Biomass thermal energy is a term that describes the use of natural, renewable materials (wood, wood pellets, wood waste, grasses and other energy crops) for producing heat and power
Lyme, NH (PRWEB) March 18, 2009
Scott Nichols, president of BioHeatUSA, a leading distributor of wood and wood pellet central heating systems, has been named secretary of the board of directors of the newly formed Biomass Thermal Energy Council (BTEC). The council is a non-profit trade association dedicated to advancing the use of thermal energy applications for biomass by educating policy makers, teachers, business people, and the general public.
"Biomass thermal energy is a term that describes the use of natural, renewable materials (wood, wood pellets, wood waste, grasses and other energy crops) for producing heat and power," said Nichols.
"We're educating people as to the most efficient use of our country's extensive biomass resources, and the fact that in order for them to remain sustainable, we must use them responsibly. The conversion of biomass to thermal energy commonly achieves 80%-90% efficiency, whereas converting biomass to electrical energy is accomplished at efficiencies between 25%-30%. I can't stress enough how strongly we need to consider biomass for thermal applications as one of the best renewable energy alternatives available."
BTEC has begun extensive educational activities at the federal, state and regional level to promote the use of biomass thermal energy and shape responsible renewable energy policy.
Nichols heads a third-generation, family owned company headquartered in Lyme, New Hampshire and Oak Creek, Colorado that has been selling and servicing wood and wood pellet burning residential central heating equipment for more than 30 years.
BioHeatUSA offers innovation in home heating solutions, paired with a significant commitment to consumer education and environmental awareness. Exclusive partnerships with leading manufacturers Fröling, Scandtec and HS TARM allows BioHeatUSA to offer products with operational reliability, exceptional efficiency, and to promote the clean burning of carbon-cycle biomass which is critical to the lowering of net greenhouse gas emissions. Information at http://www.bioheatusa.com.
About the Biomass Thermal Energy Council
The Biomass Thermal Energy Council (BTEC) is a non-profit association dedicated to advancing the use of biomass for heat and other thermal energy applications. BTEC is an association of biomass fuel producers, appliance manufacturers and distributors, supply chain companies and non-profit organizations that view biomass thermal energy as a renewable, responsible, clean and energy-efficient pathway to meeting America's energy needs. BTEC engages in research, education, and public advocacy for the fast growing biomass thermal energy industry. Information at http://www.biomassthermal.org