Fulton receives grant for biofuel commercial boiler

PULASKI, N.Y. — New York State Energy Research and Development Authority awarded The Fulton Companies a grant to develop an ultra-high efficiency condensing natural gas/B-100 biodiesel fired version of the Vantage 3 Million BTU boiler.

The grant was awarded so that Fulton can provide an end use for biodiesel in the commercial heating market. This takes advantage of the unique features of the sulfur-free fuel while achieving ultra-high efficiencies.

Working in collaboration with Brookhaven National Laboratory, a U.S. Department of Energy research facility, Long Island, N.Y., Fulton will examine the corrosion rates of B-100 condensate on a variety of stainless steel alloys and a burner and a fuel delivery system will be designed. Additionally, efficiency and performance verification testing of the packaged biodiesel boiler will be performed.

Fulton Vantage hydronic condensing boilers are already the first condensing boilers to offer dual fuel capabilities with No. 2 oil as a backup fuel. At the end of 2009, Fulton will be evaluating beta-test sites for the condensing natural gas/B-100 biodiesel boiler.