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Pictures of a community powered by green energy

The heating system of Nexterra, the Vancouver startup whose gasification technology turns wood into heat and hot water, is powering the new Dockside Green community in Victoria.

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Corix Utilities operator, Terry Balak, monitors the operating system for the Nexterra gasification system from the Dockside Green Energy Biomass Facility in Victoria.

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Corix Utilities uses locally sourced wood waste from Vancouver Island, up to 20 tons a day including construction and municipal tree trimmings that are converted into useful fuel and heat energy using the Nexterra gasification system at the Dockside Green Energy Biomass Facility in Victoria.

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Corix Utilities operator, Terry Balak, checks the natural gas water heater, part of the water loop that connects to the Nexterra gasification system that provides heat and hot water to Dockside Green tenants in Victoria.

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Corix Utilities operator, Terry Balak, walks along a bridge inside the Dockside Green community where a mix of residential, commercial and industrial tenants in Victoria are already getting their heat and hot water from the Dockside Green Energy Biomass Facility.

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Hot water in the pipeline is directed from the Dockside Green Energy Biomass Facility to its first customer in Victoria, the 12-acre planned development that will consist of residential, industrial and commercial tenants who will use the community energy system.

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Corix Utilities operator, Terry Balak, takes a picture of pipeline where hot water is directed from the Dockside Green Energy Biomass Facility to customers in Dockside Green. The Nexterra gasification system in Victoria uses locally sourced wood waste including construction and municipal tree trimmings that are converted into useful heat energy.

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Corix Utilities operator, Terry Balak, stands in front of Canada's first Nexterra gasification system located at Dockside Green Energy Biomass Facility in Victoria.

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The Nexterra gasification system has been sold to the likes of the U.S. Department of Energy for its Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee.

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