As an HVAC-R technician, you’ll be on the front line of keeping Maine families and businesses safe and warm. You’ll also work with the most energy-efficient and eco-friendly heating equipment around. Our sector is part of the solution for reducing carbon emissions and other pollutants.
Today’s boilers and furnaces are greener than ever, and a big reason for that has to do with environmentally friendly advances in oilheat.
The days of black smoke and soot in oil-fired heating systems are long behind us. Heating oil has undergone a fantastic transformation. Today’s clean-burning oilheat product is known as Bioheat® fuel. It’s a blend of ultra-low-sulfur heating oil (only 15 parts per million) and renewable biodiesel.
Biodiesel is made with soybean oil, inedible corn oil, used cooking oil, fats and tallow, canola oil and even algae. It’s a gallon-for-gallon replacement for petroleum fuel. U.S. biodiesel production has ramped up significantly in recent years, from 969 million gallons in 2012 to more than 1.8 billion gallons in 2020! This production diverts agricultural, municipal and food waste that would otherwise languish in landfills.
You can burn Bioheat fuel in oil heating equipment without needing modifications. It reduces sulfur oxide, carbon dioxide, particulate matter and mercury emissions.
And every day, there are advances in the biodiesel blend of this revolutionary product. In New England, we see Bioheat blends with 20% or 50% biodiesel (also known as B20 and B50, respectively).
The industry is on track to reach a B100 blend by 2050, a product that will eliminate 8.59 million metric tons of carbon!
Government agencies, advocacy groups, private companies — we’re all working hard to halt and reverse the effects of climate change. There are many solutions out there for reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Bioheat fuel has the distinct advantage of being available and in use today.
Heating fuel retailers are delivering this eco-friendly fuel to homes in Maine and nationwide. Combined with other carbon reduction innovations — like renewable propane and renewable natural gas — the HVAC-R industry is at the forefront of America’s clean-energy solution.
Are you ready to join a dynamic HVAC-R sector that is ensuring Maine households’ comfort while working toward a greener planet? The MEMA Technical Education Center can be the pathway to your success. For more information about our industry-designed training programs, contact us by phone or through this website.