VANCOUVER, June 2, 2011 /CNW/ - Nexterra Systems Corp. is pleased to
announce that the University of Montana's Board of Regents has approved
the installation of a Nexterra biomass gasification system for its
Missoula campus. The system, which will be installed at a total cost of
$16 million (USD), will provide clean, carbon-neutral heat to the
University's Missoula campus.
"This is our fourth university project and it represents a significant
milestone as we expand into the higher educational market across North
America," says Jonathan Rhone, Nexterra President and CEO. "Biomass
gasification is ideally suited to universities and colleges as a clean,
cost effective way of lowering fuel costs and greenhouse gas emissions
by converting central heating plants from fossil fuels to renewable
fuels. We're confident the students, faculty, along with the greater
community of Missoula will be pleased with the results."
The Nexterra system will convert locally sourced wood residues into
34,000 lbs/hr of clean renewable steam, which will displace 70% of UM's
natural gas consumption. The University expects the project to generate
upwards of $1 million in annual energy savings. By utilizing a locally
sourced biomass fuel, the University will reduce its dependence on
fossil fuels and create local jobs for fuel providers.
The project will be delivered in conjunction with McKinstry Essention
Ltd., a Seattle-based energy services contracting company. Nexterra
will supply the gasification system. McKinstry will install the system
and provide the balance of plant.
"We chose Nexterra because they represent the state-of-the-art for
converting biomass into clean energy that combines great technology
with an unparalleled engineering team. Their commercially proven
systems are significantly more advanced than conventional wood-fired
boilers providing lower emissions, high reliability and ease of
operation. We look forward to working with Nexterra and McKinstry to
build a project the University and the Missoula community will be proud
of for many years," says Bob Duringer, Vice President Administration
and Finance at the University of Montana.
The University of Montana is one of 677 active members of the American
College and University Presidents Climate Commitment (ACUPCC), which
commits participating schools to develop and implement comprehensive
plans to eliminate greenhouse gas emissions from campus operations. The
University of Montana's Climate Action Plan determined that burning
natural gas to heat the campus represents the University's largest
single source of greenhouse gas emissions (GHG).
The new biomass energy system will allow the University to make the
single largest reduction in its carbon footprint, cutting GHG emissions
by approximately 10,000 tonnes and reducing the campus' carbon
emissions by 22 percent. The overall effect will be the equivalent of
annually removing 2,500 cars from Montana's roads. This will help the
University move towards its goal of becoming carbon neutral by 2020.
In addition to reducing the Missoula campus' carbon footprint, the
University will incorporate Nexterra's gasification system into the
curriculum for the College of Technology's energy technician and
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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