VANCOUVER, Sept. 13, 2011 /CNW/ - Nexterra Systems Corp. announced today
that it has signed a $6.9 million (USD) contract to deliver a biomass
gasification system for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Medical
Center (VAMC) in Battle Creek, Michigan. The state-of-the-art biomass
gasification system will provide clean, carbon-neutral heat and power
to the medical center.
The total cost of the project is $18 million (USD) and it will be
delivered in partnership with DeMaria Building Company and HGA
Architects. Switching from fossil fuel to biomass supports the
Department of Veterans Affairs' objectives of achieving a 30 percent
reduction in greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) by 2020, producing a
minimum of 7.5 percent of electricity from renewable sources.
"Biomass gasification is the cleanest, most cost effective way for
health care facilities and other public institutions to lower their
fuel costs and GHGs," says Jonathan Rhone, Nexterra President and CEO.
"This project is a significant commercial milestone for Nexterra as we
expand into the health care market. We are pleased to support the
Department of Veterans Affairs in becoming a leader in on-site
Switching from fossil fuels to carbon neutral biomass will allow the
VAMC to cut its GHG emissions by approximately 14,000 tons per year,
reducing its carbon footprint by approximately 80 percent. This would
be the equivalent of removing 3,500 cars from the road annually. The
move also enables the facility to meet the requirements of the Obama
Administration's Executive Order 13514, which declared the U.S. Federal
government's commitment to reducing its GHGs by 28 percent by 2020.
The 28 MMBtu/hr gasification system will be designed to supply the
facility with 2 MW of renewable electrical power and 14,000 pounds per
hour of saturated steam. By utilizing locally-sourced residual biomass,
which is in plentiful supply in the region surrounding Battle Creek,
Michigan, the VAMC will reduce its dependence on fossil fuels, leverage
its operational spending locally in support of local industry and
divert debris from landfill.
About Nexterra Systems Corp. - Nexterra Systems is a leading supplier of biomass gasification
solutions that generate renewable heat, power and syngas for
institutional and industrial customers. Working to the highest
standards with world leading partners, such as General Electric,
Nexterra has successfully supplied commercial gasification systems for
projects at the US Department of Energy, University of South Carolina,
Dockside Green, Kruger Products, the University of Northern BC and
Tolko Industries. www.nexterra.ca
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