Nexterra biomass gasification system wins GLOBE Award for Technology Innovation and Application

    VANCOUVER, March 14 /CNW/ - Nexterra Energy Corp., the Vancouver-based
biomass gasification company, whose technology converts waste biomass into
clean-burning "syngas" to displace fossil fuels, has won the prestigious GLOBE
Award for Technology Innovation and Application at the internationally
recognized GLOBE Awards for Environmental Excellence.
    The award was presented to Nexterra's CEO Jonathan Rhone by Canada's
Minister of Natural Resources, Gary Lunn. In addition, Victoria's Dockside
Green, a 15-acre, 26-building waterfront development, which will use
Nexterra's technology to supply heat energy, won the GLOBE Award for
Excellence in Urban Sustainability.
    Judged by a panel of experts recognized in the Canadian business
community, the GLOBE Awards celebrate outstanding achievement in environmental
stewardship. The awards were presented at a gala dinner on Thursday, March 13,
held in conjunction with GLOBE 2008, the 10th biennial trade fair and
conference on business and the environment.
    Nexterra's technology has demonstrated to customers that they can reduce
costs and become more energy self-efficient, while significantly lowering
greenhouse gas emissions and harmful air contaminants from some of the largest
point source industries and institutions in North American communities.
Nexterra is developing new market applications through powerful relationships
with industry leaders, including Johnson Controls, Domtar, Tolko Industries,
Dockside Green and Pristine Power.
    "Nexterra is deeply honoured to receive this prestigious award," said
Jonathan Rhone, President and CEO of Nexterra. "Tonight's awards demonstrate
that companies no longer have to choose between what's good for the
environment and what's good for the bottom line."
    The criteria for the Technology Innovation and Application Award
includes: Excellence in translating innovation concepts into successful
commercial production; success in developing or applying technology that acts
to substantially reduce environmental impacts, while contributing to overall
efficiency and operational improvement; and an ability to adapt or apply
technology to meet changing environmental priorities and applications.
    Other nominees for the Technology Innovation and Application Award
included the Ford Motor Company of Canada (manufacturing plant emission
reduction), Paradigm Environmental Technologies Inc. (wastewater treatment)
and Trojan Technologies (water disinfection systems).

    About Nexterra Energy Corp. - Nexterra Energy is a leading developer and
supplier of advanced gasification systems for thermal and cogeneration
applications in the forest products, pulp and paper, institutional,
residential district heating and power generation sectors. Nexterra systems
enable industrial and institutional customers to self-generate clean, low cost
heat and/or power using wood waste, significantly reducing both fuel costs and
greenhouse gas emissions. Nexterra is a private company based in Vancouver,
BC, Canada. For more information, please visit:

    Photos and illustrations of Nexterra's technology and photos from the
GLOBE Awards presentations are available upon request.

For further information:

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

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