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Advanced Wood Heating–A Cost-Saving Solution for Schools

by | Mar 12, 2021

Large school buildings are great candidates for modern wood heat. They use large quantities of oil and need high-temperature hot water or steam. If a building is consuming between 10,000 and 80,000 gallons of #2 oil every winter, advanced wood heating systems can be a terrific, cost-saving investment.

In this webinar Froling Energy’s President, Mark Froling, reviews projects installed at St. Johnsbury School and Campton Elementary School in 2020. About 700 students attend the St. Johnsbury School, a sprawling Pre K-8 public school facility. In 2019 voters in St. Johnsbury, VT approved a bond issue that covered the installation of the biomass boiler system and numerous security upgrades. Campton Elementary School is part of SAU 48 in the Pemi-Baker School District in Plymouth, NH. In this case Energy Efficient Investments provided a long list of energy improvements as part of a revenue-neutral contract.

Neither school had enough space within the existing building for the biomass systems, so separate boiler buildings were constructed. Both projects utilize Schmid dried wood-chip boiler systems with buried insulated pipelines that transport hot water into the buildings.

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