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Lockheed Martin receives $15m for biomass project

Advanced technology firm Lockheed Martin and construction company Whiting-Turner have been awarded a $15 million (€11.8 million) contract by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) that will see the construction of a biomass plant at the VA Medical Center in Canandaigua, New York, US.

‘We recognise the critical need to reduce the country’s dependency on fossil fuels and significantly increase clean energy generation,’ Chris Myers, the executive at Lockheed Martin, said.

Lockheed already owns and operates an 11,000-square-foot biomass facility in Owego, which the new plant will be modelled on.

When complete the VA Medical Center site, measuring 10,000 square feet, will generate heat and electricity from approximately 14,500 tonnes of leftover wood chips and bark using a fully automated steam-generation system.

The VA network energy manager Steven Bolewski, commented: ‘Using locally available biomass as an energy source will allow the VA to avoid costly swings in energy prices.’

The company’s existing biomass plant in Owego reduces heating and cooling bills by an estimated $1 million a year and has slashed Lockheed’s carbon footprint by roughly 25%. According to Lockheed, similar figures are expected at the new plant.