Generating electricity creates a lot of heat. Prism Engineering has been working with BC Hydro’s Lead by Example team on an innovative heat recovery project at BC Hydro’s G.M. Shrum Generating Station that will harness that heat and save energy.

The new heat recovery system consists of ductwork, dampers and automatic controls that send recovered heat to where it is needed most – protecting the power generation equipment and the fire prevention system from freezing. Reusing the heat generated by equipment in the plant allows a significant reduction in the use of electric heaters without compromising space functionality or comfort. This translates into an estimated 2,000,000 kWh of savings each year. With this substantial energy efficiency upgrade, one of BC’s largest hydroelectric generating stations is leading the way in heat recovery.