Wood Pellet Heating Systems is a comprehensive handbook covering all aspects of wood pellet heating technology. The use of wood pellets as an alternative heating fuel is already well established in several countries and is becoming widespread as fossil fuel prices continue to rise and awareness of climate change grows. Wood pellets are a carbon-neutral technology, convenient to use, and can easily be integrated into existing central heating systems or used in independent space heaters. This fully-illustrated and easy-to-follow guide shows how wood-pellet heating works, the different types of systems – from small living room stove systems to larger central heating systems for institutions – how they are installed, and even how wood pellets are manufactured. Featuring examples from around the world, it has been written for heating engineers and plumbers who are interested in installing systems, home owners and building managers who are considering purchasing a system, advanced DIYers, building engineers and architects, but will be of interest to anyone who requires a clear guide to wood pellet technology.
Table of Contents
1. Introduction 2. The Physics of Heat 3. The Energy Source 4. Wood Pellet Stoves and Boilers 5. Designing and Sizing Wood Pellet Heating Systems 6. Installing Wood Pellet Technology 7. Wood Pellet Manufacture 8. Marketing Wood Pellet Technology 9. Case Studies Index
Executive Director at the Powys Energy Agency between 2000 and 2004, Dilwyn Jenkins presently works from Wales as a consultant and writer on environmental issues, mainly related to energy, rainforest conservation, community development and cultural travel. Much of his work has focussed on projects in Peru and Brazil as well as in Wales, Italy, Scandinavia and Austria.
'Earthscan bill these volumes as expert handbooks and they do not disappoint. They will save you from making costly mistakes and are well worth the cover price.' Permaculture Magazine 'This series is pitched at just the right level for specialists - detailed, well illustrated, full of information yet readable. You can buy similar books cheaper but you won't get the level of detail or the clarity of explanation and illustrations.' Permaculture Magazine 'Clear, concise, comprehensive.' Green Energy Magazine 'Detailed and easy to understand.' Bioenergy International 'Starting with an overview of the physics of heat and backed by an array of real life case studies, 'Wood Pellet Heating Systems' offers well grounded advice for anyone embarking on the planning, sizing, design or installation of a wide variety of wood fuel systems. The book is well illustrated, jargon free and clearly written, offering a valuable contribution to unlocking the potential of wood fuel in a wide range of applications.' Paul Allen B.Eng (Hons), Centre for Alternative Technology