The first of its kind, supplied by a biomass cogeneration system of a new generation will start next year, thanks to a partnership between Nexterra, General Electric and the University of British Columbia (UBC). Bioenergy demonstration and research project will cover about 6% of total annual consumption of electricity and more than 25% of heat consumption of the university town of UBC. Earlier this year it was announced that the project receives major funding of $ 27 million from the Canadian government. Gas supplied system and the gas engines will turn biomass into synthetic gas, electricity and steam at 65% conversion efficiency.
It is third running year of fruitful cooperation between General Electric, Nexterra and the University of British Columbia (Vancouver, Canada), after the school chose the solution from both companies to realize the bioenergy policy. Because of its extreme importance of their joint project received much government support through a grant of $27 million Canadian dollars.
A report by the Institute for Sustainable Development at Cambridge UBC is among the 15 most environmentally-friendly universities in North America and one of the greenest in Canada because of his great efforts in environmental protection. UBC projects in this area continue, and one of them is focused on the possibility of using biomass to provide at least some of the needs of the campus’s electricity, hot water and heating.
Bioenergy program UBC will reduce greenhouse gas emissions, develop energy technologies for more efficient use of renewable energy sources and expand their use. Bioenergy will cut 85% of consumption of natural gas from campus, which means savings of $600-$800 thousand dollars annually. This is a very responsible attitude towards society and puts bioenergy as part of a cleaner future. Once in the UBC facility becomes operational, GE and Nexterra planned expansion project in Canada and beyond.