New York funds 16 biomass thermal projects

By Staff | April 03, 2014

Promptly implementing New York’s recently introduced Renewable Heat NY program, Gov. Andrew Cuomo has announced 18 projects that will receive program funding to help install high-efficiency, low-emission wood-fired heating equipment.

The funding is being awarded through the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority’s Energy and Environmental Performance of Biomass-fired Heating Equipment program.
Besides helping cover costs of advanced biomass heating systems, Renewable Heat NY is designed to facilitate workforce training and manufacturer support for field testing, equipment certification and early stage product development. New York State Energy Research and Development Authority is developing a Biomass Heating Roadmap for the state, which is slated for release later this year and will assess policy strategies and economic and environmental impacts.

Examples of projects that received grants include Clarkson University at Potsdam, which received $80,000 to study the presence of carbon monoxide in wood pellet storage facilities and in the laboratory due to offgassing, and Clarkson University at Saranac Lake, which received $267,500 to install two fully automatic, high-efficiency and low-emission wood pellet boilers made by Evoworld. The boilers will be installed in residential locations to evaluate the performance and emissions of these units under the cold winter conditions for two years.