NORA Technical Workshop 2017

NORA held its second annual Technical Workshop in conjunction with the Southern New England Energy Conference on September 18th and 19th in Newport, RI.

The workshop, assembled by NORA’s Director of Research, Dr. Tom Butcher, hosted more than  50 industry professionals as they heard about the latest in Oilheating research, developments and products.

Monday, September 18, 2017

11:15 AM – 12:15 PM
Welcome & NORA Goals
John Huber, NORA

  • Keynote: How Does the Northeast Respond to Greenhouse Gas Issues?
    Arthur Marin, NESCAUM

12:15 PM – 2:00 PM 
NORA Board Meeting

2:30 PM – 3:30 PM 
New Ways to Burn Oil
  • Why Seek New Combustion Technologies?
    Tom Butcher, NORA
  • Babington Burner – Status and Technical Review
    Andrew Babington, Babington Technology
  • Aerosol-Enabled Liquid Fuel Combustion
    Jason Targoff, Novatio Engineering

3:45 – 4:45 PM
Tankless Coils – Oilheat’s Efficiency Achilles Heel
  • Background
    Tom Butcher, NORA
  • Next Generation Combi Boiler
    Roger Marran, Energy Kinetics
  • NORA Project on Best Practices and Analytics 
    Tom Butcher, NORA


Tuesday, September 19, 2017
8:30 AM – 9:30 AM
Biofuels and Green Fuels

9:45 – 10:45 AM 
What’s Over the Horizon for Technology Development

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
What Else Does the Oilheat Industry Need?
  • Retailer Perspective
    Tom Santa, Santa Energy
  • Installer Perspective
    Bob O’Brien, Technical Heating
  • Manufacturer’s Perspective
    Jim Jones, Carlin Combustion
  • Multi-Dimensional View
    Tom Butcher, NORA ,Open Discussion of Research Needs