University of Montana selects Nexterra gasifier
June 3, 2011
By Nexterra Systems
June 3, 2011, Vancouver – The University of Montana is buying a Nexterra Systems Corp. gasification system for its Missoula campus.
June 3, 2011, Vancouver – The University of
Montana is buying a Nexterra Systems Corp. gasification system for its Missoula
campus. The system, which will be installed at a total cost of $16 million
(USD), will provide renewable heat to the 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
The Nexterra system will convert locally
sourced wood residues into 34,000 lbs/h of steam, which will displace 70% of
the university’s natural gas consumption. The university expects the project to
generate upwards of $1 million/year in energy savings. McKinstry Essention
Ltd., a Seattle-based energy services contracting company, will install the
system and provide the balance of the plant.
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. By switching
from natural gas, the new biomass energy system will allow the university to
reduce its carbon footprint by approximately 10,000 tonnes/year, which is about
22% of the overall campus carbon footprint. This will help the university move
towards its goal of becoming carbon neutral by 2020.
The university will also incorporate
Nexterra’s gasification system into the curriculum for the College of
Technology’s energy technician and forestry programs.
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