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A review of regulatory standard test methods for residential wood heaters and recommendations

Congratulations to the team for our recent publication in Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews on "A review of regulatory standard test methods for residential wood heaters and recommendations for their advancement." A brief summary of the article and the link to the full article are below.

In many regions, residential wood heaters are a leading source of harmful air pollution but only satisfy a small portion of local heating demands. In response, standardized laboratory test methods have been developed to characterize and limit wood heater emissions. While these test methods are a key tool for advancing both wood heater technology and environmental regulations, many of the experimental procedures are outdated and provide few actionable insights for improving heater performance. Furthermore, these test methods vary widely around the world and may not adequately capture the performance of wood heaters operating in residences. This study presents a comprehensive review of standardized wood heater test methods to identify fundamental experimental objectives and regulated performance metrics. Using the results of this review, recommendations are provided to make the test methods more accessible and representative of residential performance, while generating actionable data to motivate heater design improvements. This study elucidates the current state of standard test methods, and the developments needed to advance clean wood heater technologies and public policies.


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