Nexterra Systems has signed a $6.9m contract to deliver a biomass gasification system to provide heat and power to the US Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center (VAMC) in Battle Creek, Michigan.

The 28 MMBtu/hour gasification system will be designed to supply the facility with 2 MW of renewable electrical power and 14,000 pounds per hour of saturated steam.

By utilizing locally sourced residual biomass, which is in plentiful supply in the region surrounding Battle Creek, Michigan, the VAMC will reduce its dependence on fossil fuels, leverage its operational spending locally in support of local industry and divert debris from landfill.

Switching from fossil fuels to carbon neutral biomass will allow the VAMC to cut its GHG emissions by about 12,700 tonnes per year, reducing its carbon footprint by about 80%, says Nexterra. The total cost of the medical centre project is $18m.

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