Today is Bio Energy Day and that’s big news for Canada’s Green University. UNBC recently installed a bio-energy plant on campus to heat the main campus buildings. It was recently expanded to include the residences and the daycare. But, the plan for the future of bio-energy at the university is moving on to the next stage. It hopes to look at not just heat production, but also food production and even converting entire communities to bio-energy.
As part of the university’s bio-energy plant, students in the Environmental Sciences program are using the ash generated at the plant as a soil supplement. The are looking at how well grasses grow in soil with ash added and that in which there is no ash.
The hope is, with approval from the federal government, to produce it as a soil amendment en masse.