As part of its educational outreach, BTEC conducts live webinars on key issues in biomass thermal.
Many of BTEC's webinars are free due to a grant from the USDA Forest Service's Wood Education and Resource Center (WERC). This institution is an equal opportunity provider. Some webinars were held in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Commerce's International Trade Administration, the Alliance for Green Heat, and BTEC member Carbonomics. Where noted, other webinars are accessible for a small administrative fee.
What is a Webinar?
A webinar is a seminar, workshop, or presentation that is transmitted over the Web, with one or more presenters who can share information and interact with the audience.
All that's needed for a BTEC webinar is a computer, internet access, and an hour of your time. Once you have access, presentations and audio can be streamed to your computer in real-time.
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Archived 2013 Webinars
Innovation and the NSPS: How can the EPA encourage innovative new technologies
May 9, 2013
EPA regulations for biomass heating devices often have addressed one set of problems, and inadvertently led to others as technology developed. The EPA has stated that in the next wood heater New Source Performance Standard (NSPS), it wants to “minimize potential loopholes.” How can the NSPS encourage and not discourage new technologies that may be cleaner and more efficient, but have difficulty with approved test methods? What lessons have we learned from the existing NSPS and EPA voluntary programs?
This webinar was held in the lead up to the Wood Stove Design Challenge, a national competition to promote extremely clean, efficient, innovative and affordable cordwood technology.
View the webinar and learn:
- How the NSPS applies to residential biomass heating equipment
- What procedures, qualifications, emissions limits, and technologies are under consideration for the draft NSPS rule
- The comparative changes from the existing and draft NSPS
- How the new NSPS would promote and handle innovative technologies
- Mr. Gil Wood, Project Lead, NSPS Program, Environmental Protection Agency
- Moderated by John Ackerly, President, Alliance for Green Heat
- Introduction and Welcome by Joseph Seymour, Executive Director, Biomass Thermal Energy Council
Area & Major Source Biomass Boiler Update: BTEC Members -Only Session with EPA
February 19, 2013
Join your fellow BTEC members and staff on Tuesday, February 19 at 3PM ET for a special 1 hour presentation and discussion with EPA Air Quality personnel on the new Boiler MACT rules for Area and Major Source Biomass Boilers. EPA staff will take BTEC members' questions on compliance dates, obligations, limits, etc. as they relate to biomass technologies.
Access to the Webinar
Members: Free of charge, log in to the Members Only site >> and see the password there
EPA Speakers from the Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards:
- Mary Johnson
- Jim Eddinger
- Robert ("Bob") Wayland
BTEC Stakeholder Session #2 on CO Off-Gassing: Sharing Industry updates and relevant US Safety Standards
February 19, 2013
Join the second BTEC Stakeholder Session on CO off-gassing from the bulk storage of wood pellets. During this project, BTEC seeks to engage the biomass thermal industry on safety, storage, and related standards surrounding the handling of bulk wood pellet fuel. This project is funded in part by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA).
- Current status of the BTEC-led literature review on pellet storage safety
- Update on Bioenergy 2020 and the Safe Pellet Project
- Overview of European efforts to promote safe pellet storage
- Relevant US standards for combustible dust, fuel storage, and confined spaces
- Question and Answer session with the project members
- Waltraud Emhofer - Researcher, Bioenergy 2020
- Christian Rakos - President, European Pellet Council
- Tim Cullina -Safety Consulting Engineer, Fauske
- Raymond Albrecht - BTEC Project Partner
Improving Biomass Heating System Efficiency: Introducing new technology to reduce downtime, emissions and slag, and increase revenue
Thursday, January 31, 2013, 12 PM ET
The Biomass Thermal Energy Council (BTEC) held a free webinar on 31st January, 2013 at 12 PM ET for a discussion on improving thermal energy efficiency of biomass combustion systems. The webinar is sponsored by BTEC member Carbonomics.
Though heating is among the most efficient pathways for converting biomass to energy, improvements can still be made. Periodic shutdowns due to slagging, boiler choke-ups, and other factors can lead to losses in revenue and resources. Incomplete combustion results in higher CO levels and significant amounts of unburnt carbon; high moisture in biomass means lower Net Calorific Value and reduced boiler efficiency, directly leading to higher fuel costs.
The webinar discussed the issues common to biomass facilities around the world. It provided potential solutions, including a unique combustion catalyst that utilizes part of the moisture content to facilitate faster and more complete combustion. This catalyst has been utilized in numerous biomass-firing boilers in Asia, Europe, South America, and Africa for several years.
Presenters shared a case study from a biomass energy plant in Europe and provide participants with the opportunity to ask questions about the challenges faced by biomass facilities around the world.
- Common issues faced by the biomass-fired boiler industry globally
- A detailed explanation combustion catalysts and how they affect and improve problematic areas
- A specific case study on a plant highlighting before and after use of the catalyst
- A generalized, tangible economic benefit analysis of the technology
- Live Q&A with the presenters
Improving Biomass Heating System Efficiency from Biomass Thermal Energy Council on Vimeo.
Shashank Kumar, Regional Manager of the Atlantic Coasts, Abhitech Energycon Ltd., India
Shashank Kumar (Mumbai, India) is the representative of the combustion catalyst manufacturing and marketing company, Abhitech Energycon. This young engineer (ex-Cisco) is in charge of business in the four continents bordering the Atlantic Ocean. He has hands-on knowledge of different types of boilers operating over a spectrum of conditions, fueled by a variety of biomass feedstocks.
Jochen Allenstein, Founder, Wambesco GmbH, Germany
Jochen Allenstein is a chemical engineer residing in Duisburg, Germany. Professionally, he has been involved with heavy industries of various kinds for almost 40 years. Most recently he separated from E-ON, Europe's largest power producer, to form his own company, Wambesco GmbH, which deals primarily in chemical trading for industries courtesy.
Joseph Seymour - Biomass Thermal Energy Council, Executive Director