Modern biomass boilers represent the forefront of renewable energy heat sources. Their high thermal efficiency can be further leveraged through use of modern hydronics technology. This new, self-paced, online course was developed for professionals, in partnership with HeatSpring Learning Institute, and the Biomass Thermal Energy Council.
Siegenthaler is a mechanical engineer and graduate of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, a licensed professional engineer, and Professor Emeritus of Engineering Technology at Mohawk Valley Community College. “Siggy” has over 32 years of experience in designing modern hydronic heating systems. He is a hall-of-fame member of the Radiant Professionals Alliance and a presenter at national and international conference on hydronic and radiant heating. He is principal of Appropriate Designs, a consulting engineering firm in Holland Patent, N.Y. The third edition of his textbook, Modern Hydronic Heating, was released in January 2011.
The course will cover the unique operating characteristics of several wood-fired boilers, and goes on to show several examples of complete systems for both residential and commercial/institutional applications. The course is a unique opportunity to learn advanced techniques and strategies from Siegenthaler, one of the industryʼs top technical trainers. Students will be able to interact directly with Siegenthaler, ask questions, and interact with peers using an ongoing discussion board. The course also offers 20 AIA learning unit credits.
To accommodate plenty of interaction with Siegenthaler, enrollment is capped. Enrolling in the class is only way to ensure a seat.
Weekly topics in the syllabus include:
1. Introduction; course overview; why wood? Why hydronics?
2. Wood gasification boilers (operating characteristics & design details)
3. Pellet-fueled boilers (operating characteristics, fuel conveyance, design details)
4. Wood chip boilers (operating characteristics, fuel conveyance, design details)
5. Thermal storage options & sizing
6. Low temperature heat emitter options & distribution systems
7. Building blocks for modern systems (part 1)
8. Building blocks for modern systems (part 2)
9. Example systems (residential applications)
10. Example systems (commercial/municipal applications), and course summary