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Intermountain Gas seeks right to shut off snow-melters on sidewalks, driveways

Customers who use natural gas to power snow-melting equipment on sidewalks and driveways could be subject to service interruptions during periods of high use, if Intermountain Gas Co. sells the Idaho Public Utilities Commission on the idea. (more) Read More

Danfoss changes its business structure

Greater focus on Danfoss' core businesses and core competencies, and creating opportunities for more targeted development activities and less bureaucracy: these are the targets of the new business structure which Danfoss will implement with effect from January 1, 2010. The former three divisions will become five more targeted and flexible units, each reporting directly to Danfoss' Chief Operations Officer, Kim Fausing. (continue) Read More

Potential for Solar Thermal in Europe

The European Union and its Member States have committed themselves to achieving a 20% share of renewable energy in Europe's final energy consumption by 2020. As only three renewable sources (biomass, geothermal and solar) generate heat, it is crucial to clarify how these different sectors can contribute to the renewable energy target. A new study being released this autumn – Study of the Potential of Solar Thermal in Europe, which has come from two Austrian bodies (AEE – Institute for Sustainable Technologies and Vienna University of Technology) examines the growth that can come from solar. (continue) Read More

Sun reflecting off windows melts siding

Two years ago, Rick and Annette McWane were about to close on a new home in Woodbury when they noticed that one side of the house looked as though it had had a bad facelift. They decided to buy it anyway after the builder promised to fix the patch of vinyl siding. (continue) Read More

Honeywell Refrigerant Helps Homeowners Convert The Sun's Heat Into Power

Organic rankine cycle using Honeywell’s 245fa refrigerant turns heat from solar panels into electricity MORRIS TOWNSHIP, N.J., Oct. 28, 2009 – Honeywell (NYSE: HON) announced today that its Genetron® R-245fa refrigerant is being used to help homeowners generate electricity from the sun’s heat while offsetting energy costs. Honeywell’s energy-efficient refrigerant is being used in an organic rankine cycle (ORC) called the 35Z Micro Power Plant, manufactured by Germany-based Turbolina GmbH & Co. KG. The 35Z Micro Power Plant has a unique design that uses water heated by thermal solar panels to evaporate the refrigerant, which in turn drives a turbine to generate electricity. Because no fuel is burned to create the electricity, the unit does not produce any carbon dioxide emissions. The remaining heat from the 35Z can be used to supply heating and hot water. (continue) Read More

New Hampshire and EPA Launch Campaigns to Replace Old Non-EPA Certified Wood Stoves and to “Burn Wise”

(Boston, Mass. - Oct. 22, 2009) – Today EPA joined the City of Keene and the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services (NH DES) in announcing the start of a three-month wood-stove changeout campaign in Keene, NH. This campaign offers financial incentives to homeowners in the Keene area to replace or “changeout” old non-EPA certified wood stoves with much cleaner, certified wood stoves or pellet stoves, or with vented gas-heating appliances. Funds for the Keene campaign - about $100,000 - are from a regional environmental settlement with American Electric Power. The goal is to replace 100 woodstoves with certified models. (continue) Read More

HVAC Control Market Poised for Growth

The Heating, Ventilating, and Air Conditioning (HVAC) market, like nearly all other markets, has been significantly impacted by the economic turmoil that materialized in 2008 and accelerated through the first half of 2009.  The HVAC market enjoyed a strong 2007 and early in 2008 the market looked like it was going to enjoy another strong year, but the collapse of the US housing market and subsequent chain reaction of events made for a very difficult business climate for the remainder of 2008 and into 2009. (continue) Read More

Residents say baseboard heating caused fire in home

LANCASTER -- A young couple, displaced after a Monday morning fire, say they have no doubt what caused the blaze that destroyed their home. "Oh, yeah, it's baseboard heating," said a despondent Maria Hurst, who took turns with her husband, Jonathan, at holding their 1-year-old son, Gage. The two said their family-room couch caught fire while they were in another room, and that fire spread through the living room. (continue) Read More

Man in New York charged with altering oil receipt sent to insurer

An Ulster County, N.Y., man was charged with altering a home heating oil receipt to support a $20,000 insurance claim for damages to a home in Kingston. (continue) Read More

Chinese wall-hung boiler market is developing rapidly

Individual heating has been developing in China for more than ten years. In the beginning, there were only a few foreign brands present in the market, but now with annual unit sales reaching hundreds of thousands, China is becoming the most important market for European wall-hung boiler manufacturers. (continue) Read More
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