Project Lead: Robert York, Ricky Satomi, Ariel Thomson and 2014 Blodgett Student Crew, Bill Stewart, Scott Stephens
Sponsor: College of Natural Resources Center for Forestry
TGIF Grant: $19,845
Additional Funds: $1,176.60
Project Theme: Energy Efficiency & Conservation
Project Location: Blodgett Forest Research Station
Status: In Progress
Project Description: This project will replace the use of propane and grid electricity in favor of wood for heating water and space in the conference center at Blodgett Forest Research Station. Wood will be procured sustainably during the process of conducting research and demonstration activity done on adjacent University forestland. A hydronic heater placed outside of the building will combust wood and then heat water that will be sent into the adjacent building. This heated water will directly supply hot water and will interface with an existing forced air heating system to provide heat. Approximately 600 gallons of propane and 6,000 Kwh of grid electricity (mostly natural gas) will be replaced with wood energy. This will be nearly 100% efficient in the net reduction of green house gases, reducing CO2 emissions by as much as 10,000 lb / year. The project will be demonstrated to other landowners and students will develop a wood procurement plan and conduct cost-benefit analyses.