September 13, 2011
by MM&D staff
VANCOUVER: Nexterra Systems Corp of Vancouver has signed a US$6.9 million contract to deliver a biomass gasification system for the US Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Battle Creek, Michigan. The system will provide clean, carbon-neutral heat and power to the medical centre, said Nexterra Systems. The project’s cost is US$18 million and it will be delivered in partnership with DeMaria Building Company and HGA Architects.
“Biomass gasification is the cleanest, most cost effective way for health care facilities and other public institutions to lower their fuel costs and GHGs,” says Jonathan Rhone, Nexterra’s president and CEO.
Switching from fossil fuels to carbon neutral biomass will allow the the medical centre to cut its GHG emissions by about 14,000 tons per year, the company said, reducing its carbon footprint by roughly 80 percent. The system will be designed to supply the facility with two megawatts of renewable electrical power and 14,000 pounds per hour of saturated steam. By utilizing locally sourced residual biomass, the centre will reduce its dependence on fossil fuels, leverage its operational spending locally in support of local industry and divert debris from landfill.