Dan Henry, chief technical officer for Hearth and Home Technologies, recently was named interim co-chair of the Fiber Committee of the Biomass Coordinating Council (BCC) within the American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE). Henry will be responsible for leading BCC efforts to raise awareness and promote the benefits of biomass for energy.
“Biomass fuel is at the forefront of green alternatives for energy,” said Henry. “In fact, the direct thermal conversion of biomass eliminates roughly 75 percent of carbon emissions associated with fossil fuel, and displaces twice as much imported oil as ethanol. As a BCC leader, I will work diligently to promote and further the benefits of biomass as a renewable energy.”
Last year in the U.S., biomass accounted for about half of the renewable energy produced, which is a higher percentage than that derived from wind and other renewable sources. Yet the industry, particularly biomass for heat, has forfeited government support largely due to misconceptions about air quality and emissions when burning biomass. However, strict EPA standards have been in place for more than 20 years regulating particulate emissions for wood burning stoves. Creating awareness of clean-burn technology appliances and the tremendous net energy return* of the direct thermal conversion of biomass are imperative to gaining governmental and consumer support. *Note: net energy return is the energy provided by the fuel vs. the amount of energy required to produce and transport the fuel.
“In the U.S., between 800,000 and 1,000,000 homes are being heated with pellets,” said Henry. “In fact, the Harman and Quadra-Fire wood and pellet stoves sold in 2008 have the potential to offset nearly a million barrels of oil used for home heating annually – and that doesn’t take into account stoves sold from the remainder of our industry. It is certain that biomass will continue to play a critical role in decreasing U.S. dependence on fossil fuels while helping to create a greener environment.”
A 30-year veteran of the hearth industry, Henry was the co-founder of Aladdin Steel Products in Colville, Wash., where he invented the Quadra-Fire® line of wood and pellet burning hearth products. Aladdin was acquired by Hearth & Home Technologies in 1998 and since that time, Henry has held leadership positions in research and development and advanced technologies for the company.
“It is our pleasure to officially welcome Dan into the leadership ranks of the organization,” said Bill Holmberg, chair of the Biomass Coordinating Council. “He was chosen because of his remarkable accomplishments in the biomass field and his track record of demonstrating leadership and enthusiasm for the biomass sector.”
In addition to his recent appointment to the BCC, Henry is the chairman of the Government Affairs Committee for the Hearth, Patio and Barbecue Association. He is on the board of directors of the Pellet Fuel Institute (PFI) and co-chairs the PFI Fuel Standards Committee. He is a member of Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty’s Clean Energy Technology Collaborative, and is involved in the advisory committee for Washington State’s “Burn Smart, Burn Clean” campaign under the auspices of the Washington State Department of Ecology.
About ACORE and the BCC
Founded in November 2001, American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE) works to bring all forms of renewable energy into mainstream America economy and lifestyle. While working to create a better understanding of renewable energy issues, ACORE educates the American public on topics relating to renewable energy solutions and leadership through strategic communications programs.
The Biomass Coordinating Council (BCC) is the branch of ACORE responsible for accelerating the adoption of renewable biofuels, biopower and bio-based products within mainstream American society, while reducing America’s dependence on oil, creating a cleaner environment and expanding markets for rural America.
About Hearth & Home Technologies Inc.
Hearth & Home Technologies is the world’s leading provider of whole hearth systems including fireplaces, stoves and inserts, as well as furnaces that utilize biomass fuels. Its family of brands includes Harman™, Heatilator®, Heat & Glo®, Quadra-Fire® and Fireside Hearth & Home® retail stores and builder design centers. The company offers a wide variety of energy efficient and environmentally sustainable hearth products, which are manufactured, packaged and delivered with respect for the environment. Hearth & Home Technologies is a subsidiary of HNI Corporation (NYSE: HNI), the second largest office furniture manufacturer in the United States. More information can be found at www.hearthnhome.com