Nexterra Receives Order from Johnson Controls for a Multi-million Dollar Biomass Gasification System at the U.S. Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory

    VANCOUVER, Sept. 12 /CNW/ - Nexterra Energy Corp. (
announced today that it has received an order from Johnson Controls Inc. for a
multi-million dollar biomass gasification system at the U.S. Department of
Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) located in Oak Ridge, Tennessee.
    The Nexterra biomass gasification system is the cornerstone of an
$89 million contract for Johnson Controls to undertake a wide range of
building management and energy conservation measures at ORNL. The ORNL campus
is home to the U.S. Department of Energy's largest science and energy
laboratory as well as the DOE's Bioenergy Science Center.
    The Nexterra system will replace ORNL's existing natural gas steam plant
by converting locally sourced woody biomass into clean burning syngas. The
syngas will produce 60,000 lbs/hr of saturated steam to displace 75 MMBtu/hr
of fossil fuel traditionally used to heat the campus. Once operational, the
system will reduce campus fossil fuel consumption by 80 per cent.
    Nexterra is supplying the complete gasification system from fuel handling
and storage through to the exhaust stack. Engineering design is underway and
the system will be delivered in late 2009.
    "This project showcases the opportunity for public institutions to
partner with the private sector to deploy innovative clean energy technologies
that can make us more energy independent," said ORNL Director Dr. Thom Mason.
"We have a terrific partner in Johnson Controls and a proven gasification
technology leader in Nexterra. The combination will help make us less reliant
on fossil fuel and at the same time enhance our bioenergy capabilities at the
practical and research levels."
    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 2010.
    The entire Johnson Controls-ORNL project will save ORNL an estimated
$8.7 million annually and reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by more than
30,000 tons per year. The Nexterra biomass gasification system will contribute
about two thirds of the GHG emissions reductions, or the equivalent of taking
5,000 cars off the road each year.
    "ORNL is the flagship energy research institution in the country and we
are very pleased to partner with Nexterra to deliver another state-of-the-art
biomass gasification system," said Don Albinger, Vice President of Renewable
Solutions at Johnson Controls. "Nexterra has consistently demonstrated that
its technology is a new standard for converting biomass into energy that is
clean, reliable, versatile and ideally suited to institutional and urban
    Jonathan Rhone, President and CEO of Nexterra, said the ORNL installation
represents a tremendous opportunity to showcase the benefits of biomass
    "We are very pleased to collaborate with Johnson Controls to support this
important project at ORNL," Rhone said. "Nexterra's biomass gasification
system will not only assist ORNL to meet its cost and GHG reduction targets,
but will also help raise the profile of biomass gasification and what it
offers in terms of increased energy security, lower costs and improved air
    An illustration of Nexterra's gasification system at ORNL, photos and a
Nexterra corporate profile are available.

    About Nexterra Energy Corp. - Nexterra Energy is a leading developer and
supplier of advanced gasification systems that enable customers to
self-generate clean, low cost heat and/or power using waste fuels
"inside-the-fence" at institutional and industrial facilities. Nexterra
gasification systems provide a unique combination of attributes including
design simplicity, reliability, versatility, low emissions, low cost and full
automation to provide customers with a superior value proposition compared to
conventional solutions. Nexterra is a private company based in Vancouver, BC,
Canada. For more information:

    About Oak Ridge National Laboratory - ORNL is a multi-program science and
technology laboratory managed for the U.S. Department of Energy by
UT-Battelle, LLC. Scientists and engineers at ORNL conduct basic and applied
research and development to create scientific knowledge and technological
solutions that strengthen the nation's leadership in key areas of science;
increase the availability of clean, abundant energy; restore and protect the
environment; and contribute to national security. With 4,200 staff, 3,000
guest researchers, 20 user facilities, and a budget of approximately
$1.2 billion, ORNL supports the Department of Energy's mission through six
major scientific competencies in energy, neutron science, high-performance
computing, complex biological systems, materials research, and national
security. More information is available at:

    About Johnson Controls, Inc. - Johnson Controls (NYSE:   JCI) is the global
leader that brings ingenuity to the places where people live, work and travel.
By integrating technologies, products and services, we create smart
environments that redefine the relationships between people and their
surroundings. Our team of 140,000 employees creates a more comfortable, safe
and sustainable world through our products and services for more than
200 million vehicles, 12 million homes and one million commercial buildings.
Our commitment to sustainability drives our environmental stewardship, good
corporate citizenship in our workplaces and communities, and the products and
services we provide to customers. For additional information, please visit:

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For further information: Nexterra Energy Corp., Raymond McAllister,
Director of Communications, Tel: (604) 637-2507, Email:; Johnson Controls, Inc., Darryll Fortune, Director of
Public Relations, Tel: (414) 524-7770, Email:

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