Meet the Judges
John Ackerly (standing) is the Executive Director of the Alliance For Green Heat, who pulled the Wood Stove Challenge together. He and his staff did a fantastic job to make this happen.
Ben Myren of Myren Consulting, an EPA accredited wood stove testing lab in Colville, Washington.
Ben was in charge of fueling all of the stoves, and was given the final say by the judges in determining fuel loadings. He worked very, very hard for 5 days.
Judges Tom Butcher and Phil Hopke operating the new German Woehler emissions analyzer, with help from Woehler U.S.A. head Peter Cullen.
Tom runs the Brookhaven National Laboratory combustion lab, and Phil is director of the Institute for a Sustainable Environment at Clarkson University.
Ellen Burkhard from NYSERDA in discussion with a rep from ICC, who generously donated the chimneys and (center) Mark Champion.
Mark worked with Dr. Dennis Jaasma at Virginia Tech on some of the original landmark wood stove research, and was co-author of the Crested Butte study, the first ever field study of EPA certified stoves.
Reception at the Austrian Embassy, DC.
Myself and fellow judges Ellen Burkhard, NYSERDA, Bill Clarke, Osprey Foundation, Rebecca Trojanowski, Brookhaven National Laboratory, Phil Hopke, Clarkson University, David Agrell, Popular Mechanics.
Dr. Thomas Stoelzl, Economic Counsellor – Austrian Embassy
Dr. Thomas Schiffert, Managing Director of the Austrian Association of Tile Stove Producers
Richard Jussel, who designed and built the Austrian Eco-Labelled tile stove (Kachelofen) that was chosen as a contestant in the Decathlon.
There was a full schedule of panel discussions.
This one was on Thermal Biomass Policy, with (l. to r.) Michael Freeberg, H.U.D., Chris Rauscher from Senator King’s office, Ned Stowe, Bioenergy consultant, and moderator Joe Seymour, Biomass Thermal Energy Council (BTEC)
Panel on Developing a Green Label for Wood and Pellet Stoves.
Left to right: Abigail Daken, EPA Energy Star, moderator Rod Tinnemore, Wood Stove Co-Ordinator for the Washington State Department of Ecology, Ellen Burkhard, New York State Energy Research Authority (NYSERDA). NYSERDA was the lead sponsor of the Decathlon.
I moderated a panel on “What Makes Stoves Cleaner and More Efficient ?”, with Karen Elder from Schott-Robax and Allen Carroll, Catalytic Hearth Caucus.
The Wittus was a favorite among the judges for consumer appeal, with its spectacular downdrafting gasification stage. It tied for second place overall in the final rankings.
End of Part 1.
Check back at MHA News for Part 2, which will get into more depth on the testing of the different models