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The world’s first hydrogen powered domestic boiler was put into operation in Rozenburg, the Netherlands in 2019. The boiler was developed by BDR Thermea Group, a leading manufacturer of smart thermal comfort solutions, and parent of North American company ECR International. BDR’s mission is developing and producing heating and hot water solutions with virtually no Read more

The world’s first hydrogen powered domestic boiler was put into operation in Rozenburg, the Netherlands in 2019. The boiler was developed by BDR Thermea Group, a leading manufacturer of smart thermal comfort solutions, and parent of North American company ECR International. BDR’s mission is developing and producing heating and hot water solutions with virtually no Carbon Dioxide (CO2) emissions. This ground-breaking boiler burns pure hydrogen that has been produced by wind or solar energy without releasing any CO 2 .

Firmly committed to sustainability

“The development of a hydrogen boiler is part of BDR Thermea Group’s solutions for decarbonising heating. We currently offer a range of technologies, such as high efficiency gas boilers, heat pumps and heat networks, and now also hydrogen boilers and fuel cells. Sustainably produced hydrogen is an important, potentially very interesting energy carrier for the future”, says Bertrand Schmitt, CEO of BDR Thermea Group. “Power to gas (hydrogen) is an unavoidable and necessary technology if we want to store sustainably generated energy over a longer period of time, as abundant wind and solar energy is not always immediately available at times of greatest need, such as during the winter. With the new hydrogen boiler, along with our fuel cell appliances, we are firmly committed to making the built environment more sustainable.”

Exploring more pilots

“The operating principle of the hydrogen boiler is the same as that of a boiler running on natural gas”, says Peter Snel, CTO of BDR Thermea Group. “In the future, we will be able to exchange conventional gas boilers for hydrogen boilers on a like for like basis, provided the supply of hydrogen is available through natural gas pipelines. That is why co-operation with network operators is of crucial importance to BDR Thermea Group. In addition to the pilot in Rozenburg, we will also participate in a large-scale demonstration project in the United Kingdom. Over 400 hydrogen boilers will be installed over the next two years.

Here in North America

“It is an amazing achievement of our parent company to develop the first 100% hydrogen powered boiler however that journey started by working with hybrid fuel mixtures of hydrogen and natural gas. Here in North America the focus is on hybrid fuel mixtures of natural and hydrogen fuels at various ratios” said Ron Passafaro CEO of ECR International manufacturer of Utica and Dunkirk boiler brands. “We are working with many North American stakeholders who are interested in natural gas as a means to greatly reduce CO2 emissions. The key will be proving current and legacy appliances can burn these fuel mixtures reliably and this is testing our parent company has vast experience with. Passafaro went on to say “we look forward to working with all stakeholders to have a positive impact on the environment while utilizing North America’s abundant, reliable and cost effective natural gas resources wisely”.

Classes to be held in Colorado and New Hampshire Broomfield, Colo. — Viega, LLC has announced its Winter 2019-20 lineup of courses at its seminar centers in Broomfield, Colo., and Nashua, N.H. The offerings include topics from commercial piping solution to radiant design and LoopCAD. With two fully equipped state- of-the-art seminar centers, Viega is Read more

Classes to be held in Colorado and New Hampshire

Broomfield, Colo. — Viega, LLC has announced its Winter 2019-20 lineup of courses at its seminar centers in Broomfield, Colo., and Nashua, N.H.

The offerings include topics from commercial piping solution to radiant design and LoopCAD. With two fully equipped state- of-the-art seminar centers, Viega is an industry leader in supporting the trades and helping contractors become more versatile, skilled and efficient. To date, more than 40,000 people, from self-employed contractors to employees of large firms, have taken courses at the centers.

The classes are taught by experts with years of experience in the field and offer ample hands-on experience. Attendees leave with skills and knowledge that will show immediate benefits on the job.

Training seminars are listed below:

Radiant Design, Piping and Controls

Jan. 27-29, Nashua, N.H.; March 3-5, Broomfield, Colo.
Covers design theory and practice, piping arrangements and control strategies. Includes hybrid systems, multiple temperature piping arrangements and system component placement.

LoopCAD

Feb. 11-12, Nashua; Jan. 22-23, Broomfield
How to use LoopCAD software for radiant design and layouts. Covers heat loss, drawing layout, material selection and snow melt.

Commercial Piping Solutions

Dec. 3-4 and March 18-19, Nashua; March 3-4, Broomfield

Covers Viega systems and products and their appropriate uses. Includes PureFlow, ProPress and MegaPress; hybrid systems; installation techniques; project savings; hands-on installation and competitive information.

Hydronics 101 & Radiant Systems

March 3-4, Nashua; Jan. 16-17, Broomfield
Provides a basic understanding of how hydronic systems work. Topics include methods of heat transfer, piping materials and components, control strategies and installation methods.

Carbon Steel Press Technology

Jan. 13, Nashua
Covers the use of carbon steel press systems for residential, commercial and industrial piping applications.

Stainless Steel Press Technology

Feb. 20, Nashua
Covers the use of stainless steel press systems for commercial and industrial plumbing, heating and piping applications. Properties and chemical compatibility of 304 and 316 stainless steel will be covered.

Press Technology for Fuel Gas Piping

Feb. 3, Broomfield
Covers the use of carbon steel press systems for fuel gas piping in residential, commercial and industrial applications. Fuel types such as natural gas, LP gas, diesel, fuel oil and kerosene and their implications in NFPA 54 will be covered.

NFPA 13D Fire Sprinkler

Covers NFPA 13D requirements, system design, installation concerns and energy code compliance.

For more information and to register, click here.

The #CaleffiClassic photo contest was in full swing this past October on Caleffi North America’s Instagram feed.  We’re proud to announce the grand prize winner:  Michael Flynn (@flynnstone1) of Service Professionals (Union, N.J.).  He also received the most votes by our Coffee with Caleffi™ audience during a recently held webinar, determining Flynn the champion.  He selected $1000 worth of Caleffi Read more

The #CaleffiClassic photo contest was in full swing this past October on Caleffi North America’s Instagram feed.  We’re proud to announce the grand prize winner:  Michael Flynn (@flynnstone1) of Service Professionals (Union, N.J.).  He also received the most votes by our Coffee with Caleffi™ audience during a recently held webinar, determining Flynn the champion.  He selected $1000 worth of Caleffi product for the grand prize.  

Flynn’s impressive installation featured beautifully piped NTI TFT201 boilers, an 80-gallon indirect water heater with 11 heating zones and a Caleffi hydraulic separator.

“The #CaleffiClassic contest held on Instagram was incredible. Competing against really great tradesmen was fun. Being chosen and coming out on top was a great accomplishment,” said Flynn. “I really do put my whole heart into my work and it’s amazing to know that it’s noticed by others. The Caleffi brand truly delivers; nothing short of excellence shines through with the company. They know how to make a quality product. The 2” hydro sep we used on the winning job was a breeze to install. It made it easy to achieve hydraulic separation on the twinned NTI boilers from the heating zones. We will continue to use Caleffi products on our projects.”

Irvine, Calif.—Navien officially launched their commercial sized fire tube boiler series, the NFB-C. The NFB-C is available in two sizes: NFB-301C (301 MBH) and NFB-399C (399 MBH).   Each NFB-C boiler uses the same in-house designed and manufactured patented heat exchanger technology that was introduced with the NFB series in 2018. The heat exchanger is Read more

Irvine, Calif.—Navien officially launched their commercial sized fire tube boiler series, the NFB-C. The NFB-C is available in two sizes: NFB-301C (301 MBH) and NFB-399C (399 MBH).

Navien commercial sized fire tube boiler series NFB-C, Navien NFB-301C (301 MBH), Navien NFB-399C (399 MBH), Hydronics, plumbing, HVAC, heating

 

Each NFB-C boiler uses the same in-house designed and manufactured patented heat exchanger technology that was introduced with the NFB series in 2018. The heat exchanger is form-pressed and robotic laser welded to minimize the number of weak points that could be prone to thermal stress and corrosion. Oval shaped tubes within the heat exchanger contain internal turbulators designed to improve both the heat transfer rate and the structural integrity of the assembly. A specific water flow is generated by baffles inside the heat exchanger to extract the maximum amount of heat from flue gasses while the non-metallic base provides additional protection against corrosion caused by acidic condensate.

Navien commercial sized fire tube boiler series NFB-C, Navien NFB-301C (301 MBH), Navien NFB-399C (399 MBH), Hydronics, plumbing, HVAC, heatingThe industry leading 97.5% thermal efficiency NFB-C series includes top and bottom piping connections for installation flexibility and an advanced 7-inch color touch screen display with easy intuitive navigation for setup, troubleshooting and operation. The built-in circuit board allows connections for a boiler pump and 3 zones pumps using dry contact relays, and also includes a DHW priority zone. The NFB-C series commercial fire tube boilers offer up to a 15:1 turndown ratio and extremely low NOx levels, certified by SCAQMD to meet the most stringent code requirements.

Optional accessories allow each NFB-C boiler to connect to building management systems through Modbus, BACnet or LonWorks protocols. NFB-C boilers are NaviLink wi-fi remote compatible, cascade capable up to 16 units, common venting capable up to 4 units and are certified for high-altitude installations up to 10,100 ft.

For more information on the new NFB-C commercial fire tube boilers, visit NavienInc.com.

Thursday, Nov. 21 12 noon – 1:00 p.m. CST Ready or not, here comes the snow and ice season. Is your hydronic snow and ice melting (SIM) system ready-to-go? Do you have a design in mind, but need assistance with the final details? Returning to the webinar series, Max Rohr will dig into hydronic SIM systems Read more

Thursday, Nov. 21
12 noon – 1:00 p.m. CST

Ready or not, here comes the snow and ice season. Is your hydronic snow and ice melting (SIM) system ready-to-go? Do you have a design in mind, but need assistance with the final details? Returning to the webinar series, Max Rohr will dig into hydronic SIM systems, chip away at important design considerations and challenge you with questions to ask yourself when selecting controls.

You’ll learn:
→ How do I size a SIM system? What resources are available?
→ What is the SIM project objective: safety or convenience?
→ Should you use insulation under a SIM slab?
→ How do I keep my SIM system in top-notch shape?

Max is a graduate of the University of Utah. He currently serves as the REHAU Academy Manager (Leesburg, Va.). Max is a self-described hydronics and thermostat nerd. He has worked in the hydronics and solar industries for 20 years (or however many years Hot Rod is willing to admit to the Division of Child Labor) in the installation, sales and manufacturing sectors.

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