Nexterra Biomass Gasification System Fires Up at Dockside Green

    Marks Canada's First Urban Biomass Gasification Project

    VANCOUVER, June 3 /CNW/ - Nexterra Energy Corp.
( today that its biomass gasification system at
Dockside Green ( is now operational and providing heat
and hot water to residents of the award-winning $600 million green development
in Victoria, British Columbia.
    "We are delighted with the results of Nexterra's gasification system at
Dockside Green and have had overwhelming interest from the general public and
media," said Lee Davis, president and CEO of Vancity Capital. "This is a
premier showcase for clean energy technology in a truly sustainable urban
development, and we applaud Nexterra on this important achievement."
    The Dockside Green development features the latest in environmentally
friendly materials and innovative sustainable design, and is anchored by a
state-of-the-art renewable energy district heating system. Housed in a
building designed to fit into the urban neighborhood, Nexterra's proprietary
gasification system will enable the Dockside community to self-generate clean,
low-cost heat and hot water using locally sourced wood fuel and offset fossil
fuels. At peak capacity, the system will provide heat and hot water to an
estimated 2,500 Dockside residents, enabling the development to be carbon
neutral from an energy perspective, and reducing greenhouse gas emissions by
approximately 3,460 tonnes per year, or the equivalent of taking 850 cars off
the road.
    "This is a significant demonstration of the role that biomass
gasification can play in providing clean energy within urban environments,"
said Jonathan Rhone, President and CEO of Nexterra. "We fully expect that this
proven technology will be adopted as the new standard for biomass energy
systems in communities across North America."
    Commercially proven, Nexterra's gasification technology converts wood
residues such as bark, branches and sawdust into renewable synthetic gas or
"syngas" which enables customers to economically self-generate renewable heat
and/or power. Syngas is a clean burning combustible gas that can be used like
natural gas to generate heat and/or power. Recent testing at Nexterra's
installations in Canada and the U.S. has verified that particulate emissions
from those facilities are equivalent to those produced from natural gas
combustion. The combination of ultra low emissions, syngas versatility and low
cost makes Nexterra's technology ideally suited to institutional and
industrial customers in urban environments.
    The biomass gasification system at Dockside Green is owned by Dockside
Green Energy LLP, a "micro energy utility" that was created by Terasen Energy
Services, Vancity Capital, and the Corix Group of Companies to own and operate
the gasification system and administer the heat and hot water service for
Dockside Green. Government sponsors include Natural Resources Canada's
Technology Early Action Measures (TEAM) Program, and the City of Victoria.
    Nexterra is offering "Open House" tours of the Dockside plant for a
limited time. For more information, please contact

    About Nexterra Energy Corp. - Nexterra Energy is a leading supplier of
biomass gasification solutions that generate heat and power for institutional
and industrial customers. Nexterra's gasification technology is fully proven
for thermal applications to displace natural gas. Sales to date include
projects at the University of South Carolina, Dockside Green, the US
Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Lab, Kruger Products and Tolko
Industries. Nexterra is a private company based in Vancouver, BC, Canada. For
more information:

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For further information: Nexterra Energy Corp., Lori Aizer Bryenton,
Director of Communications, Tel: (604) 637-2507, Email:

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