St-Félicien Cogeneration employs people and resources to be a leader in Quebec’s energy future.

St-Félicien Cogeneration Power Plant (SFC) is located in Saint-Felicien, Quebec, Canada, approximately 300 miles north of Montreal. The plant was built in 2001 with Greenleaf taking ownership in 2013.

The power plant has a net capacity of approximately 22 MW of electricity. It is capable of providing “always-on” renewable energy for as many as 23,000 homes as well as steam which is provided to the adjacent sawmill.  The biomass facility sells its electrical output to Hydro-Quebec under a long-term agreement. SFC began commercial operations in 2001 at a time when the forestry industry in Quebec produced a large amount of bark from sawmill operations and was not able to dispose of it cost effectively nor in an environmentally safe basis. SFC’s ability to recycle this material to create renewable energy is key to the future of forest health and air quality in the region. SFC also utilizes bark that was previously landfilled and is now releasing methane to the atmosphere. By using this material, SFC is reducing greenhouse gas emissions in Quebec.

Technical Details

SFC is designed to be efficient with the resources in its area. The plant has a single Cerrey boiler equipped with a Detroit Stoker vibrating grate system. SFC is equipped with urea injection for NOx control, a leader in Quebec for this technology, and multiclones and an electrostatic precipitator for capturing particulate matter. SFC has an electric grinder onsite that reduces diesel usage in the forest for material processing.  The boiler generates dry steam at high pressure and at high temperature storing a large amount of energy. This steam is used to turn a turbine-generator unit used to produce electrical energy on the Hydro Quebec network and from which part of the steam is extracted for our thermal customer, Resolute Forest Products. This technology is one of the most widespread throughout the world and is generally used as a source of economic development, thus allowing companies that consume thermal energy to prosper by reducing their operating costs.

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