Biomont biomass cogeneration plant

Biomont Biomass Cogeneration Plant

Where: Montreal
When: May 29, 2019 | 2 to 4 pm
Max.: 45 participants
Departure/Arrival: Main entrance of Hotel DELTA  (475 President-Kennedy Avenue, Montréal, Québec)
Group lead: Johanne Whitmore, HEC Montréal
Price: CAN$25



Since September 2017, the Biomont plant uses the biogas produced by the decay of organic matter from the old Saint-Michel dump (on the site of the former Miron quarry), to produce electricity and heat through a cogeneration process. This process values the biogas, burning it in engines, which drives the alternators and therefore produces electrical energy, which is then feed into the electrical grid. Heat exchangers make it possible to recover the heat produced by combustion and by the engine cooling circuit, which is used to heat buildings (Cirque du Soleil headquarters and TOHU Cultural Center) through an underground network. This process enables these companies to use much less natural gas and electricity for their heating systems.

The Biomont Cogeneration Plant, which combines economics and ecology, has taken over from the Gazmont power plant, which operated from 1996 to 2014. The Biomont Énergie company was created in partnership between the companies Valeco Énergie Québec, Éolectric and Fondaction.


2:00 pm: Departure from the main entrance of Hotel DELTA (bus will be waiting for participants at 475 President-Kennedy Avenue, Montréal, Québec).

2:30 pm (Part 1): General presentation of the Biomont Biomass Cogeneration Plant
Welcoming of participants by Biomont representative, followed by a general presentation of the company and the Biomass Cogeneration Plant (history, business, regulatory and policy context, operations, etc.). Open discussion with participants.

3:00 pm (Part 2):  Guided tour of the Biomass Cogeneration Plant facility

  • Exterior components of the plant: the flare and the cooling systems;
  • The engine room: electricity generation and engine operation;
  • Heating system and its use by Cirque du Soleil and TOHU.

3:45 pm: Departure from the Biomont biomass cogeneration plant

4:00 pm: Arrival to Hotel DELTA

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