Biomass Boiler News

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…

Pellet Boilers Installed in Hopkinton Fire Department

Here’s a story about a pellet boiler project that was up and running at the tail end of last winter. They are ready for another cold winter, keeping fire trucks and firemen warm and ready for action using locally produced wood pellets. Heating Local with wood pellets keeps thousands of dollars right here in New Hampshire. Of money on oil, only about 22% stays in the local economy—with pellets, 95% stays local! An article mentioning this energy-efficient heating system upgrade appeared in Green Energy Times.

Urgent Need to Support Renewables in NH!

Senate Bill 26 will be heard on Wednesday February 11, at 9 AM before the Senate Energy & Natural Resources Committee. THIS BILL ENDS SUPPORTS FOR RENEWABLES IN NEW HAMPSHIRE. In a nutshell, this bill will end the NHPUC’s renewable energy rebate programs, including the residential and commercial wood pellet boiler rebate programs, as well as the NHPUC’s annual competitive RFP (that has funded many biomass heating projects). It does this by directing all the revenues that go to the Renewable Energy Fund to go instead to low income weatherization and direct reimbursement to commercial/industrial ratepayers. The prime sponsor is…

Renewables are being threatened with 2 NH House Bills

Time is running short. The NH House Energy Committee is acting on 2 bills which will be a huge setback for renewable base businesses and their (future) customers. It is BIG MISTAKE to pull NH out of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) and repealing the Renewable Portfolio Standards (RPS). Please write your house representative and your Senator—especially Andy Sanborn who represents Peterborough and is a sponsor of HB 543. A hearing is being held on HB 543 today Feb 5 at 2:30 in the state office building. Enough! Cancelling RGGI would save customers 24 cents per $100 on their…

Precision Dry Wood Chips (PDCs) – Delivered!

Our truck was filled with 15 tons of freshly made Froling Energy PDCs (60 yards) and was then driven from Peterborough to Charlestown, NH. Confidently, we hooked up our hose to the pipe for Fuel Bin #1. In a matter of minutes, the chips were transferred. Success! This all started last year when we installed about a dozen biomass boilers capable of reaching one half million (500,000) BTUs or more. These boilers have been engineered to accommodate burning either wood pellets (5% to 10% moisture) or PDCs (20% to 30% moisture). PDCs, because of their higher moisture content, are less costly for facility managers to burn, but there were no…