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Renewable Heat NY Training Opportunities


Hydronics for High Efficiency Biomass Boilers

This full day design-focused workshop examines best practices for combining modern, high-efficiency wood-fired boilers with hydronic distribution systems. It covers the operating characteristics of wood-gasification boilers, pellet-fired boilers, wood-chip boilers and the latest hydronic heating technology that can complement these high-efficiency heat sources. The hydronic topics covered include low temperature heat emitters, high-efficiency circulators, modern control techniques, and options for water-based thermal storage.

Presentation Slides

Online Training

Developed for NY contractors in partnership with John Siegenthaler and Appropriate Designs.

Technical Resources

Design Assistance manual for High-Efficiency, Low-Emissions Biomass Boiler Systems [PDF]

This manual presents design assistance information for a range of hydronic heating systems using cordwood gasification boilers and wood pellet-fired boilers. The information presented includes lessons learned and best practices based on NYSERDA-sponsored research projects and biomass boiler systems installed under the RHNY incentive program.

Webinar Training 

Case study: Designing from scratch: What’s possible when a pellet boiler is planned into new building construction

November 19th, 2021 1-2pm
Presenter: John Siegenthaler, P.E., Appropriate Designs, Consulting Engineer to NYSERDA

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Description: Many of the previous webinars have focused on adapting a pellet boiler into an existing hydronic heating system. This webinar describes an unfettered design development when a pellet boiler is incorporated into new construction. Details that leverage low temperature distribution systems, and optimal configuration of thermal storage for providing space heating and domestic hot water. 

Past Webinars and Trainings

October 14, 2021: Adapting a pellet boiler to a forced air heating system. Presentation Slides [PDF]

September 9, 2021: Multiple pellet boiler systems. Presentation Slides [PDF]

July 1, 2021: Case study: A pellet boiler system for a highway garage. Presentation Slides [PDF]

June 17, 2021: Piping options for multiple thermal storage tanks. Presentation Slides [PDF]

April 22, 2021: Creating a summer / winter pellet boiler system. Presentation Slides [PDF]

March 18, 2021: Using external heat exchangers in biomass boiler systems with non-pressurized thermal storage. Presentation Slides [PDF]

February 18, 2021: Proper installation of temperature sensors in biomass boiler systems. Presentation Slides [PDF]

January 28, 2021: Why low temperature distribution systems improve biomass boiler performance. Presentation Slides [PDF]

November 12, 2020: Case study - Pellet boiler system for NYSDEC maintenance facility at Lake George. Presentation Slides [PDF]

October 29, 2020: Control concepts for hydronic systems using renewable energy heat sources (part 2). Presentation Slides [PDF]

September 17, 2020: Control concepts for hydronic systems using renewable energy heat sources (part 1). Presentation Slides [PDF]

August 20, 2020: Options for domestic water heating in biomass boiler systems. Presentation Slides [PDF]

April 16, 2020: Reducing Hydronic System Temperature for Improved Biomass Boiler Performance. Presentation Slides [PDF]

October 22, 2019: Introduction to the Fundamentals fo the Proper Commissioning Process. Presentation Slides [PDF]

May 14, 2019: Simplified Method for Controlling Heat Delivery From Biomass Boilers and Auxiliary Boilers. Presentation Slides [PDF]

March 7, 2019: Update on the Renewable Heat NY Program. Presentation Slides [PDF]

September 20, 2018: Situations to Avoid with Biomass Boilers. Presentation Slides [PDF]

May 10, 2018: Critical Measurements to Verify Operation of Biomass Boiler Systems. Presentation Slides [PDF]

February 20, 2018: Control Concepts for Cordwood Gasification and Pellet Boiler Systems. Presentation Slides [PDF]

November 16, 2017: Best practices for venting and chimneys on cordwood gasification and pellet boilers. Presentation Slides [PDF]

September 12, 2017: Integrating Thermal Storage with Biomass Boilers. Presentation Slides [PDF]

May 11, 2017: Replacing an outdoor wood furnace with a cordwood gasification boiler – design and installation considerations. Presentation Slides [PDF]

Additional Training Resources

Contractors interested in offering private financing options can view the following presentations and contact the individual companies for additional information: