Maine Medical Center showcases new biomass boiler

Friday, February 15, 2013

More than 100 people attended an open house at Northern Maine Medical Center on Feb. 11  to view the hospital’s new biomass-fueled boiler system.

The Chiptec furnace, which came online in December, will save the hospital roughly $200,000 a year using wood chips sourced from a sawmill in Portage, Maine.

The furnace includes features that make managing the equipment more convenient for the hospital. Unlike other biomass furnaces, the NMMC furnace has a gravity-fed storage system that feeds a conveyor to minimize jamming and reduces the number of augers needed to deliver fuel.