New England hospital installs biomass boiler
Northern Maine Medical Center in Fort Kent, Maine, showcased its new biomass-fueled boilers system at an open house in February. The system features a Chiptec furnace that is designed to make managing the equipment more convenient for the hospital. It includes a gravity-fed storage system that feeds a conveyor to minimize jamming and reduces the number of augers needed to deliver the wood chips to the boiler. In addition, the furnace system can be accessed remotely online.
The system is expected to save the hospital approximately $200,000 per year using fuel sourced from a sawmill in Portage, Maine. The project was funded through a $750,000 grant from the U.S. Forest Service and a $6.7 million Community Facility Guaranteed Loan through USDA Rural Development. With the grant funds and anticipated fuel savings, the $3.5 million project will pay for itself in approximately four years.