What Is B100 Bioheat® Fuel?

Date: August 29, 2023

The Key to Reaching Net-Zero Carbon Emissions

heating oil massachusetts Bioheat® fuel is not only helping to reduce carbon emissions right now, it will continue to reduce emissions each year as it evolves into B100, an all-biodiesel home heating fuel.

That’s why Bioheat fuel is playing an important role in helping Massachusetts reach the net-zero carbon emissions goals that were outlined in the Commonwealth’s Clean Energy and Climate Plan for 2050.

Renewable heating fuels like Bioheat fuel combine ultra-low-sulfur heating oil and biodiesel. A gallon-for-gallon substitute for traditional petroleum, biodiesel is a “decarbonizing-now” solution that makes Bioheat fuel a drop-in fuel that’s more than ready for prime time.

It’s estimated that widespread regional use of Bioheat fuel already prevents more than 1.5 million tons of carbon dioxide emissions from polluting the atmosphere every year. Those emissions will shrink even further as the ratio of biodiesel blends increase in the years ahead.

That time will arrive sooner than you may think. Some companies in Massachusetts with the necessary resources already deliver a B50 blend (50% heating oil and 50% biodiesel). A few companies have even begun delivering 100% renewable B100 Bioheat fuel. Plus, it was recently announced that production of fully warrantied oil burners with B100-compliant components have now become a reality.

NORA Opens Eyes with Net-Zero Home

The National Oilheat Research Alliance (NORA) continues to pursue research with other partners on making B100 Bioheat fuel a reality.

NORA has been a leader in the transition to low carbon liquid fuels in the home heating sector for decades through testing and promoting the use of the advanced biofuel (biodiesel) that’s combined with traditional heating oil. NORA’s liquid fuels research laboratory in Plainview, NY is among the leading facilities in the U.S. conducting this type of research.

As an example, NORA has demonstrated that a home heated with 100% biodiesel and using solar panels to produce electricity can reach net-zero carbon emissions quickly — and at an economically viable cost. The Energy Kinetics System 2000® heating oil boiler is used in the NORA Net-Zero Home with the new Beckett B100 burner.

How Bioheat Fuel Decarbonizes Your Home

Bioheat fuel’s already low carbon emissions are considered recycled carbon since that carbon becomes fully absorbed by the plant materials contained in biodiesel.

In contrast, when traditional fossil fuels that do not contain biodiesel are burned, they take carbon that was originally stored in the ground and release 100% of that carbon into the atmosphere, where it will remain for decades.

Save $600 with Federal Tax Credits

Congress recently passed the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA), which allows homeowners to claim a federal tax credit of $600 for installing ENERGY STAR-certified heating oil systems that use renewable fuel blends of at least 20% biodiesel.

Since many full-service heating oil companies in the Commonwealth install high-efficiency heating oil systems compatible with Bioheat fuel, there is a good chance you can qualify for this tax credit! (Please reach out to your heating oil company to get started).

There are long-term savings too. A new heating oil system should help you save 20% or more on your annual heating costs.

The inclusion of tax credits for heating equipment powered by liquid renewable fuels provides validation by Congress that advanced biofuel (biodiesel) can reliably eliminate carbon emissions from homes.

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