Nexterra awarded $6.9 million government gasification project

By Matt Soberg | September 13, 2011

To reduce greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) 30 percent by 2020, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center (VAMC) awarded Nexterra Systems Corp. a $6.9 million contract to provide a biomass gasification system for its Battle Creek, Mich., location.  

Nexterra was awarded the contract through the general governmental bidding process and will partner with DeMaria Building Co. for general contracting services and HGA Architects for design and engineering to complete the project at a cost of $18 million.

“Biomass gasification is the cleanest, most cost-effective way for health care facilities and other public institutions to lower their fuel costs and GHGs,” said Jonathan Rhone, Nexterra president and CEO in a press release. Nexterra is a supplier of biomass gasification systems providing heat and power technology to industrial and commercial applications.   

Reducing its reliance on fuel, the VAMC intends to utilize locally derived feedstocks, which fosters the local economy and minimizes landfill use. The system will produce 28 million Btu (MMBtu) per hour, will supply the VAMC with 2 megawatts of biopower and produce 14,000 pounds per hour of saturated steam. 

In light of the current executive order for government to reduce GHGs 28 percent by 2020, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has recently been expanding its utilization of bioenergy to reduce emissions. This system will allow VAMC to cut emissions 80 percent, which is approximately 14,000 tons per year or the equivalent of removing 3,500 cars from the road annually, according to Nexterra.