PBEA Member BTEC Announces Validation Testing on Biomass Boiler Efficiency Test Method

WASHINGTON, DC – August 11, 2017 – Today, the Biomass Thermal Energy Council (BTEC) announced that validation testing of its biomass boiler efficiency protocol will begin in September 2017 at ClearStak LLC, a Connecticut-based testing laboratory. “We are pleased to be partnering with ClearStak LLC on this next important phase of the project. Being an EPA- accredited laboratory, this brings third-party credibility to the process, as we continue to hone the protocol prior to final publication,” Jeff Serfass, BTEC Executive Director, said.

In late 2016, BTEC released the first draft of an American test method for the thermal efficiency of commercial-sized biomass boilers. This includes boilers that use as a fuel stock solid biomass, including pellets, chips, briquettes, and cordwood. “The test procedure is built upon European standards, past efforts in the United States to develop standards for biomass-fired heating equipment and US standards for oil and gas-fired boilers,” said Bede Wellford, Renewables Sales Manager at Viessmann Manufacturing Company (U.S.), Inc., and chair of the BTEC Technical and Regulatory Affairs Committee.

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