VANCOUVER, July 24, 2012 /CNW/ - Nexterra Systems Corp. (www.nexterra.ca), the US Department of Energy and Johnson Controls Inc. recently
celebrated the Grand Opening and dedication of the biomass gasification
energy plant at the US Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National
Laboratory (ORNL) in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. After a rigorous and
comprehensive testing program which included a 30 day endurance trial,
third party emissions tests and an exhaustive readiness review, the
system was officially declared open by the DOE and ready for full
commercial operation. The system is the sixth Nexterra system to enter
The Nexterra system is a cornerstone of a $94 million Energy Savings
Performance Contract (ESPC) for Johnson Controls to undertake a wide
range of building management and energy conservation measures at ORNL.
Nexterra supplied the complete energy-from-renewable-waste system, from
fuel handling and storage through to the exhaust stack. The system
converts low-cost waste biomass into a clean burning syngas to produce
60,000 lbs/hr of saturated steam, reducing fossil fuel consumption by
80 per cent. The system will reduce greenhouse gas emissions by over
20,000 tonnes per year. This is the equivalent of removing 4,000 cars
from the road each year.
"This project demonstrates that public institutions and private
companies can partner to supply innovative clean-energy technologies on
a large scale," said ORNL Site Office Manager Johnny Moore. "The
biomass plant will also provide an opportunity for researchers to
gather important data from a large-scale biomass process."
"Johnson Controls and Nexterra combined expertise and leading technology
to create a winning solution for ORNL," said Iain Campbell, Vice
President and General Manager, Johnson Controls. "The results of this
teamwork will have a positive impact on the campus, the local community
and the environment."
"We are very proud to have been part of this project," said Mike Scott,
President and CEO of Nexterra. "It is another great demonstration that
our energy-from-renewable-waste systems are of the highest quality and
can meet the most demanding customer requirements while delivering
world-class emissions performance. Our systems now have over 100,000
hours of operation in a range of institutional and industrial
The Johnson Controls contract for ORNL was among the first awarded under
the Department of Energy's Transformational Energy Action Management
(TEAM) Initiative. TEAM aims to reduce energy waste and greenhouse
gases at DOE facilities nationwide by 30 per cent and have those
facilities acquire at least 7.5 per cent of all energy from renewable
sources by 2015.
See Nexterra Profile and links to ORNL and JCI Profiles below.
About Nexterra Systems Corp. - Nexterra is a leading provider of plant-scale,
energy-from-renewable-waste systems that generate energy and fuels for
a range of customers, including District Energy providers, Industrial process plant operators and Independent Power Producers. Nexterra systems integrate seamlessly with customer operations,
providing both environmental and operational advantages, including high reliability and class-leading emissions performance.
Nexterra has successfully supplied commercial gasification systems for
projects at the US Department of Energy, Dockside Green, Kruger
Products, the University of Northern BC and Tolko Industries.
More information is available at: www.nexterra.ca
About Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL)
More information is available at: www.ornl.gov
About Johnson Controls, Inc.
For additional information, please visit: www.johnsoncontrols.com
SOURCE: Nexterra Systems Corp.
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