Hydronic Based Biomass Heating Systems - Light Version - Self Study


Author: John Siegenthaler

Subjects: Renewable HVAC: Biomass

Length: 8 modules

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New biomass training John Siegenthaler. This technically-focused course is for heating professionals who want to design and install state-of-the-art heating systems supplied by high-efficiency / low-emission biomass-fueled boilers. It focuses on residential and light commercial system applications. This course presents a wealth of information on how to use modern hydronics technology to complement the operating requirements of biomass boilers. It discusses complete system design, best practices, lessons learned, and problems to avoid. The course can be completed in 8 hours and will return its investment on the very first system you design using the methods presented.

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A Great Introduction to Heating With Biomass

If you're new to heating with biomass, this course is a great way to build foundational skills and knowledge. $200 of your tuition from this course will be credited back if you enroll in BTEC's comprehensive 10-week "Hydronic-Based Biomass Heating Systems" course.

Learn from An Expert

John Siegenthaler, author of "Modern Hydronic Heating," is a recognized expert in hydronic system design with decades of experience. He'll be available to directly answer all student questions during this course.

Self Paced Online Course

This is a self-study, self-paced online course. You can begin instantly upon enrollment and complete the course materials on your own pace.

Access Information and Build Your Training Library

After enrolling, the course materials will remain in your account and be accessible 12 months (1 year) after enrollment. Access can be extended beyond 1 year with a monthly membership. Rewatch videos and review assignments as many times as you want. View updates the instructor makes to the course as the industry advances. Return to your course anytime with online access from anywhere in the world.

Earn A Certificate of Completion

When you complete this course you are eligible for a certificate of completion from HeatSpring. You can download your certificate as soon as you have completed all of the course requirements. Students can easily share their verified certificates on their LinkedIn profiles using our LinkedIn integration.

Earn Continuing Education Credits

Self Report with Certificate: 7 Professional Development Contact Hours.

Great course and I hope to be able to take the 10-week version before too long.

- Larry Klope, Bioenergy Alternatives


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John Siegenthaler

P.E., Appropriate Designs

John Siegenthaler, P.E., is a mechanical engineer and graduate of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, a licensed professional engineer, and Professor Emeritus of Engineering Technology at Mohawk Valley Community College. “Siggy” has over 32 years of experience in designing modern hydronic heating systems. He is a hall-of-fame member of the Radiant Professionals Alliance...[more]

Course Outline

Welcome - Orientation Materials

This is a self-study on demand course. This course is self-paced, so you don’t need to be logged in at any specific time. You can get started immediately after you enroll and the course materials will remain in your account with minimum guaranteed access for 12 months (1 year) after enrollment.

  • Introduction to HeatSpring (Video - 01:25 minutes) preview
Module 1 - Introduction & Wood Energy Basics

Why hydronics? In this opening module, we'll discuss the importance of hydronics to renewable energy. We’ll also look at the fuel value of wood and how it compares to other fuel options. There is also discussion of 1-stage versus 2-stage combustion, and the importance of complete system design.

  • Introduction & Wood Energy Basics (Video - 01:04:49 hours)
  • PDF: Lecture slides (Download .pdf)
Module 2 - Wood-Based Biomass Boilers

In this module we'll cover: Wood gasification boilers, pellet-fired boilers, specific biomass boiler venting and chimney considerations, and emissions.

  • Wood-Based Biomass Boilers (Video - 45:52 minutes)
  • PDF: Lecture slides (Download .pdf)
Module 3 - Thermal Storage Options

In this module we'll cover: Unpressurized thermal storage tanks, pressurized tanks, temperature stratification considerations, multiple storage tank arrays, sizing thermal storage for wood gasification and pellet-fired boilers, and a unique method of piping and controlling thermal storage tanks when used with pellet-fired boilers.

  • Thermal Storage Options (Video - 01:18:48 hours)
  • PDF: Lecture slides (Download .pdf)
Module 4 - Boiler Sizing & Protection

In this module you will learn: Sizing for wood gasification boilers, sizing for pellet-fuel boilers, and several ways to protect boilers from overheating and sustained flue gas condensation.

  • Boiler Sizing & Protection (Video - 01:03:17 hours)
  • PDF: Lecture slides (Download .pdf)
Module 5 - Heat Emitters, High-Efficiency Circulators, and Distribution Systems

In this module we’ll discuss: Low-temperature hydronic heat emitters and why they are important in biomass boiler systems. We’ll also introduce you to high-efficiency circulators, and homerun distribution systems. You’ll see how these elements of modern hydronics technology can enhance the performance of biomass-fueled boilers.

  • Heat Emitters, High-Efficiency Circulators, and Distribution (Video - 01:15:25 hours)
  • PDF: Lecture slides (Download .pdf)
Module 6 - Hydronic-Based On-Demand Domestic Water Heating

In this module you will learn about a unique subsystem for heating domestic water that can be used in any system with thermal storage. We’ll discuss all the components involve and how to size and pipe them.

  • Hydronic-Based On-Demand Domestic Water Heating (Video - 26:25 minutes)
  • PDF: Lecture slides (Download .pdf)
Module 7 - Combisystem Examples

In this module we will examine several complete systems that combine the components and subsystems discussed in earlier modules. These systems are designed to provide space heating and domestic hot water.

  • Combisystem Examples (Video - 52:34 minutes)
  • PDF: Lecture slides (Download .pdf)
Module 8 - Course Summary + "What's Wrong With This System?" + Final Exam

In this module we will look at several examples of poorly designed systems. You will learn how to identify and correct problems, as well as how to avoid them on future projects. We will also summarize the overall course. You'll finish with a final quiz to make sure you've got all the important stuff down pat.

  • What's Wrong With This System? (Video - 30:37 minutes)
  • PDF: Lecture slides (Download .pdf)
  • Take: Final Quiz (25 Questions) (Quiz)
Feedback and Additional Resources

This is our last module but you still have access to the all of course materials for 12 months (1 year), so keep working and you'll be able to complete the course at your own pace. After your year of access expires you can optionally extend access with a HeatSpring Membership. Enjoy the course and keep in touch!

  • 1 Year of Access to Course Materials (Text)
  • Feedback: 2-minute Exit Survey (Survey)
  • Consider Joining as a HeatSpring Member (Resource)
  • Certificate of Completion: Request a Certificate (Certificate)

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