling system in Vancouver
- Planning for expansion and heat-recovery retrofit to utilize waste-heat and distribute low-carbon heating to the surrounding buildings.
- Life cycle modelling is demonstrating 40% lower cost compared to standalone building-scale cooling systems.
- Future storage utilizing Phase Change Technology (PCM) is being explored.