The University of British Columbia’s Bioenergy Research and Demonstration Facility in Canada, backboned by cogeneration technology, has been named one of the world’s top 100 most innovative and inspiring infrastructure projects by KPMG.

The facility is one of six Canadian projects that were picked recently as some of the 100 “most innovative and inspiring urban infrastructure projects in the world” in KPMG’s Infrastructure 100: World Cities Edition.

University of British Columbia's Bioenergy Research and Demonstration Facility
The UBC clean energy project is North America’s first commercial-scale biomass-fueled, cogeneration (heat and power) system that, it is hoped, can operate successfully on a small scale that is suitable for communities the size of UBC.

The project is a collaboration of UBC; Nexterra Systems Corp., a Vancouver company that provides energy-from-renewable-waste systems; GE Jenbacher, General Electric’s gas engine division; and FPInnovations, a Canadian forest research organization.

The facility has two operating modes. The commercial mode will use Nexterra gasification technology to convert waste wood into a clean synthesis gas (syngas) that can be used for campus heating.

The second, a demonstration heat-and-power mode will use Nexterra syngas conditioning technology and a GE Jenbacher gas engine to convert syngas into electrical power.

The $29m roject had two general contractors: Ledcor Construction Limited, for the base building, and Nexterra for the gasification technology.

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