Nexterra’s combined heat and power (CHP) bioenergy system is housed in a unique building on the UBC campus.
UBC, Nexterra and GE Open
Groundbreaking CHP System
UBC, Nexterra and have successfully completed an energy-from-renewable-waste combined heat and power (CHP) system located at UBC’s Vancouver campus. This is North America’s first commercial demonstration of a transformative system that combines Nexterra’s gasification and syngas conditioning technologies with one of GE’s high-efficient Jenbacher internal combustion engines. The engine will produce 2 MW (megawatts) of clean, renewable electricity and will also generate 3 MW of thermal energy to heat the campus.
"This is a flagship example of UBC as a living laboratory, where researchers, staff, students and partners collaborate on innovations targeting the pressing challenges of our day."
– Dr. Stephen Toope, President, University of British Columbia
UBC CHP System
University of British Columbia
Combined heat and power (CHP) solution consisting of Nexterra gasification and syngas conditioning system and GE Jenbacher gas engine
Nexterra Scope of Work:
Turnkey gasification system
Produces both heat and power for campus
Displaces 12% of campus natural gas consumption
5,000 tonnes/yr GHG reduction
Long term fuel cost savings
Cleaner air and reduced emissions
Start-up: Opened September 2012.
Capacity: 2 MW electricity and
9,600 lbs/hr steam to heat campus
Fuel: Locally sourced urban waste wood
Fuel moisture content: Up to 60%
Building Construction: uses innovative cross laminated timber (CLT) building product
One gasifier converts biomass to combustible syngas.
Syngas used to heat water to heat campus buildings and/or,
Syngas goes through a conditioning system to remove impurities.
Syngas is then directly fired into a GE Jenbacher gas engine to produce electricity.