EU-Can BioPower Exchange Partnership: Empowering the Skills, Knowledge and Know-how in Teaching and Learning Bioenergy Entrepreneurship

The BIC is a part of a larger Nipissing University project that is intended to promote bioenergy as a clean and renewable form of energy, enabling Canadian, Finnish and Slovak students to become professionals in the bio-economy. It aims at promoting awareness, knowledge, educational know-how and innovations in renewable energy.Click here to link to the project website.

Partnering Institutions include:

  • Nipissing University (North Bay, Ontario);
  • Collège communautaire du Nouveau-Brunswick (various cities, New Brunswick);
  • La Cité collégiale (Ottawa, Ontario);
  • North Karelia University of Applied Sciences (Joensuu, Finland);
  • Slovak University of Agriculture (Nitra, Slovakia);

Expected outcomes include:
  • 50 students from the partner institutions will be given the opportunity to complete credited exchange (studies or internship) in the bioenergy sector. 15 students from Nipissing University will have the opportunity to participate.
  • Four online courses and/or course components (case studies, projects, etc.) will be developed in the field of bioenergy.
  • One research project (minimum) will be developed on subjects related to bioenergy and carried out by professors involved in the project; and at least one collaborative initiative held (seminar, conference and/or workshop) involving scholars, students and companies.
  • Six faculties will be given the opportunity to participate in exchanges.

Student Exchange:

In the Fall 2011, Nipissing University hosted seven students from the Slovak University of Agriculture. Each student participated in an independent research project with the Biomass Innovation Centre. The results of some of these projects are listed below:

Jan Kostolany – Slovak University of Agriculture Case Study: Garden Village District Biomass Heating
This was a study about the feasibility, costs and possible benefits of placing a wood pellet boiler for community district heating in a new subdivision at Garden Village, a Nipissing First Nation community outside of North Bay.
Report- Garden Village District Biomass Heating
Presentation– Garden Village District Biomass Heating

Tomas Magath - Slovak University of Agriculture Case Study: Retrofit from Natural Gas to Wood Pellet Heating
This case study shows what implications there are for businesses considering a retrofit from a fossil fuel heating system to a renewable biomass heating system. This case specifically shows conversion from a natural gas to a wood pellet heating system using the maintenance building at the Jack Garland Airport in North Bay as an example.
Report– Retrofit from Natural Gas to Wood Pellet Heating
Presentation– Retrofit from Natural Gas to Wood Pellet Heating

Faculty Exchange:

In September 2011, Nipissing University hosted project partners from Finland and Slovakia for a series of project meetings. The group included Dr. Lasse Okkonen from the North Karelia University of Applied Sciences. While he was here, Dr. Okkonen gave a presentation entitled Developing Forest Models for Local Forest Energy.

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