TUPPER LAKE - The Wild Center presented its new heating and hot water systems, fueled by renewable resources and part of the "New Path" exhibition, that will explore and test the technology that decreases the museum's dependence on fossil fuels.
First announced in July 2009, the efficient wood pellet boiler is integrated with a solar hot water system that will supply much of the hot water required to heat the 54,000-square-foot facility in Tupper Lake.
The new boiler system is the first efficient, commercial-sized, gasification wood-pellet boiler of its kind and size manufactured and installed in New York state. Additionally, the solar hot water collection system is the first of its kind used in a commercial application in the Adirondack region.
Wild Center Executive Director Stephanie Ratcliffe speaks Thursday about the new wood-pellet boiler and solar-thermal heating system at The Wild Center in Tupper Lake.
(Photo — Chris Morris)
The project just won the Best Building Integrated and Innovative category in the 6KC Awards, recognizing the best solar projects and industry champions in the Empire State, by the New York Solar Energy Industries Association.
The project is supported by a $350,000 contract award by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority in response to a competitive solicitation, A key component of the project is that Clarkson University will conduct a rigorous scientific evaluation of the energy-efficiency and emissions performance of the boiler, as well as the integrated heating system, and report its findings to NYSERDA. It is anticipated that this evaluation will provide objective scientific information to be used by decision makers developing renewable energy strategies. It will also serve as a model for others looking to evaluate ways to heat with renewable fuels in an efficient manner.