Conference Program Schedule

Wednesday March 30

Boiler Bus Tour
7:30 AM – 4 PM

Will depart and return to the Sheraton Burlington Hotel & Conference Center. The Pre-Conference bus tour offers a full-day (approximately 8 hrs) guided bus tour of biomass heating projects in the Northern Vermont area. Lunch and refreshments provided.

The bus tour is not included in the regular conference registration.  A separate $59 registration is required.

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Thursday March 31, 2016, Morning Sessions:

Technical session for AIA & BPI credits
9:30 AM -12:30 PM
Hydronic Detailing and Control Concepts for Thermal Storage Tanks in Biomass Heating Systems

This session will discuss the latest concepts for incorporating thermal storage tanks into systems with wood-fired (wood gasification, chip, and pellet) boilers. It will discuss stratification, temperature stacking, temperature sensor placement, insulation, use of 2-pipe versus 4-pipe buffer tanks, options for multiple storage tanks, detailing for unpressurized storage tanks, retrofitting thermal storage
$159
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9:30-10:45AM
Farm to Plate, Northern Forest Center/Marketing
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9:30-10:45AM
Pros/Cons on Thermal Storage

”To frame the general pros and cons of thermal storage integration with cordwood, pellet, and chip fueled hydronic heating systems and explore situations when it should be a requirement and situations when its benefits may not be fully realized.”
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11:15-12:30PM
What do we know about Carbon & Modern Wood Heating?

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11:15-12:30PM
Policy: What’s working, what isn’t?
Topics may include: CPP, carbon taxes

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Thursday March 31, 2016, Afternoon Sessions:

Technical session for AIA & BPI credits
1:30 – 4:30 PM
Lessons Learned from Biomass Heat System Design

This session will cover several common errors associated with piping and control of biomass boilers. Examples would include: insufficient storage, improper boiler protection against sustained flue gas condensation, poor piping in combination with auxiliary boilers, poor venting practices, poor control techniques, and improper flow in thermal storage tanks.

$159
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