Next Generation of Nexterra Gasification Systems Ready for the World
VANCOUVER, Sept. 13, 2012 /CNW/ - Nexterra Systems Corp. (www.nexterra.ca), the University of British Columbia (www.ubc.ca) and GE (www.ge.com) today celebrated the successful completion of an
energy-from-renewable-waste combined heat and power (CHP) system
located at UBC's Vancouver campus. This is North America's first
commercial demonstration of a transformative system that combines
Nexterra's gasification and syngas conditioning technologies with one
of GE's high-efficient Jenbacher internal combustion engines.
GE's Jenbacher gas engine will produce 2 MW (megawatts) of clean,
renewable electricity that will offset UBC's existing power
consumption, enough to power approximately 1,500 homes. The Nexterra
system will also generate 3 MW of thermal energy, enough steam to
displace up to 12 percent of UBC's natural gas consumption. This will
reduce UBC's greenhouse gas emissions by up to 5,000 tonnes per year
which is the equivalent of taking more than 1,000 cars off the road.
The successful start-up of the project at UBC - officially named the
"Bioenergy Research and Demonstration Facility (BRDF)" - represents an
important milestone in Nexterra's quest to reliably convert low-value
waste feedstocks into higher value renewable fuels and chemicals. The
system has completed a comprehensive testing program for reliability,
capacity and emissions, and has successfully connected to the grid.
Using Nexterra's proven gasification technology platform and innovative
gas clean-up and thermal cracking solution, the system converts
locally-sourced waste wood into a clean, reliable gas that is suitable
for use in a high-efficiency, industrial-scale gas engine to produce
heat and power. The system will deliver global electrical efficiencies
that are 25% higher than traditional methods for producing
biomass-based electricity at this scale.
The start-up of the system represents the culmination of more than four
years of product development work and collaboration with GE's Gas
Engines business. Prior to installing the gas engine at UBC, Nexterra
successfully completed more than 5,000 hours of trials at its Product
Development Center in Kamloops BC.
"This exciting facility targets a major challenge facing society - the
need for new, clean energy solutions that work at a community scale,"
says UBC President Stephen Toope. "This is a flagship example of UBC as
a living laboratory, where researchers, staff, students and partners
collaborate on innovations targeting the pressing challenges of our
"With the track record at the Product Development Centre and the
successful start-up of GE's ecomagination-qualified Jenbacher gas
engine at UBC, Nexterra is well on the road to delivering a renewable
biomass CHP solution that meets the demanding real-world reliability
requirements of district energy providers and distributed power
producers worldwide," said Roger George, General Manager, North
America, GE Gas Engines. Ecomagination represents GE's commitment to providing innovative solutions that
maximize resources, drive efficiencies and help make the world work
"This project represents a significant milestone for Nexterra and we are
thankful to our partners for helping to make this a tremendous
success," said Mike Scott, President and CEO of Nexterra. "We are
seeing significant interest in this next-generation solution from
around the globe. We look forward to further proving the system out at
UBC and then replicating this system worldwide."
"Our government's approach to resource development means investing in
the development of innovative renewable energy technologies that create
jobs and generate new economic opportunities," said Wai Young, Member
of Parliament for Vancouver South, on behalf of the Honourable Joe
Oliver, Canada's Minister of Natural Resources. "Today's announcement
demonstrates our tangible support for renewable energy projects that
increase energy efficiency and drive innovation."
"For innovative technologies to have a real impact, they need to be
commercialized and used in the market," said Dr. Vicky Sharpe,
President and CEO of Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC).
"Nexterra's CHP system is taking a big step in that direction today. We
congratulate Nexterra and their partners on the milestone met today."
"Our government is proud to have supported this project from day one
because we have made education and research a top priority," says John
Yap, Minister of Advanced Education, Innovation and Technology,
representing the provincial government which contributed $7 million to
the project through several ministries and departments.
"As a catalyst for the BC Bioenergy industry, we've been pleased to
support Nexterra's syngas cleaning technology development," said
Michael Weedon, Executive Director of the BC Bioenergy Network. "It is
excellent to see this innovative technology deployed commercially here
at UBC and, with the ongoing research partnership with UBC, Nexterra is
well poised to advance the industry here at home and in new export
"With this project, Nexterra, UBC and GE have advanced the industry's
clean energy efforts significantly, thereby solidifying the Canadian
expertise in green energy," said Jean Hamel, Pulp, Paper and
Bioproducts Vice-President, FPInnovations.
Designed by McFarland Marceau Architects, UBC's CHP bioenergy system is
housed in a remarkable building that was constructed using
cross-laminate timber (CLT), a new solid wood building material that
can be used as a low carbon, renewable alternative to steel frame
construction. This will be one of the first CLT buildings in North
America and will demonstrate its market potential for the forest
Funding support this project was provided by: the Government of Canada
(Natural Resources Canada and Western Economic Diversification Canada);
the Province of British Columbia (BC Innovative Clean Energy Fund and
the Ministry of Forests, Mines and Lands); Sustainable Development
Technologies Canada (SDTC), the BC Bioenergy Network and FP
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 University of British Columbia, the US Department of
Energy's Oak Ridge National Lab, Dockside Green, Kruger Products, the
University of Northern BC and Tolko Industries. More information is
available at: www.nexterra.ca
Image with caption: "The Nexterra gasifier at UBC's new combined heat and power (CHP) facility in Vancouver, BC opened on September 13, 2012. (CNW Group/Nexterra Systems Corp.)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20120913_C6386_PHOTO_EN_17842.jpg
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