Looking for heating oil alternatives? Brewer open house will feature them

Posted Jan. 05, 2012, at 7:31 p.m.
Last modified Jan. 05, 2012, at 10:06 p.m.

BREWER, Maine — An event featuring alternatives to heating oil will be held at a local business on Friday.

Approximately 50 municipal and business officials will be among the more than 100 people expected to attend the reVision Heat Get Off Oil Open House at the company showroom at 510 Wilson St. The event will showcase alternative energy and heating systems such as OkoFEN automated pellet boilers, Stibel Eltron heat pump water heaters, Fujitsu Air Source heat pumps, and Rika pellet stoves.

“We decided in November to do this and we kind of went from that to inviting some other businesses to participate who are involved with us or provide complementary services or products and it grew into this,” said reVision Heat marketing manager Candi Huber. “The response has been really awesome.”

Kenneth Fletcher, director of the Maine Office of Energy Independence and Security, is expected to attend along with officials from the Maine House of Representatives and municipalities including Bangor, Brewer, Hampden, Old Town and Orono.

In addition to reVision Heat, which also has a showroom in Portland, Maine businesses such as Trans-Tech of Brewer, Bangor Gas, and reVision Energy of Liberty and Portland will be featured at the event. There will be information on Efficient Electric heat, which uses heat pump technology with air source heat pumps; gasifying wood boilers; and natural gas boilers.

The catered open house event runs from 4 to 8 p.m.

Between 5 and 6 p.m., Trans-Tech will demonstrate a new pneumatic delivery truck it designed and built for Maine Energy Systems of Bethel. The truck, which utilizes a tank shape featuring two bowls — or aeration beds — at the bottom, fills pellet hoppers in one-fifth the time it takes traditional airlock-and-conveyor trucks to do. The truck, which has a capacity of 8 or 9 tons, loads the pellets through a 4-inch hose in the same fashion as a heating oil delivery truck. Oil trucks traditionally use a 1¼-inch hose.

“It will be the first live media event we’ve done to showcase the system with that tank,” said Trans-Tech project engineer Tom Fick. “It’s only been in use for a year, but we have some probable customers with interest from the Southwest and Canada.”

Four attendees will win an oil boiler optimization package worth about $250.

“You can save up to 100 gallons a year with it,” Huber said.

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