University of Maryland Extension

Alternative Energy

Manure to Energy Byproducts are Useful Nutrient Sources

Manure is a great fertilizer for nutrient-poor soils. However, when transport costs limit utilization, alternative uses such as energy production become viable. In most cases, manure-to-energy practices produce nutrient-rich byproducts that can be used as a soil amendment. While nitrogen (N) may be...

Boiler Operator Training: Optimizing Operations and Switching to Biomass

Saturday, May. 13, 2017 (All day)
J.G. McIlvain Sawmill
Got a gas or oil boiler and ready to consider biomass? Come learn about operating biomass boilers well from one of the leaders in Maryland, J.G. McIlvain lumber suppliers and distributors, and network with others in the boiler and biomass industry. Classroom topics include: combustion basics,...

Mid-Shore Solar Energy Leasing Workshop

Friday, Dec. 9, 2016 - 9:30am to 1:00pm
Chesapeake College
Photo by Edwin Remsberg. Landowners with properties in Caroline, Dorchester, Queen Anne’s, and Talbot counties who have been approached to lease their land to solar and wind energy companies are invited to attend a four-hour workshop December 9, 2016, at Chesapeake College. Three faculty from the...

The Wood Stove Checklist (FS-936)

This checklist is designed to assist residential energy auditors in providing recommendations to homeowners about their wood stove, which may be their primary or secondary heating system. The two most prominent energy auditor accreditors trained by Building Performance Institute and Residential...

Buying & Storing Firewood & Pellets (FS-937)

Every year, hundreds of thousands of Americans are sold substandard cord wood. This sheet will help you avoid getting a raw deal next time you buy firewood. And if you heat with pellets, there are a number of tips you should follow that will impact your fuel choices.

Buying a Secondhand Wood Stove (FS-938)

Wood stoves are one of the appliances that generally should be purchased new. This fact sheet reviews why and why not to buy a used stove, and how and where to buy one. For example, if you’re going to use the stove more than twice a week during the winter, get a new one. You will end up paying less...

Buying a Clean Burning Wood Stove (FS-939)

People chose to heat with wood for many different reasons. Your own personal priorities will help you decide what type of heater is best for you. Are you mainly looking to save money or decrease your fossil fuel consumption? Do you have a large or small space to heat? Do you value automation or...

Considerations for your Wood or Pellet Stove Installation (FS-940)

Unless you’re an expert and have been trained in wood stove installation, it’s better to have your stove put in by a certified hearth professional. Attempting to do the job yourself, while it may seem cheaper, is full of safety risks. Needless to say, it’s not recommended. And, there is a chance...

Biomass Boot Camp

Monday, Feb. 23, 2015 - 9:30am to 4:30pm
Overhills Mansion
In April 2014, the Maryland Department of Environment passed new regulations to allow the use of wood and other biomass to fuel commercial boiler systems. This development allows schools, colleges, public buildings, businesses, hospitals, greenhouses, and other facilities to utilize wood from...

Best Practices in Wood and Pellet Stove Incentive Programs Webinar

Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Online
The University of Maryland Extension Woodland Stewardship Education program will host a one-hour webinar on Thursday, December 4th from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. to provide an overview of the “best practices” in wood and pellet stove incentive programs across the United States. As renewable energy...

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