BREAKING: Maine announces a new Wood Energy Program with initial funding of $766,000. Funding specifically targets, "businesses, municipalities, educational ins...titutions, and nonprofit entities in the State for the installation of new wood-derived thermal energy or cogeneration projects". Thanks to Tarm Biomass for passing this along.
BREAKING: The EPA has declared using biomass from managed forests for energy production is carbon neutral. However, this is a policy determination by Scott Pru...itt's EPA, not a scientific determination and is all about using biomass for electricity and larger installations. AGH believes biomass for residential heating has a much lower carbon impact than using it for electricity and that by going around the scientific process, Pruitt sets the stage for more battles with environmental groups, who we could have had more common ground with.
Jurassic New England.
Dinosaurs roaming New England? This week’s Outside Story describes the tracks left in rock of the lower Connecticut Valley, which offer some hints about the creatures that lived in the region a long, long time ago. #TheOutsideStory
If you are in the Midwest, this is a great conference for technology, fuel and policy discussions from May 1 - 3 in Carlton, MN. AGH can't attend this year but hope to next year!
In 2016 the Alliance for Green Heat held the Pellet Stove Design Challenge to test, study, and assess high-efficiency, low-emission pellet stoves. The goal of ...this study was to assess the repeatability of a single certification test method for pellet stoves and the emission data used for certification purposes. Overall, the repeatability of the test method was favorable with variation in the overall burn rate (kg/h).
Solar may get the headlines, but the wood stove in this house may produce more renewable energy than the solar panels. If a stove is used as a primary heat source, it often produces more units of energy than an a 5 KW PV system, especially in Canada.