Nexterra technology converts wood to heat UNBC

The University of Northern British Columbia (UNBC) has just opened its new bioenergy plant, which will heat campus buildings using Vancouver-based Nexterra Systems Corp.’s biomass gasification technology.

The plant will use Nexterra’s technology to convert wood waste products such as bark, branches, sawdust, leftover wood from nearby mills and pine-beetle-killed wood into a synthetic gas – syngas – which burns as clean as natural gas for one-third the cost, according to Nexterra president and CEO Jonathan Rhone.

“The difference between what [people are] paying for natural gas and the lower cost of fuel is really what drives the economics for these projects,” he said.