The high cost of heat has been central to years of discussion and planning for the new pilot biomass boiler system now coming to life at the spectacular Southeast Alaska Discovery Center in Ketchikan.
Hurst Boiler recently partnered with Hanesbrands’ Dos Rios fabric textiles facility in the Dominican Republic, which is their largest energy-consuming facility, and began operating a state-of-the-art biomass system in January 2009.
Tighter air regulations and and abundance of trees have paired up to fuel the move toward hybrid biomass boilers in these Canadian hospitals. Read about the upgraded systems’ differences and the considerations for trading fossil fuels for sawdust, wood chips, and bark.
Fuels for Schools was started in Vermont as a statewide initiative to promote and encourage the use of renewable, local natural resources to provide reliable heat for schools. It has since grown into a multistate program, and has recently expanded its scope beyond schools.
Seaman Paper Co. is a 61 year old privately held paper plant located in rural Massachusetts. Under the guidance of George Davenport Jones, III, loyal employees keep this historic facility operating 24/7, 365 days per year. Seaman Paper Co. produces lightweight specialty papers including decorative tissue wraps, crepe streamers, foodservice tissues, SatinWrap, and personalized printed papers.
Chadron State College (CSC), Chadron, Nebraska, is now in its 14th year of firing its central steam heating plant with wood chip fuel produced by a local supplier. Their experience and knowledge gained over that period has application to the present Fuels for Schools (FFS) situation.
A $7.3 million central plant with N+1 redundancy on the chillers, generators and boilers in a small hospital in rural southwest Georgia -- a dream?