The National Oilheat Research issued its first Project Opportunity Notice (PON) since its reauthorization on October 31, 2014 with a deadline for submissions of December 12, 2014. NORA’s President, John Huber, categorized the PON a success as the number and quality of proposals met or exceeded expectations.
The PON (No. 2014-001) sought proposals to support the development, demonstration and commercialization of Oilheat technologies and made available two million dollars in funding.
At the deadline close, twelve proposals had been received totaling more than $4.5 million for research on a cost shared basis with NORA. Under the proposals, NORA would contribute significant funding for the projects.
“It is exciting that this many companies, including manufacturers, consultants and laboratories, are so interested in adding to the already high-quality products and services offered to the American consumer by the Oilheating industry,” said Huber. “The quality of the concerns making the proposals is quite high and the topics are right on target with NORA’s long term plans.”
Although none of the proposals have gone through the entire process and been formally accepted, some of the topics proposed include: improving condensing appliances, low firing and modulating burners, delivery efficiency improvements and biodiesel/Bioheat® improvements.
All of the proposals are now under review by NORA’s technical experts. The next step is for NORA’s technical experts to make recommendations to the NORA technical committee for final approval.
NORA will continue to release PONs in the months and years ahead. They will be distributed to the industry through press releases and posted on the NORAweb.org site.