Siegenthaler, BTEC, and HeatSpring launch biomass design course

By Biomass Thermal Energy Council | April 23, 2014

Hydronics expert John Siegenthaler, the leading national biomass thermal trade association Biomass Thermal Energy Council, and the online technical training experts at HeatSpring have teamed up to launch a 10-week online course, titled “Hydronic-Based Biomass Design.”

The Hydronic-Based Biomass Design course is technical, rigorous, and challenging. It's the most intense 10-week course on hydronic-based biomass heating system design that you'll find on the market.

With increasing fuel costs, the very low cost of biomass, and more state policy support for biomass heating systems, the demand for biomass-based heating systems is steadily increasing. 

"We've developed this course for professionals who see biomass heating as a large growth opportunity and the future of their business," said Joseph Seymour, BTEC executive director. "The course will be useful for business owners, salespeople, engineers, plumbing contractors, HVAC contractors, and project managers who need to understand how to design, sell, quote, and install biomass-based hydronic heating systems in residential and commercial applications for both new construction and retrofits."

Graduates of the Biomass and Hydronic Design course will understand:
1.The best applications for biomass-based heating systems
2. How biomass-based heating systems differ from traditional heat sources
3. How to select the best equipment and distribution system for a given application
4. Boiler sizing and distribution strategies
5. How to calculate installed costs and operating costs and how to communicate this to the customer

Course Outline
WEEK 1 - When should a wood fueled boiler system be considered?
WEEK 2 - Energy in Wood
WEEK 3 - Why High Efficiency Wood Combustion is Important
WEEK 4 - Why Hydronic Heat Delivery is Important
WEEK 5 - Operating Characteristics of Wood Gasification Boilers
WEEK 6 - Operating Characteristics of Pellet-Fuel Boilers
WEEK 7 - Operating Characteristics of Wood Chip Boilers
WEEK 8 - Pellet and Wood Chip Storage & Conveyance Options
WEEK 9 - Modern "Building Blocks" for Low Temperature Hydronic Systems
WEEK 10 - Example Systems & Putting it All Together

Additional information on the course is available on the BTEC website.