Sustainability Orgs Team Up to Promote Improved Heating Technologies

(3BL Media/Justmeans) -- Clarkson University's Institute for a Sustainable Environment (ISE) has joined hands with the Biomass Thermal Energy Council (BTEC) to promote innovative and sustainable technologies for heating. People with no access to piped gas usually rely on wood combustion appliances to heat their homes and offices, which waste energy and generate air pollution.

The Director of ISE, Prof. Phillip K. Hopke, says that much research has been directed in recent years toward getting more energy-efficient wood burners in place. To achieve concrete results in this direction, the teaming up of ISE and BTEC makes good sense. The ISE has a mission to facilitate development, promotion and operation of earth-friendly activities within the University and among its partners.

BTEC, which is a nonprofit association of biomass fuel producers, appliance manufacturers and distributors, supply chain companies and non-profit organizations, actively promotes biomass thermal energy as a renewable, responsible, clean and energy-efficient source to meeting the country’s energy needs.

According to Hopke, bio-energy ranks high on the list of goals of the North Country Regional Economic Development Council. Real economic opportunity for harvesting wood exists today, particularly in the North Country. Last year Hopke was a judge for the Alliance for Green Heat's annual Wood Stove Decathlon in Washington, D.C. The competition’s winner was a small company from New Hampshire.

Hopke says that the with the EPA coming up with new energy regulations, this award-winning company shows that even a small outfit can build a stove that is both affordable and efficient for homeowners.

While several countries are ahead of the U.S. in terms of implementing biomass technology, but a few companies in New York are catching up. Companies in Schenectady and Troy are manufacturing highly efficient, low-emission wood boilers, which will help reduce the carbon footprint and provide low-cost energy options for the consumers.

Source: Clarkson University

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