In 2009, UNBC selected Nexterra to build a biomass gasification system that enables the university to utilize locally sourced wood biomass to produce clean-burning syngas, displacing the natural gas used for heating the campus. Opened in 2011, the system has reduced UNBC's natural gas consumption by 89%, lowered energy costs and decreased greenhouse gas emissions by 3,500 tonnes per year, equivalent to taking 1,000 cars off the road.
"We see the bioenergy program as an important component of UNBC's commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and implement renewable energy technologies on the Prince George campus."
– Dr. George Iwama,President, UNBC
UNBC Gasification System
University of Northern British Columbia
Prince George, B.C.
Biomass gasification plant to provide heat for campus
Nexterra Scope of Work:
Turnkey gasification system
89% displacement of natural gas
Greenhouse gas reduction
Long term fuel cost savings
Cleaner air and reduced emissions
One gasifier converts biomass to
Syngas is burned in the oxidizer.
Hot flue gas is directed through a hot
Hot water is then distributed to campus buildings.
ESP cleans flue gas before releasing
out the stack.
Start-up: May 2011
Capacity: 15 MMBtu/hr net useable heat for hot water to heat campus
Fuel: Locally sourced wood waste
Fuel moisture content:
Up to 60%
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