A significant amount of new testing data on nitrile performance in U.S. heating oil equipment with biodiesel meeting today’s stringent ASTM standards is now available. This recent testing shows common nitrile elastomers in typical heating oil burner pumps in the U.S. perform the same or better using B20 than those using conventional No. 2 heating oil. The validity of this testing is supported by elastomer manufacturers marketing B-100 nitrile which could, if appropriate, be used by burner manufacturers. See Technical note here.
Building a Pathway to a Renewable Future
August 5, 2020, Mohegan Sun Resort, Uncasville, PA
As part of its charter, the National Oilheat Research Alliance actively engages in research & development of liquid fuels and heating appliances with the goal to provide consumers with enhanced efficiency and reliability while reducing oilheat’s impact on the environment. As a part of this process, NORA hosts technical conferences where members of the industry gather to review and discuss ongoing research and advancements. The 2020 Technology Conference will be held in conjunction with Eastern Energy Expo and all Expo attendees are welcome to attend.
The National Oilheat Research Alliance Board of Directors has authorized funds to be spent on various research projects. Under PON No. 2019, NORA plans to award multiple cost-shared contracts in nine categories, up to a total of $350,000 for each award. This funding allocation may be adjusted depending on the quantity and quality of proposals received. There is no minimum project funding amount per project award. All projects will be managed by NORA’s Research Center. Proposals are due August 1, 2019 at 5pm EST.
NORA PON No. 2019 seeks proposals to support the development,demonstration,and commercialization of Oilheat
technologies and systems in the following categories.
(See the actual PON for details)
- Category A: Ability to go to 100% Low carbon liquid fuel (LCFW). Seeking fuels, components, and burners for NORA testing commercialization
- Category B: Biofuel blending, terminal storage, on-site storage & delivery
- Category C: Modeling and report demonstrating LCFW appliances are superior than electric heat pumps for residential applications
- Category D: Assessing the biofuel fuel supply and delivery infrastructure capabilities in 2030 and 2050
- Category E: Demonstrate and field test the integration of latest generation smart thermostats in boiler applications versus the demand, assuming B50 in 2030 and B100 in 2050
- Category F: Demonstrate and field test self-diagnostic burners and or appliances that provide trend analysis, component approaching failure and troubleshooting failure analysis.
- Category G: Develop an analytical economic optimization model and report covering the sizing and operation of adding a cold climate heat pump to a non-condensing boiler
- Category H: Develop advanced heating technologies including LCLF heat pumps focusing on efficiency and zero net carbon
- Category I: Develop off-grid or grid failure heating systems that can operate in absence of power using batteries, generators or other means
This funding allocation may be adjusted based upon the quantity and quality of the proposals received. There is no minimum project funding amount per project award.
Biodiesel significantly reduces Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions compared to petroleum. The most comprehensive, accurate and up-to-date lifecycle analysis of U.S. biodiesel produced from soybean oil concludes that GHG emissions are reduced 66-72% relative to average U.S. petroleum
while not trading off food-for-fuel nor destroying forests.
All of this is carefully explained in the report Environmental Benefits of Biodiesel and the Renewable Fuel Standard.