Monday, May 30, 2011

Fröling Energiespartag: Heating with Wood Pellets and is in Great Demand

Interested parties from all corners of the flow on 28 May for Fröling Energiespartag after Stritzing at Grieskirchen. The many visitors were able to convince them that heating is not necessarily expensive. Not only from Austria but also from Germany traveled to many interested parties and were impressed at the innovation Fröling mile from the convenience of modern logs, wood chip or pellet heating.
Convenient, innovative, state of the art
Especially great was the interest in the new wood chip boiler T4, the new log wood / pellet SP Dual, comfortable on the firewood boiler S4 Turbo and the condensing boiler pellets P4, is with an efficiency of over 104% (Hu) is reached. As a top product in the compact class convinces the firewood boiler S3 Turbo, which is an unbeatable value for money alternative to cheap wood gasification. The visitors were particularly impressed by the sophisticated technology, for which Europe is known Fröling.
Attractive program
Especially in the plant tours through one of the most modern steel processing centers in Austria there was massive interest. Cheap genius took advantage of the free advice from the Upper Austrian energy savings association and informed, for example, on the promotion process and the energy certificate.

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Sales Manager Prok Gerhard Schoefberger handed Simon Chalk Huber a voucher worth 10,000 €, which was drawn as winner of the Fair contest (energy-saving exhibition).

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There was great interest in the plant survey. The production plant in Fröling Stritzing is one of the most modern steel processing centers in Austria.

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Froling Has an Open House

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For the third Time, the biomass boiler specialist Fröling  on Saturday, 28 May (9-16 clock) an open house into the production plant Stritzing (Industrial Park, St. Georgen near Grieskirchen).
All those who want to learn about the latest boiler technology at Froling has come to the right right place. The latest technologies, professional advice and interesting insights into the production of the boiler specialist promise an interesting day in which even soft drinks are not neglected. The Fröling production plant Stritzing is one of the most modern steel processing centers in Austria and is considered a magnet for visitors from near and far.
The focus is on T4 this year including the new wood chip boiler. The highest standard in technology, comfort, safety and economy are combined in this fully automatic, compact system. Another highlight shows Fröling with the new log wood pellet boiler SP-Dual. This product combines the perfect balance modern technology and comfort of a log wood pellet plant.
On the subject of heating, you can also learn about current funding opportunities for a consultant to the Energy Saving Association. For those who decide quickly there is a special bonus when purchasing a biomass boiler Fröling. It is also possible to win during the 50-year-Froling raffle 50 Coupons worth 500 €. A bouncy castle for the children waiting for a play and painting corner.

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The factory at Stritzing

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Featured Installation: NH Couple Cuts It’s Ties with Foreign Oil

Systems Installed: Froling P4 20/25 pellet boiler with 220 gallons of thermal storage.
A three ton wood pellet bag silo. Solar for domestic hot water.
Completed Date: Fall 2010
Home Description: 3,000 sq. ft home built in the 1950’s with baseboard heat.
Installed By: Froling Energy Peterborough, NH  (603) 924-1001 www.frolingenergy.com 

Froling P4 Happy Early Adopters  Froling P4 Front of Home
              Happy Early Adopters                                                     Front Of Home
Froling P4 Back of Home Froling P4 Old 1952 Oil Boiler
                    Back Of Home                                                            Old 1952 Oil Boiler
Froling P4 20/25                      Froling P4 20/25 and 220 Gallon Storage tank
        New Froling P4 20/25                                  P4 Boiler and 220 Gallon Storage Tank
Froling P4 with pellet storage                   Froling P4 Removing Under Ground Oil Tank
  Pellet Boiler w/3 Tons of Pellet Storage                     Removing Under Ground Oil Tank
Froling P4 Oil Tank Removed                     Froling P4 Old Electric Water Heater
                 Oil Tank Removed                                                      Old Electric Water Heater
Froling P4 New Solar Water Heater                      Froling P4 New Solar Panels
      New Solar Water Heater                                                        New Solar Panels
Froling P4 Solar Thermal Froling P4 New wood stove for Emergency Back-up
          Solar Thermal                                               New Wood Stove for Emergency Back-up

EPA, Biomass Boiler Industry Proposed Emissions Rules Aren’t Flying at the State Level

Article written for Biomass Power & Thermal

By Scott Nichols | April 29, 2011

Scott NicholsIn 2007, responding to a need to reduce emissions from Outdoor Hydronic Heaters, then known as outdoor water stoves, EPA began a Voluntary Hydronic Heater Emission Testing Program. The EPA, states, industry and other parties came together to solve a burgeoning smoke problem. The program began with Phase I, which would certify units at a 70 percent cleaner emission level on average than industry had been providing before federal and state involvement. Phase II certified units would be approximately 90 percent cleaner than the average prevoluntary program products. Today EPA is transitioning from a voluntary hydronic heater testing program to a mandatory program. This program will include all indoor and outdoor biomass boilers.                       

The process has been slow moving. Recently the EPA program stumbled. In early 2011, EPA abruptly removed from its Burn Wise website all efficiency numbers for Phase II approved hydronic heaters.

With efficiency numbers for log wood hydronic heaters reported in the dubiously high, upper 90 percent range, regulators and others became suspicious of test accuracy. While there is speculation as to why the EPA-approved efficiency numbers were so high, a single smoking gun has not been found. Partially as a result of EPA testing problems, on March 15, Oregon declared a moratorium, among other enforcement actions, on all new installations of hydronic heaters and several other wood-burning appliances (see www.oregon.gov/DEQ and search Heat Smart).

All parties to the matter now find themselves in a scramble to not only find where the EPA test went wrong, but to also create an updated suite of tests that are relevant to a broader range of biomass boiler technology. The EPA has targeted June for publication of a draft Residential New Source Performance Standard for wood-burning appliances. As this target looms, Oregon’s action sends a clear signal to both EPA and industry that not only must they move quickly, but also move accurately.

Behind the scenes EPA and industry, including members of the Biomass Thermal Energy Council are working feverishly through the ASTM process and other means to create test methods with an efficacy that all parties can agree to. Test methods are being debated and written, but there is little time or money to perform trial testing. What is clear is that even if methods are completed on paper, there will be little proof that new test methods are compatible and accurate with all appliances. It is uncertain whether test results that satisfy the likes of Oregon are possible in the foreseeable future.

Industry, states and the EPA have dug a deep hole on the hydronic heater emission issue. Industry has dragged its feet. Manufacturers of outdoor water stoves have moved slowly to cleaner units. One result is that smoke-belching outdoor water stoves have become a symbol for wood heating in general. Meanwhile, many companies with cleaner technology that could have contributed to a solution stayed silently on the sidelines hoping for a favorable outcome. The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority has been actively pursuing solutions, but many states have been more reactive than constructive. The result is that as energy prices rise, especially heating oil prices, citizens of states like Oregon have fewer alternative heating options. Meanwhile, the EPA is not only learning about all of the technology available, but is also filtering and reconciling federal and state requirements with wants and needs of industry, environmentalists, health groups and others.

The one-size-fits-none Oregonian approach is a clear sign that there is much work to do. The EPA plans to publish its final residential NSPS Rule in 2012 and has presented 2013 or 2014 as a final deadline for compliance. It is imperative that all sectors come together to solve the hydronic heater emission testing problem. The eventual result must be a sea change from the average type of hydronic heater that is sold today. Hydronic heaters sold in the future must be authentically highly efficient and must be sold with a test report that is easily understood and trusted by consumers. The era of selling wasteful hydronic heaters/biomass boilers is over. Oregon has helped make sure of that.
Author: Scott Nichols
Director, BTEC and President, Tarm USA 
www.biomassthermal.org

Spring Sale Open House Was a Great Success

We had a great turn-out during our Open House on Saturday, May 30th. We estimated at least 60 people came to our warehouse/sales offices to see and learn about our product first hand.

Tarm Biomass Crew  
(From left to right) Regulator Rene, Storage Tank Scott, Boiler Man Brian, and Termovar Travis

Which would you choose?