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Franklin Pierce University Installs New Wood Pellet Boilers on Rindge Campus

Oct. 6, 2009

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Rindge, NH - Franklin Pierce University announced today that installation of the school’s new wood pellet thermal heating systems has begun, bringing the University another step closer to establishing itself as one of the first educational institutions to heat its buildings with clean burning wood pellets. The fully integrated alternative heating system provided by International WoodFuels ( of Portland, Maine, will reduce the University’s annual fuel costs, while decreasing the school’s yearly consumption of fossil fuels by approximately 50,000 gallons of heating oil and 109,000 gallons of propane, which is a win-win for the educational community and the environment.

“We are very pleased to see the installation of the wood pellet heating systems at both the West Side Residence Halls and the North Field Activity Center,” said Dr. James Birge, President of Franklin Pierce University. “This is a clear and highly visible example of the University’s commitment to continuing our efforts to become more green and sustainable. Having this initiative move forward is a testament to the good work being done by the Sustainability Council at Franklin Pierce.”

University Vice President and Athletic Director Bruce Kirsh said that the University will move forward with converting other campus buildings to more-efficient and environmentally-friendly heating sources as capital budgets and technology permits.

The state-of-the-art biomass thermal heating units, which are completely self contained in garage sized housing structures, will fulfill goals set forth by the University’s Commitment to Climate Neutrality Initiative by cutting annual carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by approximately 1100 metric tons, or 13 percent of the school’s current CO2 output. The WoodFuels system is completely automated and is monitored in real time by WoodFuels technicians and Franklin Pierce maintenance staff, allowing for maximum efficiency during operation. Unique to the WoodFuels program, the University is not required to pre-buy pellets, but rather pays monthly for the BTU’s that the system consumes, and the company delivers locally sourced pellet fuel as needed.

Both the thermal heating units and storage silos are currently in place and are being attached to the buildings existing piping and heating loops. The systems will be operational beginning November 2009.

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