Date: April 3-5, 2013Event: Northeast Biomass Heating Expo 2013 Location: City Center, Saratoga Springs, NY Click Here to go to the Event Website.
Date: March 5-7, 2013Event: Northeast Sustainable Energy Associaion - Building Energy 2013 Location: Seaport World Trade Center, Boston, MA Click Here to go to the Event Website.
Date: Jan 30-31, 2013Event: New England and New York Society of American Foresters 2013 Joint Annual Meeting Location: Hilton Hotel, Saratoga Springs, NY Click Here to go to the Event Website.
Date: Sept 11, 2012Presentation: Achieving Cost Savings and Renewable Energy Goals in Commercial-Scale Buildings with High-Efficiency, Wood Pellet and Wood Chip Boiler Systems Event: US Green Buildings Council Lecture Presenter: David Dungate, President, ACT Seminar Host: US Green Building Council, Upstate NY Chapter Location: Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY Click Here to go to the Event Website.
Feb 28, 2012
Cornell University's Agricultural Research Station in Geneva, NY is growing and chipping fast growing willow crops to be burned in a containerized 0.75 Million Btu/h ACT Bioenergy Boiler. Click Here to read the Cornell Article.
The North Country School in Lake Placid, NY recently installed a 1.35 Million Btu/h ACT Bioenergy boiler that will burn wood chips from their sustainably managed woodlot on the school campus. Click Here to read the North Country School Article.Both these projects received ARRA Funding that was overseen by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA).
Feb 4, 2012
Full Bloom Greenhouse in Whately, MA grows organic basil for the New England market. The recently installed 1.7 MMBtu/h wood pellet boiler system replaces expensive propane and has reduced energy costs at the facility. The project was supported with ARRA "Stimulus" monies and the installation overseen by Sandri Energy of Greenfield, MA.
Jan 18, 2012
A containerized 1.7 MMBtu/h ACT Bioenergy wood pellet boiler provides heat to the 123,000 ft2 Petrova School in Saranac Lake, NY. The boiler is expected to provide baseload heat for the building. The containerized boiler was selected to minimize installation costs instead of undertaking major renovations inside the boiler room. The school retained its existing oil boilers which are will supplement the heat of the wood pellet boiler on the coldest days.
Dec 28, 2011
Two ACT Bioenergy wood pellet boilers were recently installed at the Malone Middle School in Upstate NY. The two 1.5 MMBtu/h pellet boilers replaced the school's 43 year old oil boiler system and is expected to save the school at least $45,000/yr. in fuel costs. The use of two smaller pellet boilers instead of a single larger boiler increases the ability of the boiler systems to match the fluctuating heating loads within the building and also provides redundancy in case one of the pellet boilers requires servicing. The project was overseen by CS Arch who adapted the buildings old coal bunkers to store pellets. The compact size of the ACT Boilers also enabled the boilers to be delivered and installed into the existing boiler room without modifying the building structure which resulted in significant cost savings for the project. For an article on the project from the Malone Telegraph Newspaper, please CLICK HERE.
Nov 4, 2011
The North Country School in Lake Placid, NY recently installed a 1.2 MMBtu/h ACT Bioenergy wood chip/wood pellet boiler to replace heating oil on the school's campus. The project is expected to save the school close to $40,000/yr. in fuel costs and contribute to the school's goals of sustainable and responsible natural resource use by replacing fossil fuel use with locally available wood chips, many of which are harvested from tree thinnings on the school's own woodlot. Support for the project came from a Department of Energy's American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) Funds that were coordinated through the New York State Energy Research and Development Agency (NYSERDA). For additional information click on the highlighted text to see articles on the DOE's Energy.gov website and the NYSERDA website.
September 17, 2011
The Government Services Administration (GSA) manages over 9,600 federal government buildings throughout the US. The GSA chose an ACT Bioenergy Boiler for its first biomass boiler project. The 1 Million Btu/h boiler will be installed in the Ketchikan Federal Building in Ketchikan Alaska as part of an overall building retrofit and upgrade from steam to hot water heat. Switching to biomass will help the GSA meet its mandate of increasing the use of renewable fuels and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Click Here to go to the GSA Press Release.
March 8, 2011
The "Commercial Scale Wood Gasification Boiler Integrated with a Solar Thermal Collection and Storage System" Project at the Wild Center, Natural History Museum of the Adirondacks (Tupper Lake, NY), was announced today as a winner of the "Excellence in Renewable Energy Awards". The Awards are overseen by the Editors of the Renewable Energy World Network to recognize companies, people and projects in the clean energy industry. In all, more than 560 nominations were received for awards that were given in 11 categories. The Wild Center project was selected in the bioenergy category. Click Here to go to the Renewable Energy World Awards Page. Also see the video explaining the project below. (Bioenergy award section starts at 1min. 22sec into the video) More info on the project can be found by clicking HERE.
David Dungate, President of ACT Bioenergy, will make a presentation titled "Introduction to State-of-the-Art Commercial Wood Pellet and Wood Chip Boiler Systems" on March 9th at the Building Energy 2011 Conference in Boston, MA Click Here For A Link To The Presentation. The Conference is sponsored by the Northeast Sustainable Energy Association and is eligible for AIA continuing education credits.
The Cayuga Nature Center saves $15,000/yr in fuel costs after switching from propane to wood chip heating. The 500,000 Btu/h gasification-type wood chip boiler system has several features that made on-site installation both simple and cost-effective. The boiler was delivered pre-installed in a shipping container that now serves as the boiler room and an innovative auger/stirrer system collects fuel from the fuel storage bin and delivers it to the boiler. Click Here for the Containerized Wood Boiler Case Study.
A report on commercial-scale wood pellet and wood chip boiler systems was recently published in the Northeast Sustainable Energy Association(NESEA)Magazine. The Report outlines the economic and environmental rationale for new high-efficiency biomass boiler technologies to replace the $15 billion/yr. spent on heating oil in the Region. Click Here for Biomass Boiler Market Report. Also a report from Northern Woodlands Magazine evaluating biomass sustainability for heating and for combined heat and power was recently published in Northern Forest Magazine. Click Here for Biomass Sustainability Article.
The Natural History Museum of the Adirondacks (The W!ld Center) recently installed a 1.7 MMBtu high-efficiency ACT Bioenergy™ wood pellet boiler at its 54,000 sq. ft. facility in Tupper Lake, NY. Click to see the Pellet Boiler Installation VIDEO. The NYSERDA supported project integrates the pellet boiler with a solar thermal heating system and has already won an innovation award from the New York Solar Industries Association and is expected to save the Center more than $80,000/yr in heating costs. See the attached Project Report W!ld Center Project Report. and listen to the Live Inverview that was completed by North Country Public Radio (NCPR).
ACT Bioenergy™ recently installed a 500,000 Btu/h containerized wood chip boiler system at the The Cayuga Nature Center in Ithaca, NY. The boiler will heat the 10,000 square foot facility and is expected to reduce heating costs by 80% or more. Please see the attached: Photos and project description.
The W!ld Center (Natural History Museum of the Adirondacks) recently filmed a video of their ACT Bioenergy™ wood pellet boiler being manufactured. This video shows the boiler's pressure vessel being welded and explains the operating principles of gasification-type wood combustion in the boiler. The 1.7 MMBtu/h boiler will provide heat for the 54,000 sq. ft. museum in Tupper Lake, NY and is scheduled to be delivered in February 2010. Click here see the video.
The Hubbard Brook Research Foundation (HBRF) recently released White Paper titled: "Our Carbon, Our Communities: A community-based vision for using wood biomass in an era of climate change."
The Hubbard Brook Roundtable met in September 2009 with the goal to create a blueprint for a thriving wood fuel marketplace at the local scale in the Northern Forest Region. Local wood use for biomass heating would promote local economic development, increase the efficient use of low-quality wood, while also promoting sustainable forestry practices. This blue print is intended to serve as a template for the Northern Forest region and beyond.
The mission of HBRF is to promote the understanding and stewardship of ecosystems through scientific research, long-term monitoring, and education; and to develop new initiatives linking ecosystem science and public policy. HBRF works in partnership with the USDA Forest Service, the National Science Foundation, and many colleges, universities, and other institutions.
The W!ld Center - Natural History Museum of the Adirondacks, recently announced that it will install a 1.7 MMBtu ACT Bioenergy™ wood pellet boiler to heat its facility in Tupper Lake, NY. The W!ld Center is a (LEED™) silver certified building with more than 100,000 visitors a year will showcase the boiler and develop education materials that explain the project and the role of renewable biomass energy in reducing greenhouse emissions.
The wood pellet boiler will operate in parallel with solar hot water panels and will reduce both heating costs and greenhouse gas emissions by replacing propane heat which is currently used at the Center. More information on the project is available on the W!ld Center News Release and Biomass Boiler FAQs sections of the Wild Center Website and through a factsheet published by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) W!ld Center Factsheet NYSERDA is a financial contributor to the project. The boiler is scheduled to be installed in December 2009.
September 30, 2008
Albany, NY--The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) today announced a state-funded program to support the evaluation and improvement of biomass-fired heating equipment. The program will clear a path for New York-grown fuels, create new manufacturing jobs, and improve environmental performance of biomass technologies.
Nine projects valued at more than $2.5 million will compare energy and emissions performance for wood-burning equipment, including residential and commercial wood boilers, pellet stoves, and wood stoves and emerging grass-pellet technologies. The NYSERDA-funded studies will be conducted in cooperation with New York State manufacturing companies, research organizations, universities, and government agencies. NYSERDA is investing $1.6 million in this effort, with an additional $0.9 million in co-funding from research partners. A summary of the nine projects is attached.
Robert Callender, NYSERDA Vice President for Programs said, "With the increasing use of alternative fuels, we must strive for high energy-efficiency and environmental performance. There are opportunities to improve the energy efficiency of wood-fired heating equipment and substantially reduce emissions of greenhouse gases, particulate matter, and other pollutants."
Conventional outdoor wood boilers waste more than half the energy of wood fuel and emit significant amounts of pollutants. Advanced wood-boiler units developed in Europe can achieve efficiencies greater than 80 percent and produce less than 5 percent of the particulate emissions of inefficient wood boilers typically used in the U.S. The advanced systems are commonly called staged-combustion or gasification boilers, and NYSERDA is working with two companies to manufacture these products here in New York State: Alternative Fuel Boilers of Dunkirk, New York; and Advanced Climate Technologies (ACT), of Schenectady, New York, focusing on the residential and commercial markets, respectively.
Alternative Fuel Boilers LLC, a subsidiary of Dunkirk Metal Products Inc., manufactures and sells the Econoburn™ wood boiler. William L. Raines, President and CEO of Alternative Fuel Boilers said, "The Econoburn™ wood boiler utilizes gasification technology that captures and re-combusts chimney flue gases to dramatically increase energy efficiency and significantly reduce air emissions. We look forward to working with NYSERDA to document the high-quality energy and environmental performance of our completely 'Made in the U.S.A.' boilers."
ACT's project at the Cayuga Nature Center in Ithaca, NY, will demonstrate a fully automated, 90 percent efficient wood-gasification boiler technology that is proven in Europe and adapted for the U.S. market. These systems have emissions that are significantly better than conventional wood boilers and comparable to typical oil or gas boilers. Mid-sized buildings (10-100,000 sq.ft.) represent 90 percent of the boiler market in the U.S., and are prime targets for these wood systems which can achieve rapid paybacks when replacing fossil-fuel boilers.
NYSERDA is funding three studies that between them will compare conventional commercial biomass systems and high-efficiency European-style gasification biomass boilers to oil-fired systems. The studies will evaluate energy efficiency and emissions for woody biomass in several forms: wood chips with bark, wood chips without bark, and wood pellets. These studies will be conducted by Clarkson University, the Northeast States for Coordinated Air Use Management (NESCAUM), and Advanced Climate Technologies. The demonstration at Clarkson University will be the first project for an innovative Energy Park being developed to study alternative energy sources on the campus.
There also is increased interest in pelletized grass for heating. NYSERDA is working with Cornell University and the State University at Canton in manufacturing grass pellets, identifying the operational requirements for pellet stoves and boilers, determining stove and boiler compatibility with grass pellets, and evaluating the emissions from these systems.
In cooperation with the U.S. EPA and Brookhaven National Laboratories, NYSERDA's program will perform a comprehensive scientific evaluation of several different advanced and conventional biomass technologies to characterize emissions and energy efficiency in specialized combustion laboratories. The technologies to be evaluated include both residential and commercial scale boilers with various fuel types under different operating conditions.
Finally, NYSERDA is supporting a study with NESCAUM to evaluate the effects of emissions from wood combustion on local air quality. Wood combustion may be more common in rural areas where there are fewer residences, but due to the high particle emissions rate of conventional wood burning technologies, wood smoke concentrations in local air can become elevated, depending on meteorological conditions and local topography. This study will use an innovative approach linking a mobile monitoring strategy with a geographical information system to characterize ambient air pollution gradients over relatively small spatial scales with varying landscape features.
The first ACT Bioenergy Boiler™ in the U.S. will be installed on the campus of Clarkson University in Potsdam, NY in fall 2008 . The 500,000 BTU boiler will supply heat to the recently renovated Walker Center Sports Facility. The goal of the project, led by Dr. Phil Hopke, Director of the Center for Air Resources Engineering and Science, will be to demonstrate state-of-the-art high-efficiency wood pellet boiler technology and undertake detailed thermal efficiency measuremetns and emissions monitoring to confirm European test lab results.
Based on European lab data, the innovative ACT Bioenergy Boiler™ boiler achieves 90% thermal efficiency and emission results that are an order of magnitude lower than current large wood boilers typically used in the U.S. (based on Environmental Protection Agency data). The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) with support from Clarkson is supplying funding for the project through the competitive process won by Clarkson and ACT under the “Energy and Environmental Performance of Biomass-Fired Heating Equipment Program”.