Biomass Boiler Blog

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.

Upgraded PDC Delivery Truck

dry wood chip delivery truck

After four years of faithful service delivering PDCs to customer silos in Wilton, Charlestown, and Claremont, Old Fitch, as we referred to her, has been replaced. Fitch started out life as a mulch blower truck in Washington state where we purchased her four years ago. The old diesel truck was underpowered, especially under load going over Temple Mountain. Perhaps you followed her as she dropped to below 20 MPH before cresting the hill! Our new truck was a Freightliner cab intended to pull semi-trailers. When Fitch expired, our resourceful crew, led by Project Manager and stock car racer, Toby Wells, set…

Froling Energy Partners with Schmid Energy Solutions

Froling Energy is happy to announce a new business relationship with Schmid Energy Solutions of Eschlikon, Switzerland. Schmid is one of the leading manufacturers of wood-fired industrial and domestic boilers and cogeneration systems. We will be representing their line in the Northeastern United States doing design, implementation, and servicing of their boiler systems.

Mark Froling Visits Schmid Headquarters in Switzerland

Mark Froling recently flew to Eschlikon, Switzerland to tour the Schmid Energy Solutions boiler factory headquarters as well as many of their biomass boiler system installations. Schmid is a 75-year-old family business based in Switzerland that is focused on producing biomass boiler systems. With a line that includes some of the most efficient and clean burning industrial, commercial, and residential scale biomass boilers and material handling systems, Schmid has evolved to become one of the leading companies in the worldwide biomass boiler industry. They also have a line of cogeneration systems which produce both heat and electricity using wood chips…

National Bioenergy Day at Froling Energy Celebrated by NH Senators

In the afternoon guided tours were given of our recently expanded PDC manufacturing facility in Peterborough. Stops included the chip drop-off area, the screener/re-chipper, our new boiler house and high output belt dryer, and the PDC storage area where over 300 tons are stored for use this fall. Scott Nichols, President of Tarm USA and Tom Fullerton of Viessmann USA both had displays set up where they spoke with everyone who stopped in. At 3 pm everyone gathered at the boiler house to hear a few speakers. Sam Cooper-Wall from U.S. Rep. Annie Kuster’s office, Pam Slack from U.S. Senator…

Open House Celebrates PDC Manufacturing Facility

exterior shot of wood chip belt dryer and boiler house

Froling Energy held an open house on March 10 to celebrate our upgraded Precision Dry Wood Chips (PDCs) manufacturing capabilities at our Peterborough plant. Twenty four people toured the production facility to see the new advanced process that we’ve created—the results of a recent million dollar upgrade which includes an impressive 3.2 million BTU biomass boiler and a high tech belt dryer. The upgrade significantly improves system reliability, quality control, and potential PDC output so we can easily manufacture thousands of tons of PDCs per year. $300,000 of the upgrade was provided as a grant from the NHPUC. PDCs are a…

Heat Local! A new article in Green Energy Times

Lately everyone is Eating Local. I think you should Heat Local! These days, there seems to be nothing more important than knowing where everything in your salad was grown, when it was picked and how far it traveled to get to your plate. Why should you eat spinach from local farms instead of spinach from California? The carbon footprint of locally grown spinach is tiny because of low transportation costs. You economically support LOCAL farmers—your neighbors. You support the local economy.  Of $3 spent on a bag of local spinach, over $2.75 stays LOCAL!   Of $3 spent on supermarket box,…

Thermal RECS in NH & Mass: A Game Changer!

An article that highlights the benefits of Thermal RECs was just published in the Eagle Times newspaper (Nov. 2017 update: article is no longer available). Renewable Energy Credits used to be only for electricity that was generated from renewable energy sources. However, as of two years ago, New Hampshire created Thermal RECs which the power companies can purchase in order to bring their renewable portfolios up to their required limits. That puts money into the pockets of medium to large users of biomass fuels. In the case of SAU 6, this amounts to between $20,000 and $24,000 each year! The system…