Vancouver, Canada [RenewableEnergyWorld.com] Nexterra Systems Corp. has been selected by the City of Stamford, Connecticut to develop a biomass gasification system for the Stamford Water Pollution Control Authority (SWPCA). The proposed gasification system will convert locally procured woody biomass waste into clean burning synthetic gas or “syngas”.
The syngas will be used to displace approximately 77,000 MMBtu/year of natural gas currently utilized by the SWPCA to dry wet biosolids in an existing biosolids dryer manufactured by Andritz Separation. Stamford projects that it will lower its fuel costs by up to US $1 million per year and reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by approximately 4,000 tons annually.
To implement the project – scheduled for completion by the end of 2010 – Nexterra plans to collaborate with strategic alliance partner Andritz Separation. The project will be funded by U.S. Department of Energy grants and matching funds from the SWPCA. Financing costs associated with funds to be invested by the SWPCA will be more than offset by energy savings that will be realized from the project.
“This project showcases the potential to transform the wastewater treatment industry into a major producer of renewable heat and power from waste fuels while maintaining the highest standards of water quality and public health,” said Jeanette Brown, Executive Director of SWPCA and VP of the Water Environment Federation. “We are very pleased to have selected such as strong technology partner as Nexterra who has consistently demonstrated unparalleled excellence in technical innovation, commercialization and project deployment.”