Bioenergy

International WoodFuels Installs Wood Pellet Boilers for Franklin Pierce University

Franklin Pierce University announced that installation of the school’s new wood pellet thermal heating systems has started. The fully integrated heating system provided by International WoodFuels will reduce the Franklin Pierce’s annual fuel costs, while decreasing the school’s yearly consumption of fossil fuels by approximately 50,000 gallons of heating oil and 109,000 gallons of propane.

The WoodFuels system is completely automated and is monitored in real time by WoodFuels technicians and Franklin Pierce maintenance staff. Unique to the WoodFuels program, Franklin Pierce is not required to pre-buy pellets, but rather pays monthly for the BTU’s that the system consumes, and the company delivers locally sourced pellet fuel as needed.

Both the thermal heating units and storage silos are currently in place and are being attached to the buildings existing piping and heating loops. The systems will be operational in November.

“We are very pleased to see the installation of the wood pellet heating systems at both the West Side Residence Halls and the North Field Activity Center,” said Dr. James Birge, president of Franklin Pierce University. “This is a clear and highly visible example of the University’s commitment to continuing our efforts to become more green and sustainable. Having this initiative move forward is a testament to the good work being done by the Sustainability Council at Franklin Pierce.”