Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Featured Business NH Magazine’s Small Sustainability Champion

NH Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) receives the NH Business Magazine’s 2012 Small Business Sustainability Award.

Froling P4 SPCA Building 1

Systems Installed: Two Fröling P4 48/60 with 400 gallons of thermal storage located in the Adoption Center.
One Fröling P4 32/38 located in the Learning Center.
Fuel Store: One External silo with 28 ton capacity and an internal 4 ton cloth silo.
Completed Date: Winter 2012
Installed By: Froling Energy Peterborough, NH  (603) 924-1001 www.frolingenergy.com

The Story:

In the winter of 2012 NH SPCA had a wood pellet boiler system installed to provide space heat and hot water in their popular Stratham facility. This 18,000 square foot complex consists mainly of a pet Adoption Center and a Learning Center which are in use 7 days a week.

The new heating system for the Adoption Center utilizes 2 Froling P4 wood pellet boilers (400,000 BTU/Hr combined output) located in the basement. These boilers will provide 80% or more of the heat required for space heat. A silo with a capacity of 28 tons of wood pellets was installed outdoors, adjacent to the boiler room. The existing oil boilers remain in place to act as a back up as well as to assist in peak load conditions. These boilers will contribute heat equivalent to 8,000 gallons of fuel oil each year using approximately 63 tons per year. $16,000 in savings is projected in the first year.

On each day throughout the year, approximately 1,600 gallons of hot water are used to keep all animals and the areas they live in perfectly clean as well as for sterilization, laundry and routine maintenance tasks. The pellet boilers in the Adoption Center will also provide all domestic hot water when needed, as a back up to the solar water heating system by way of a heat exchanger within a new 1000 gallon hot water storage tank that was installed by the solar system contractor. During the winter, the production of DHW will be mainly provided by the pellet boilers while during the rest of the year the solar system will dominate.

Froling Energy also installed a smaller, 130,000 BTU/Hr Froling P4 wood pellet boiler in the Learning Center, connected to an indoor silo with a 4 ton capacity. Projected heating load for this part of the building is the equivalent of about 2,800 gallons of oil. The existing oil boiler also remains in place here. These boilers will contribute heat equivalent to 2,500 gallons of fuel oil each year using approximately 20 tons per year. $5,000 in savings is projected in the first year.

Carbon reductions are significant. The three boilers will offset over 145 tons of carbon each year. This is the equivalent of the carbon emitted annually from 23 cars that get an average of 19 mpg, traveling 12,000 miles per year.

Froling P4 SPCA 2Froling P4 SPCA Silo

Froling P4 SPCA 3

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Featured Installation: Fröling P4 Pellet Boiler 48/60, North Street Apartments, South Royalton, VT

System Installed: Fröling P4 48/60 wood pellet boiler, 300 gallon buffer tank, two Turbomax Instantaneous Water Heaters, and a 15 ton outside silo for pellet fuel storage.
Installed Date: August 2012
Installed by: Lacasse Installations LLC, 528 Latham Road, Thetford, VT 05043 802-785-4022
Steve, the owner of North Street Apartments had the idea to build affordable housing to help house students attending the nearby Vermont Law School. His idea is now a reality. Steve performed the  layout design and a local modular home builder in Claremont, NH built the modular studio units. He is putting the finishing touches on the eight 400 sq. ft units. He plans on adding two more units and up to 4 single family homes, all heated with the Fröling P4 wood pellet boiler.
Froling P4 North Street 1
Froling P4 North Street 2
Froling P4 North Street 3

Friday, August 3, 2012

2012 Pellet Fuel Institute Annual Conference-Foxwoods Casino, CT


I was happy to attend this year’s annual Pellet Fuel Institute Conference at Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, CT. It was two full days of presentations related to the pellet fuel industry. This including topics ranging from pellet plant safety, future pellet fuel standards, and ways to improve the pellet fuel market.

It was great to network with other individuals involved and interested in renewable biomass. It was a great place for a conference, even if  you are  not a gambler. The weather, food, and location was great!

MGM Grand Foxwoods



Christiane Egger, from 0.ö. Energiesparverband in Upper Austria was the keynote speaker. This is the third time I have heard her speak and every time she makes me realize the potential of the pellet fuel market within the United States and beyond. Click here to view her power point presentation.



John Crouch(PFI), Me(Travis Paige), and Christiane Egger

Here are some more photos…

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Thursday, August 2, 2012

Montpelier Senior Center Gets a New Life-Now Heated with Wood Pellets (Fröling P4 48/60)

In December 2009 a fire nearly destroyed the Montpelier Senior Activity Center on Barre Street in Montpelier.


Before the fire, the building had some efficiency issues. The building’s energy consumption was huge with a budget of  over $38,000 a year for heat and electricity. The 25,000 sq ft. building had no insulation, single pane windows, and a outdated heating system that was controlled by only one thermostat.

Scott Nichols was present at the inauguration and was able to tour the facility. Here are some photos that he took:











The new building now meets all building codes, has a new kitchen, classrooms, new roof, solar panels, sprinkler and alarm systems, elevator, air conditioning, and of course a new Fröling P4 pellet boiler with thermal storage and an inside pellet store room.

The Fröling P4 pellet boiler was sold by Sunwood Biomass 124 Fiddlers Green, Waitsfield VT 05673 802-583-9300 Contact: Dave Frank contact@sunwoodbiomass.com

For more information on this project, they do have a blog and website. They even have a Facebook page.

More images of the fire damage can be seen here.

Which would you choose?