Press Release: June 11, 2009
Fulton Receives Grant to Develop First High Efficiency
Pulaski, NY – New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) has awarded The Fulton Companies a grant to develop an ultra-high efficiency condensing natural gas/B-100 biodiesel fired version of the Vantage 3 Million BTU boiler.
This grant was awarded so that Fulton can provide an end use for biodiesel in the commercial heating market. This takes advantage of the unique features of the sulfur-free fuel while achieving ultra high efficiencies.
Working in collaboration with Brookhaven National Laboratory, a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) research facility on Long Island, New York, Fulton will examine the corrosion rates of B-100 condensate on a variety of stainless steel alloys, a burner and a fuel delivery system will be designed. Additionally, efficiency and performance verification testing of the packaged 3 Million BTU/hr biodiesel boiler will be performed.
While gas-fired condensing boilers are already well-established in the marketplace, conventional oil-fired boilers are limited to operating at lower efficiencies considering the corrosive nature of the fuels’ sulfur content. Unlike most fuel oils, biodiesel, derived from vegetable oil, is nontoxic, biodegradable, sulfur free and when burned releases less harmful emissions. Additionally, having a boiler available that utilizes B-100 in place of #2 oil as backup fuel could provide an increased incentive to install high efficiency boilers in general, considering the potential for increased availability of this renewable fuel in the future.
A high efficiency condensing commercial boiler fired with B-100/natural gas would provide a dual-fuel option for urban areas—particularly those on the U.S. east coast and New York City. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) ambient air quality standards, there is a need to reduce emissions of PM2.5 (particulate matter to smaller than 2.5 microns) in order to be in compliance and minimize pollution.
Fulton Vantage hydronic condensing boilers are already the first condensing boilers to offer dual fuel capabilities with #2 oil as a backup fuel. Available in 2MM to 4MM BTU/hour outputs, the Vantage has been engineered to provide the highest thermal efficiencies possible while maintaining durability due in part to a large heating surface area and its burner turndown capabilities.
At the end of 2009, Fulton will be evaluating beta test sites for the condensing natural gas/B-100 biodiesel boiler. Parties interested in being a beta test site should contact Erin Sperry at (315) 298-5121 or visit www.fulton.com, click “contact” and fill out the email information form.
About Brookhaven National Laboratories
Brookhaven National Laboratories is a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) research facility located on Long Island, New York, and is operated for DOE by Brookhaven Science Associates, a partnership of the State University of New York at Stony Brook and the Battelle Memorial Institute. BNL has more than 600 research programs in fields ranging from high-energy physics to drug addiction to nuclear nonproliferation to developing better residential oil heat technology.
The Fulton Companies
With manufacturing facilities in the United States, Great Britain and China, Fulton is a global manufacturer of steam, hot water and thermal fluid heat transfer systems. Backed by over 60 years of research, innovation and experience, Fulton is building on a tradition of success and is focused on improving life through heat transfer solutions. For additional information about Fulton, please visit www.fulton.com
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