torque requirements have been met),
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UBC Selects Nexterra/
GE Biomass Power System
The University of British Columbia
(UBC) and Nexterra Systems Corp.
announced Feb. 15 that UBC will install
and demonstrate a biomass-fueled combined heat and power system developed
by Nexterra and GE Power & Water’s gas
engine division. The CHP system will be
located at UBC’s Vancouver campus where
it will provide heat and electricity for the
campus while offering a platform for bioenergy research.
The new CHP system, the first of its
kind in North America, combines Nexterra
gasification and synthetic gas condition-
ing technologies with a GE high-efficiency
Jenbacher gas engine. Woody biomass
will be gasified and converted into clean
syngas that will be directly fired into a gas
engine. The CHP system will be capable of
providing very high net efficiencies – up
to 65 percent in cogeneration mode. In
late January, Nexterra announced it had
completed performance testing on its pro-
prietary syngas conditioning technology.
UBC is also collaborating with
FPInnovations to house the CHP system in
a building designed and constructed using
cross-laminate timber (CLT). CLT is a new
solid-wood building material that can be
used as a low-carbon, renewable alternative to steel frame construction. This will
be one of the first CLT buildings in North
America and will demonstrate its market
potential for the forest industry.
Funding support is being provided
from the following organizations:
Government of Canada’s Clean Energy
Fund administered through Natural
Resources Canada, Sustainable Development Technology Canada, the BC
Bioenergy Network and FPInnovations.
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