Burning Clean to Keep it Green
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Thursday, May 23, 2013
Burning Clean to Keep it Green
Are you looking for a cleaner alternative to burning coal, or perhaps just a cheaper means to stay warm? Trying to balance the scales of efficient and globally friendly can be difficult, but it’s not impossible! With a bit of time and ingenuity anyone can create their own clean-burning source of energy. What’s the catch, you ask? Surely you’ll need some manner of expensive fuel, right? Not at all! As long as you have a surplus of scrap wood, plants, or even garbage, biomass gasification could work for you!
Coal-fired power plants are the most common form of gasification, as they can produce extreme amounts of energy under the appropriate parameters. Unfortunately, one of the resultant products it creates is carbon dioxide (CO2) which is one of the largest contributors to global warming. That is where wood gasification comes in! With slight modifications, the same procedures can be done through a wood gasifier with materials that naturally reoccur. Aside from wood, wheat scraps and a list of other crop leftovers can be burned down to generate the appropriate gasses. For those who have excess plant matter, such as farmers or woodworkers, biomass gasification can help both the wallet and the ozone.
Gasifiers can also vary in size, making it a great method for entire power plants or a single home. In fact, if you don’t need to produce 250 million watts of power – the Polk Power Station near Tampa does, and they use biomass gasification – you can make your own gasifier from household products. However, if you lack experience with welding or handling combustibles, it may be for the better if you purchase one from experts. Either way, the gasifier will pay for itself in less than a year, while also reducing your contribution to global warming.
How do you feel about biomass gasification as an alternative source of energy?
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Friday, April 26, 2013
Government Just Schooled us on Alternative Energy
Like a money budget, the government also has an energy budget.
We're not talking about the physical endurance of officials and their ability to stay awake during tedious debates. We're talking about energy that fuels new construction, powers electronics and lights up the White House. Non-renewable and renewable energy alike.
The fact is, the government uses many sources of energy to power operations, but the majority of it is non-renewable. Among using energy resources from the homeland, the government also uses energy sources from foreign lands – mostly oil. And because the price of foreign oil often fluctuates, the budget is hard to determine.
This is pretty obvious, but what isn't talked about is the government department that used the most energy and how much energy it uses.
Eighty percent of the government energy budget is used by one department and this 80% accounts for $19.4 of annual energy spending. Surprisingly, this department that flies under the radar screen when it comes to energy is the Department of Defense (DoD).
The department that creates a defensive blanket for the United States spends this money on national and international structures and defense mechanisms. Since defense will always remain an imperative goal for the U.S., the DoD recently realized it needs to start broadening its energy sources to create defenses, foreign and domestic.
Recently, the DoD and U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) formed an alliance. This alliance has the goal of using alternative energy solutions to reduce the cost of energy and reliance on foreign sources. By 2025, the DoD plans to make 25% of all energy used a product of renewable energy sources.
What Energy Consumers Can Learn From the DoD
Since the government usually implements eco-friendly practices much later than the public, this is a wake-up call. The government is making a huge effort to invest in energy sources that are cleaner and self-owned. That is, they're aiming to create their own energy sources – not borrow from foreign lands.
This is an important lesson to citizens of the United States.
Look at it like this: the government relies on sources of energy overseas much like we rely on energy sources provided by local gas companies. Using gas created by local companies once seemed like the only option. But now, with alternative heating solutions, there's a choice U.S. citizens can make that follows the wisdom of the DoD's decision to create a new energy plan.
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Tuesday, April 23, 2013
Improving the World – and Your Wallet – with Alternative Heating Solutions
Although many of our customers are thrilled just to save money on their heating costs, our alternative heating solutions are more than simple budget helpers. Heating solutions like wood gasifiers and furnaces are also great for the natural environment.
Get More without Using as Much
The furnaces we sell operate at extremely high efficiencies, which ensures that they can release more energy out of the same amount of fuel. Wood gasification, for instance, uses a dual burn system that burns both the fuel source itself and the gases released during the initial combustion cycle, many of which generate a significant amount of additional heat in the process.
By burning the byproducts via a recycling system instead of simply releasing them as most fireplaces and normal wood stoves do, our furnaces and boilers increase efficiency by up to 70 percent. This means that you do not have to deplete as many natural resources to stay warm, and some of our customers even cut the amount of wood they need in half.
In addition, the fact that our products recycle waste gases means that they stay out of the atmosphere. With many of our boilers, emissions are reduced by up to 90 percent, which is a great way to protect the environment.
Using Fuel Sources with Less of an Impact
The best alternative heating solutions use wood sources that are directly renewable, unlike fossil fuels. In addition, these sources do not need as much human intervention to generate, meaning that our customers keep their homes and offices warm without creating as much waste in the process.
For example, natural gas and coal require mining, well extraction, trucks, tankers, and a whole host of other energy-intensive methods to get them from the earth to your furnace. Wood, on the other hand, can often be sourced locally and regrown, and many types of softwood can be transported naturally by floating down rivers. These factors combine to ensure that, in addition to being more environmentally sound, our alternative heating solutions are less market-dependent.
If you're interested in saving money and the environment, we have the products for you. Be sure to browse our site, and feel free to contact us with any questions.
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Friday, September 7, 2012
Get in Shape and Save Money with Wood Burning Stoves
Wood stoves are becoming more popular every day, and there are many reasons for this. One good reason is that one can get plenty of exercise while gathering wood for their stove. The cutting and gathering will get quite the cardiovascular workout, and that can cut costs of going to a gym.
The wood that one burns in their stove is also environmental-friendly. The smell from burning wood puts out plenty of CO2 and leaves a wonderful smell in your home. The coziness of sitting by a wood burning stove will make any time a special time.
Wood burning stoves can help cut on your gas and electric bills, putting money in your pocket. Power outages can happen at any time, and one should always be prepared to have heat for their home if that should ever happen. It never hurts to be prepared for incidences like an outage. Keeping your family warm in the winter months is important, and a wood stove will provide you with that security.
Our wood stoves are very easy to clean. They are designed for safety as everything is enclosed allowing a person to be able to leave their home for a while without the worry of sparks flying out and starting a fire.
We have many different styles of wood stoves to choose from. They work well in a home, office, garage, or any other place a person wants to stay warm in style.
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Thursday, September 6, 2012
A Gasification Wood Boiler: A Basic Explanation
When someone utters the term Gasification, what comes into mind? Some may find the word slightly cryptic, while others feel a degree in Chem. Engineering is crucial to genuinely understand what the term means. Nevertheless, if you are planning to shop for wood boilers, there are only a few things you have to be aware of. Gasification wood boilers provide an array of benefits you won't find in other boiling systems. In fact, more and more people are now trading off their former boilers for gasification wood boilers.
Gasification is the process in which a conversion of carbon-rich materials, including coal and petroleum, into simplified elements occur. These elements include hydrogen and carbon monoxide via exposing the pure materials at elevated temperatures. Within the temperature range of 395 degrees Fahrenheit to 535 degrees Fahrenheit, most of the gases are dispersed from the wood alongside smoke. These gases comprise 50% to 80% of the heat value of the wood. The process leads to a gas mixture that is commonly identified as synthesis gas or wood gas.
If one were to hinder the reaction at this particular phase of the process, the synthesis gas may be utilized for a diversity of functions. The gas can even be cleansed of its impurities and cooled to fuel engines and other appliances that require fuel to run.
In the context of gasification wood boilers, the wood gases do not merely rise up and exit your chimney, which is the exact case for basic and traditional wood boilers. Instead, the response is continued and the emitted wood gas is ultra-heated and combined with air, thus leading to full combustion. The heat is then allocated to a boiler for effective dispersion. An attractive quality of gasification is that the full combustion produces little or no ash and residues at all. This makes cleaning and maintenance a lot easier and simpler.
If you are researching about the efficacy and benefits of a gasification wood boiler, the bottom line is that gasification wood boilers offering full combustion are better than conventional water-jacketed wood boilers. Overall, gasification is very effective in extracting power from various kinds of natural materials including wood. The process also entails less wood and substantially reduced emissions, smoke and ash residuals.
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Tuesday, July 31, 2012
The Case for the Outdoor Wood Furnace
An outdoor wood furnace is seriously one of the best investments you can make in your home. There is simply no other device that can produce such quality, consistent heat at such an incredibly affordable price. Ironically, despite the incredible quality and consistency of the heat that is produced by wood furnaces, they are very simple to operate. Many times, they run on autopilot. All you need to do is add more wood when the wood that is currently burning finally runs out. If you have firewood piled up somewhere, the process is made even easier because there is no need to go and out and cut wood. This is definitely a benefit when the weather (read freezing cold) calls for the heat that a wood furnace can provide.
So how does a wood furnace work? Well, in a nut shell, wood furnaces work by burning firewood. The heat from the firewood is then extracted from the belly of the furnace via a couple different ways (depends on the type of wood furnace) and then is sent off to circulate throughout whichever rooms are hooked up to the vent system that the furnace is connected to. The beauty of the heat that is circulated is that it is a very pleasant, dry heat - there is no need to worry about humidity, which is usually the number one cause of houses becoming stuffy. More so, if there is any type of humidity stuck in your home, the heat from a wood furnace will quickly dissipate it so that the air feels a lot less stuffy and congested. This is one of the main reasons why people switch from a traditional heating source to a wood powered furnace - it provides a better overall air quality within the property it is heating.
As you can see, wood furnaces are superior to any other type of residential or commercial heat source. Not to mention, they are a great conversational piece. Visit our site to learn more about how you can take advantage of this incredible piece of technology.
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Why Should I Make the Switch to a Wood Boiler?
Maybe you've been thinking about making the switch to wood as your primary energy source. Maybe you've heard a few things here and there about outdoor wood boilers. Maybe you noticed a friend or family member heating their home with wood. But you're still not quite sure about all of the particulars. What makes wood different as a fuel source? What's so great about it? Luckily, you've found Pro-Fab, and we have the answers you're in search of. Today it's possible to burn wood cleanly and efficiently, far more so than it was just 10 years ago. The advanced designs of our latest outdoor wood boilers have resulted in reduced overall heating bills for those that have them in their home and far cleaner air. On average, all of the boilers on today's market are 90 percent more environmentally sound than they were a decade ago, according to the independent Hearth, Patio and Barbecue Association. Take a look around our product page and you'll find boilers that have been certified by the Environmental Protection Agency as clean-burning. Another great benefit is that the drastically reduced emissions have made burning wood safer than it has ever been. A need to lean heavily on renewable resources has arisen in the face of ballooning greenhouse gasses and global warming. As you well know, trees convert carbon dioxide into oxygen, so it's ideal to preserve them. The great thing about firewood is that the vast majority of it comes from the harvesting of dead trees, and new ones are then planted in their place. Furthermore, there is no additional carbon footprint left when burning wood, since those same gasses would have escaped into the atmosphere as the trees naturally decomposed in nature. So what about the other type of green? It's possible to heat entire homes, if they are well-constructed, with wood boilers, and the wood used is relatively inexpensive when compared to other fuel sources. And who doesn't like more money in their bank account? With so many benefits associated with wood, your decision to turn to it is looking pretty smart right about now.