Zero Carbon Home Update
In the last issue of Indoor Comfort
Marketing, NORA introduced the “Zero-
Carbon Home demonstration project in
which NORA is showing how using a
balance of 100 biodiesel for heat and hot
water with roof-top solar collectors, a home
can reduce its carbon emissions to zero.
In the original article, the home described
has an historical annual electric power
useof 7,199 kilowatt hours, including
the central air conditioning system.
The annual production capacity of the
solar panels installed is a nominal 7,914
To update, for the time period July
25—Aug. 24, the home consumed 1,000.7
kWH of electricity to run the cooling and
all other loads. However, the solar panels
produced 1,128.3 kWH, exporting 127.6
kWH back to the grid.
The solar array more than paid for the
house’s cooling during an extremely hot
period. The total bill from the power
company was $20.
The home uses its liquid fuel system,
running on B100, for domestic hot water
production. During the same time period,
the fuel use was ¼ gallon per day.
NORA at NEFI HEAT show
NORA President, Michael Devine and
Director of Research, Dr. Thomas Butcher
will be presenting alternative approaches
toward reducing GHG emissions using
biofuels in existing oil-fired heating
The biofuels approach has the potential
to reduce GHG at much lower cost and
much sooner. A new concept for a zero-
GHG home based on integrating solar PV
and B100, and plans for demonstrations,
will be presented at the National Energy
& Fuels Institute (NEFI) HEAT show in
Providence RI, Sept. 28 at 9am.
Immediately following, NORA will report
on all NORA Research & Development
activities in the areas of biofuels and
efficiency. This includes biodiesel field
Some of the videos are very short and
specific, concerning topics such as R.W
Beckett and Carlin Combustion burner
demonstrations with B0 to B100 fuel and
instructions on setting up various controls.
NORA will be adding more, carefully
curated content as it becomes available.
Make sure to check back often. ICM
testing, development and qualification
of components for high biodiesel blends,
filtration and fuel tanks, fuel-fired heat
pumps, and progress on EL fuel.
Education Resource Center Grows
This past spring, NORA added a free
Technical Resource Center to its education
website Learning.NORAweb.org. The
Resource Center has been updated with
a number of new videos and documents.
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