October 16, 2000

Brookhaven Lab's Oil-Heat Research Results in Consumer Savings

New Technologies, New Studies Hold Promise for Future Oil-Heat Savings


UPTON, NY - The price of home heating oil is expected to skyrocket this season, perhaps to more than $2 per gallon. But researchers in the Combustion Equipment Technology Program at the U.S. Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory are working to improve fuel-oil efficiency to help homeowners and small businesses keep costs down.

During the past decade, the Brookhaven program has already saved an estimated $6 billion for the 11 million Americans who heat their
homes with oil heat, seven million of which are in the Northeast. Future improvements in oil-heat technology currently under development at Brookhaven may help oil-heat customers save up to an additional $19.5 billion by the year 2010. Brookhaven's research is also leading to the development of ultra-low emissions combustion technologies that will help contribute to a cleaner environment.

Work at Brookhaven on heating equipment is sponsored jointly by the U.S. Department of Energy and the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority.

Ongoing research programs in Brookhaven's combustion equipment technology program include:

The U.S. Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory creates and operates major facilities available to university, industrial and government personnel for basic and applied research in the physical, biomedical and environmental sciences and in selected energy technologies. The Laboratory is operated by Brookhaven Science Associates, a not-for-profit research management company, under contract with the U.S. Department of Energy.