Biomass Boiler News

How can a Dual Fuel Boiler System Benefit Your Building?

Hospitals, schools, factories, retirement homes, and other large buildings nearly always have redundant boilers—each fully capable of providing all heat needed during the coldest of winter days.  That engineered redundancy is a sensible and reliable way to make sure the chill of New England winters stays outside where it belongs. Facilities with redundant boilers typically burn just one fuel: natural gas, propane, or fuel oil. In most rural areas there are just two choices: oil or propane. Some smart facilities managers have set up their boilers to burn two different fuels. In such cases, the purchasing department can watch the…

5 Important Reasons that Biomass Fuel is Better than Oil

green wood chips with a K-cup shown for size comparison

The oldest and best-known use of biomass fuel dates back to the bonfires our early ancestors used to keep warm. Today, burning wood pellets, dried wood chips and green wood chips has become an established alternative to using coal, oil and other non-renewable petroleum products for heating throughout much of the world. Here we’ll take a look at a few of the many benefits of biomass fuel. According to the Department of Energy, “Biomass is any organic material that has stored sunlight in the form of chemical energy, such as plants, agricultural crops or residues, municipal wastes, and algae.” 1….

Pellet Boiler Maintenance Tips

Empty Your Ash Containers Once a Week Of all the problem calls that we get, ash build-up is the #1 cause. Dump your boiler’s ash containers once a week! Do it on the same day each week. (Ash Wednesday?) If it is full to the top, check for ash build-up in the chamber behind the ash box(es). The above refers mainly to commercial applications where dozens of tons of wood pellets are burned each year. In residential boilers, you should check your ash container weekly so you get a sense of how frequently your boiler’s ash will need to be…

New Twitter Series on keeping your pellet or chip boiler trouble-free

Two Froling P4-60 pellet boilers in the Monadnock Dormitory's basement provide most of the heat and hot water needed at both the gymnasium across the street.

Starting later today: A series of Tweets containing advice from the @FrolingEnergy Service Department about keeping your biomass boiler running well. It goes without saying that in the extreme cold weather like we are having today (-3 with high winds in Peterborough on January 21–worse up North), having a reliable boiler is of utmost importance! As advanced as today’s wood pellet and chip boilers are, we must admit that they are fundamentally different than oil and gas boilers by the nature of using wood as a fuel. We must accept that these are solid fuels with only limited refinement. If…

Our UNH Biomass Project is nearing completion!

After a long summer of work, our Biomass district heating project at UNH’s Thompson School area is nearing completion. PDCs were delivered and blown into the silo today. The big biomass boiler was fired up and now is operational! This is just in time–as buildings all across the campus are starting up their boilers in preparation for winter. We are now officially ahead of schedule!  But we still have a few more weeks of boiler adjustments and finishing everything up.

Heating the UNH Thompson School with Biomass

An extensive new heating project is underway at the Thompson School of Applied Science in Durham, NH which will provide biomass heat to Putnam Hall, Barton/Cole, the Veterinary Diagnostic Lab and the Macfarlane Greenhouses. The district heating project includes the construction of a new central boiler house with an interior wood chip silo and the installation of new underground piping to each of the buildings. The boiler system features a new Viessmann Vitoflex 300-UF biomass boiler, two modern propane-fired boilers, and highly efficient circulation pumps to deliver the heat to all of the buildings in this small district. The biomass boiler…

Biomass Tech Conference for Engineers

Froling Energy held a Biomass conference that was specifically aimed at mechanical engineers wanting to learn more about state of the art biomass boiler systems. On May 3 and 4 over 50 engineers, energy, and forestry consultants, boiler representatives and folks from three state agencies attended our first Biomass Technology Conference for Engineers. Speakers at the various sessions included Bob Malmsheimer a professor at SUNY in Syracuse NY, Scott Nichols of Tarm USA, Dan Wilson or Wilson Engineering Services, Karen Cramton of NHPUC, Mila Schubert from Schmid (who traveled here from Switzerland), and so many others. Thanks to everyone who spoke!…

Record Production of PDCs

Another record was set at Froling Energy’s PDC production plant in Peterborough this past last winter. We produced and shipped 3509 tons of PDCs to customers from August 2017 through the end of April 2018. That means that our customers offset, with locally sourced wood chips, the burning of over 328,500 gallons of fuel oil in one year! We like to think of our region’s sustainably harvested forests as New England’s oil wells. Froling Energy and New England Wood Pellet are like oil refineries, making fuel that can be readily used by consumers. And the economy hums along in the…

Energy Upgrades Result in Savings

Reuben Duncan, Superintendent and David Reilly, Facilities Director of the Jaffrey-Rindge School District (SAU 47) were quite proud to announce that their energy upgrades have saved the district over $50,000 this winter. They led a tour of the school on April 24th to show off the upgrades which were executed over the last year as part of an energy performance contract with EEI (Energy Efficient Investments). This project was comprised of many components, including new building controls, insulation, ventilation, and heat distribution improvements. Froling Energy’s contribution was the installation of a large, PDC-burning biomass boiler in the high school’s boiler room….

Energy Cost Savings of Over 50% for Apartment Complex

Applegate Housing, which started heating with a new biomass system last fall, took delivery of 437 tons of PDCs during the 2017/18 winter. This is the equivalent of almost 41,000 gallons of fuel oil. Applegate reports a total energy cost savings of well over 50% throughout the complex. Compared to an equivalent amount of oil at $2.50 a gallon, the 437 tons of PDCs cost half as much.