Adamson Power Station
The Symons Campus at Trent University is divided by the fast flowing Otonabee River, part of the Trent-Severn Waterway system. Trent was unique in the Canadian university sector in that it originally owned and operated a hydro-electric power station. Originally, the university was conceived as an “all hydro” institution that would use only hydro-electricity for its energy needs. A powerhouse was gifted to the University by Canadian General Electric (CGE) along with over 100 areas of land. Named after CGE executive and early Trent booster Stan Adamson, the power station boasts an early-20th century industrial style with large, symmetrical arched windows, yellow brick, and a concrete base where 3 turbines with a generating capacity of 2,400 KW once existed. In 2012, Trent Energy Inc. took over the ownership and operations of the power station and upgraded the generating equipment to modern standards.
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