NEW YORK — The New York Oil Heating Association (NYOHA) is helping a teacher in the Bronx, New York, use clean-burning Bioheat® fuel as a teaching tool in HVAC training.

Peter Gonzalez is teaching the science of Bioheat fuel — as well as math, chemistry, and English — to Bronx Design and Construction Academy juniors this fall, with the help of NYOHA, AMERIgreen fuel, and Schildwachter Oil Co. “New York City has mandated a 2 percent biodiesel blend, and I’m trying to educate the students on Bioheat fuel and the importance of the industry going green,” Gonzalez said.

“We are very proud to support the excellent work that Peter Gonzalez is doing to help prepare New York City students for a future in the Bioheat fuel industry,” said NYOHA CEO Rocco Lacertosa. A member of the school’s HVAC Advisory Board, Lacertosa recently visited the class and discussed the industry as well as career opportunities with Gonzalez’s students.

NYOHA arranged to have Schildwachter Oil Co. deliver 150 gallons of AMERIgreen’s B100 Bioheat fuel to the school. The students burn various blends in heating equipment and use combustion analysis tools to profile the emissions at each level.

Experimenting with blend levels is a timely exercise for the students, because the New York City Council is now considering raising the biodiesel blend level to 5 percent in 2016 and 20 percent by 2030. New York City currently requires a minimum of B2 Bioheat fuel — a blend of 2 percent biodiesel with #2 or #4 heating oil; and New York State requires the use of ultra-low sulfur heating oil, which has 99 percent less sulfur than traditional heating oil.

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Publication date: 12/7/2015

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