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Push release: Alliance for Eco-friendly Heat and NYSERDA Announce 7 Finalists in International Pellet Stove Competitors

Posted by Earth Stove on March 8, 2016 with No Commentsas , , , , , , , , , , ,

Two New York teams are among the finalists

Alliance for Green Heat and the New York State Energy Research and 
Development Authority (NYSERDA) today announced that seven pellet 
stoves have been chosen as finalists in the Pellet Stove Design 
Challenge. 

This international competition, administered by the Alliance for Green 
Heat, identifies innovative low emissions and high efficiency pellet 
stoves for the residential home heating market. The competition
supports Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s Renewable Heat NY initiative,
which is building a sustainable, high-efficiency, low-emissions wood
heating sector in New York.

The Pellet Stove Design Challenge supports the commitment of 
New York State, the Department of Energy’s Brookhaven National
 Lab, the U.S. Forest Service and a number of other states, agencies
and institutions to understand and improve the technology,
engineering and smart deployment of pellet stoves to reduce reliance
on fossil heating fuels.
The stoves will be judged for particulate matter emissions, efficiency,
safety, innovation and market potential.  The winner of the
competition will be the team that best blends these qualities.  The
stoves present a wide range of design approaches, including gravity
feed, downdraft burners, a combination  cordwood/pellet stove, a
$ 300 stove and more traditional designs.
In April 2016, the teams will showcase their stoves at Brookhaven 
National Lab during the workshop and conference that are open 
to the public. The event includes several days of panel discussions
and informal roundtables on pellet stove technology, public health,
deployment, policy and innovation in pellet and cord wood stoves.
The technology competition will be followed by a multi-year 
initiative to exhibit the winning stoves and educate consumers and 
agencies that deal with wood smoke issues and the deployment of 
residential renewable energy systems. NYSERDA is providing 
support for this competition with additional support being provided 
 by the Osprey Foundation and U.S. Forest Service.
NYSERDA President and CEO John B. Rhodes said, “The Pellet 
Stove Design Challenge is an innovative way to advance new 
technologies that can potentially provide consumers with higher 
efficiency pellet stoves.  This competition aligns with Governor 
Cuomo’s Renewable Heat NY initiative, which is building a 
sustainable, high-efficiency, low-emissions wood heating sector 
in New York.”
Three stoves will be extensively tested and compete for a grand 
prize and four demonstration stoves will provide comparative, 
baseline data. The three competition stoves are:
1. A prototype that will burn cord wood or pellets and is controlled 
by sensor technology made by DBFZ, a German company, 
that markets in the U.S. through Wittus Fire by Design of
Pound Ridge, New York.
2.  A new stove coming to the commercial market later this year, 
made by Seraph Industries, a small Illinois company, known 
for robust heat exchangers and a track record of 
transparency and high efficiency multi-fuel stoves.
3.The Torrefire pellet stove, made by Seattle inventor 
Geoffrey Johnson, which is a prototype that employs radically 
different combustion and heat transfer strategies.
The four demonstration stoves are:
1. The Vibrastove, made by Noble Metals Recovery, a small 
Virginia company that is a downdraft, gravity feed stove, 
inspired by rocket stoves.
2. A modified Quadra-Fire pellet stove made by a student 
team from the State University of New York at Buffalo.
3. One of the cleanest commercial pellet stoves on the market 
today that is certified at less than .3 grams per hour.
4. Another very clean commercially available pellet stove,
 certified at less than .6 grams per hour.
The event is also bringing attention to the need for cleaner 
cord wood stoves. A student team from the State University 
of New York at Stony Brook and MF Fire, a company that 
grew from at University of Maryland team, will be showcasing 
automated, sensor controlled wood stoves.
The 2016 Pellet Stove Design Challenge is the third stove 
challenge that the Alliance for Green Heat will host.  The first 
was a cord wood stove competition held on the  National Mall 
in Washington DC in 2013 and the second was held at Brookhaven 
National Lab in 2014.  The Alliance for Green Heat, a non-profit 
education and advocacy organization manages the Challenge, 
which was inspired by the Department of Energy’s Solar Decathlon.
“We strive to foster a community that shares ideas and data to push 
this technology forward and get pellet stoves the recognition they 
deserve as a mainstream renewable energy technology,” said John 
Ackerly, President of the Alliance for Green Heat. “Like solar and 
wind, pellet stoves have huge potential in the United States to 
drastically reduce household use of fossil fuels if the technology can
raise efficiency and reduce emission levels,” Ackerly added.
According to the Alliance for Green Heat, the average pellet stove in 
the U.S. is believed to be around 70 percent efficient but many of 
the most popular models are in the low 60s and the best ones are
around 80 percent efficient.  About one million homes are heated
with pellet stoves in the United States, with sales averaging about
75,000 per year.  An efficient pellet stove can pay itself back in
three-to-five years, depending on the heat source being replaced.
Currently, the federal government offers a $ 300 tax credit for new
pellet stoves.  Eight states including Idaho, Maryland, Maine,
Montana, Oregon and New York,  offer incentives of up to several
 thousand dollars for pellet stoves.
The  Advisory Committee that oversees the Challenge includes 
representatives from NYSERDA, Brookhaven National Lab, the 
 USDA Forest Service, the Washington State Department of Ecology, 
the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources, Clarkson 
University and others.
About Reforming the Energy Vision 
Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) is New York Governor Andrew 
M. Cuomo’s strategy to build a clean, resilient and affordable energy 
system for all New Yorkers. REV is transforming New York’s energy 
policy with new state-wide initiatives and regulatory reforms. REV will 
grow the state’s clean energy economy, support innovation, ensure 
grid resilience, mobilize private capital, create new jobs, and increase
choice and affordability for energy consumers. REV places clean, locally
produced power at the very core of New York’s energy system. This 
protects the environment and supports the State’s goal to reduce 
greenhouse gas emissions by 40% while generating 50% of its
electricity from renewable energy sources by 2030. Successful
initiatives already launched as part of REV include NY-Sun, NY Green
Bank, NY Prize, K-Solar, and a commitment to improve energy
affordability for low-income communities. To learn more about REV,
visit www.ny.gov/REV4NY and follow us @REV4NY.

About NYSERDA
NYSERDA, a public benefit corporation, offers objective information
and analysis, innovative programs, technical expertise, and support to
help New Yorkers increase energy efficiency, save money, use
renewable energy, and reduce reliance on fossil fuels. NYSERDA
professionals work to protect the environment and create clean
energy jobs. NYSERDA has been developing partnerships to advance
innovative energy solutions in New York State since 1975. To learn
more about NYSERDA’s programs, visit nyserda.ny.gov or follow us
on TwitterFacebook, YouTube, or Instagram.


About the Alliance for Green Heat

The Alliance for Green Heat promotes modern wood and pellet 
heating systems as a low-carbon, sustainable and affordable energy 
solution. The Alliance works to advance cleaner and more efficient
 residential heating technology, particularly for low and middle-
income families. Founded in Maryland in 2009, the Alliance is an 
independent non-profit organization and is tax-exempt under section 
501c3 of the tax code.

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Government Report Says Wood & Pellet Heat Dominates Residential Renewables

Posted by Earth Stove on August 7, 2015 with No Commentsas , , , , , , , ,
The 2014 Winter Fuel Outlook released by the US Energy Information Agency on Oct. 7, predicted that wood and pellet heating would continue the trend of being the nation’s fasting growing heat source.  Overall, wood and pellet heating grew 38% from 2004 to 2013, and now accounts for 2.5% of all home primary heating.
The EIA predicts wood and pellet heating will grow again in the 2014/15 winter by 4.7%.  Electricity is predicted to grow second fastest at 3.1%. Natural gas is at .07% growth and oil and propane are each predicted to drop by about 3.2%.  Regional data shows wood and pellet heating growing more than 7% in the northeast and Midwest, and only 2.5% in the south and 1.8% in the west. It was only two years ago that the EIA started to include wood and pellets in the 2012 Winter Fuel Outlook, even though far more homes have wood and pellet stoves than have oil furnaces.

Nationally, solar and geothermal dominate headlines and media imagery, but wood and pellet heating remain the dominant players in reducing fossil fuel usage at the residential level.  In 2014, the EIA says wood and pellet heat will produce .58 quadrillion Btu, or 67% of the nation’s total, while residential solar will produce .25 quadrillion Btu, or 29%.  Meanwhile, geothermal produces only .04, or 4%, and is not showing steady increases like solar.
While wood and pellets are the fastest growing heating fuel in America, residential solar is growing even faster in the electricity marketplace. At current rates, residential solar could produce more energy than residential wood and pellet stoves by 2020.  Solar has enjoyed generous taxpayer subsidies with a 30% federal tax credit in addition to state incentives.  The federal solar credit is set to expire at the end of 2016, but by then the cost of solar panels may have decreased enough for continued growth without federal subsidies.
Wood and pellet heating and solar are not competing technologies in that one produces electricity and the other heat.  They are often combined to make a home virtually carbon neutral, a process which is moving far faster in Europe than in the US due to higher fossil fuel prices and favorable government policies.  
In Europe, many countries are aggressively incentivizing higher efficiency pellet stoves and pellet boilers.   In the US, the Bush and Obama Administrations did not push for incentives for cleaner and more efficient pellet equipment but rather has let Congress and industry shape a tax credit without any effective efficiency or emission criteria.  As a result, the 38% growth of wood and pellet heating since 2004 documented by the EIA is not predominantly an expansion of cleaner and more efficient equipment, as it is in Europe.  Sales of cleaner pellet stoves are rising in the US, but the growth of wood heating in America includes some very polluting equipment such as outdoor wood boilers, also knows as outdoor hydronic heaters and new unregulated wood stoves, neither of which have emissions standards.  After many years of delays, the EPA is finally regulating these technologies and requiring them to meet emission standards by summer of 2015. 
Without effective federal regulations from the EPA, some states have been guiding the market toward cleaner and more efficient wood and pellet heating equipment, with Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Oregon and Washington taking the lead.

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Federal government Report States Wood & Pellet Heat Dominates Household Renewables

Posted by Earth Stove on October 10, 2014 with No Commentsas , , , , , , , , ,

The 2014 Winter season Fuel Outlook launched by the US Power Info Agency on Oct. seven, predicted that wooden and pellet heating would carry on the pattern of becoming the nation’s fasting expanding warmth supply. &nbspOverall, wooden and pellet heating grew 38% from 2004 to 2013, and now accounts for 2.five% of all house principal […]

Key Tips for the Proposed Wooden Heat Restrictions

Posted by Earth Stove on May 3, 2014 with No Commentsas , , , ,

The deadline for submitting responses on the EPA proposed new wood heater laws is in one particular 7 days, on Monday Might 5.&nbsp Shown under are some of the crucial suggestions that the Alliance thinks are necessary to advertise cleaner and a lot more productive wood and pellet heating in the United States. &nbsp&nbsp The […]

Senators Propose Introducing Wooden and Pellet Heat to Renewable Strength Incentives

Posted by Earth Stove on June 19, 2013 with No Commentsas , , , , , , , ,

For a long time, home owners have appreciated a 30% tax credit rating on the expense of putting in photo voltaic panels on their house or adding geothermal warmth.&nbsp In Europe, practically each and every region also includes automatic, large efficiency pellet stoves and boilers. Why hasn’t it transpired right here? Senators Angus King (I-ME), […]

In Praise of Distributed Renewable Power (and why wood and pellet heat helps make so considerably perception)

Posted by Earth Stove on May 12, 2013 with No Commentsas , , , , , , , , ,

Dispersed energy era refers to on-site, locally produced power as opposed to the distant and centralized generation of power that has dominated our nation.&nbsp Sheila and Bill Powers, renewable strength specialists and activists argue why residential solar and biomass need to be the centerpiece of U.S. strength policy, not centralized services owned by firms this […]

Alliance for Inexperienced Heat Seeks Board Users

Posted by Earth Stove on May 2, 2013 with No Commentsas , , , , ,

The Board of Directors of the Alliance for Green Heat is seeking nominations for added Board members who can assist increase money, hook up with key constituency groups and offer assistance to the group. The Alliance for Green Warmth was launched in 2009 as an independent 501c3 non-revenue business advertising cleaner and a lot more […]