School, Hospital, and Institutional Case Studies
The Fuels for Schools program grew out of the recognition that using hazardous fuels for heating public facilities like schools was a win–win situation for local communities.
The college broke ground in April 2002 for the construction of a new wood biomass heating system that came on line for the 2002-03 heating season, replacing the current all electric system.
A look at woodchip harvesting, delivery, and usage in a wood energy system at Mt. Mansfield Union High School in Jericho, Vermont to determine the opportunities and constraints around applying the Community Wood Energy model of sustainable production, efficient use, local sourcing, and fair access (SELF) to a typical wood energy system.
Other Case Studies and Resources
BERC drew on existing expertise, recent experience, thorough research, and active communications with its broader established networks to identify and review “best-in-class” applications (with accompanying case studies) in the United States, Canada, Europe, and Scandinavia. Case Studies are broken down into 9 categories.
Hidley Farm Case Study: This installation of the Econoburn two-stage gasification boiler, integrated with thermal storage and a solar-thermal system at Hidley Farm, is an example of maximizing the efficiency of two complementary renewable heating systems.
North Country School Case Study: The new 1.4MMBtuh wood chip boiler system is located in a utility building at the core of the campus. Piping leads to the 32,000 square foot main school building, which was previously heated with oil and propane. The wood chip boiler heats the main school building, and is expected to be expanded in the future to encompass an additional four buildings.
The Wild Center Case Study: Advanced Climate Technologies LLC (ACT) in Schenectady manufactured and installed the wood-pellet boiler with 500 kW (1.7MMBtu/hr) capacity paired with solar thermal and thermal storage.
Case studies provided by WI SWET.