The National Oilheat Research Alliance (NORA) Board of Directors has authorized funds to be spent on various research projects. Under PON No. 2019, NORA plans to award multiple cost-shared contracts in nine categories, up to a total of $350,000 for each award. There is no minimum project funding amount. NORA’s funding allocation may be adjusted depending on the quantity and quality of proposals received. All projects will be managed by NORA’s Research Center.
NORA PON No. 2019 seeks proposals to support the development, demonstration, and commercialization of Oilheat technologies and systems in the following categories (see the actual PON for details):
- Category A: Ability to go to 100% Low carbon liquid fuel (LCFW). Seeking fuels, components, and burners for NORA testing commercialization
- Category B: Biofuel blending, terminal storage, on-site storage & delivery
- Category C: Modeling and report demonstrating LCFW appliances are superior than electric heat pumps for residential applications
- Category D: Assessing the biofuel fuel supply and delivery infrastructure capabilities in 2030 and 2050 versus the demand, assuming B50 in 2030 and B100 in 2050
- Category E: Demonstrate and field test the integration of latest generation smart thermostats in boiler applications
- Category F: Demonstrate and field test self-diagnostic burners and or appliances that provide trend analysis, component approaching failure and troubleshooting failure analysis.
- Category G: Develop an analytical economic optimization model and report covering the sizing and operation of adding a cold climate heat pump to a non-condensing boiler
- Category H: Develop advanced heating technologies including LCLF heat pumps focusing on efficiency and zero net carbon
- Category I: Develop off-grid or grid failure heating systems that can operate in absence of power using batteries, generators or other means