University of Northern British Columbia Selects Nexterra's Biomass Gasification Technology for $14.8 Million Campus Renewable Energy Project

    VANCOUVER, May 28 /CNW/ - Nexterra Energy Corp. (
announced today that it has been selected by the University of Northern
British Columbia ("UNBC") to supply and install a turnkey biomass gasification
system to heat UNBC's Prince George campus and anchor its new Northern
Bioenergy Innovation Centre.
    Nexterra's system is part of a $14.8 million bioenergy program that
includes upgraded road and utility infrastructure, a new building and a
"living laboratory" for bioenergy research and development. The Nexterra
gasification system will convert locally-sourced wood residue into
clean-burning "syngas" that will displace up to 85% of the natural gas
currently used to heat the campus. The project, which is jointly funded by the
federal and provincial governments, is expected to begin in June 2009. It will
be complete by mid 2010 and construction will support approximately 150 jobs.
    By using wood residue to displace natural gas, UNBC will reduce its
fossil fuel consumption by 80,000 GJ/year, the equivalent of natural gas
required to heat over 700 homes in B.C. The new system will also reduce the
university's carbon footprint by approximately 3,500 tonnes annually, the
equivalent of taking 1,000 cars off the road.
    "We are very pleased to partner with Nexterra to implement a project that
will help to establish Prince George as a Canadian bioenergy centre and UNBC
as a model for campus green energy," said Charles Jago, UNBC's interim
president. "This project brings us one step closer to achieving our goal of
being Canada's Green University, and will significantly help UNBC meet its
current and future energy needs, while also reducing our carbon footprint and
energy costs."
    Nexterra's gasification technology is commercially proven for converting
wood residue 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
plants in Canada and the U.S. has verified that particulate emissions from
those facilities are equivalent to natural gas. The combination of ultra low
emissions, syngas versatility and low cost makes this technology ideally
suited to universities in urban environments.
    "We are thrilled to have been chosen for this exciting clean energy
showcase," said Jonathan Rhone, President and CEO of Nexterra. "This project
reinforces British Columbia's leadership in clean energy innovation and
technology. We look forward to working with UNBC, the Province of British
Columbia and the federal government to establish UNBC as a northern hub of
bioenergy innovation, economic development and job creation."
    The project is supported by the federal and provincial governments
through its Knowledge Infrastructure Program. The bioenergy project at UNBC
also previously attracted $5 million from the Public Sector Energy
Conservation Agreement (PSECA) and $3.5 million from the Innovative Clean
Energy (ICE) Fund.

    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:

    About UNBC - The University of Northern British Columbia's core campus is
in Prince George and the University currently serves about 4200 students
annually. UNBC has a particular mission to be engaged in the economic, social,
and environmental issues of the North and the bioenergy program is the most
recent evidence of this regional commitment. The University has recently
partnered with other local/regional agencies and corporations with the intent
of developing a bioenergy centre of excellence in Prince George. The bioenergy
program at UNBC features three components: implementation in the operation of
the campus, applied research, and community installations. For more

For further information:

For further information: Nexterra Energy Corp., Lori Aizer Bryenton,
Director of Communications, Tel: (604) 637-2507, Email:;
UNBC, Robert van Adrichem, Vice-President External Relations, Tel: (250)
960-5750, Email:

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