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Wood Chip Case Studies

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Usewoodfuel has created and collated a number of wood chip boiler case studies since 2008.

  • Drimsynie House Hotel

    The estate management team at the Drimsynie House Hotel in Lochgoilhead, identified energy usage as one of the potential cost savings for the business. Switching from oil fired boilers to renewable heat also reduces fossil fuel consumption, which is part of an overall environmental strategy for Drimsynie Estate. This case study was prepared by ALIEnergy.

  • Albyn Housing Society district heating case study

    Albyn Housing Society Ltd was one of the first housing associations in Scotland to propose a sizeable woodfuel district heating system in a newly built housing estate. This has resulted in a showcase development in Aviemore North, situated within the Cairngorms National Park, which has been operational since October 2006. The scheme provides lower, more stable heating costs for its tenants and reduces carbon emissions while using sustainable woodfuel sources.

  • Whittingehame Estate: Self supply of woodfuel through farm woodland management

    Michael Brander, owner of Whittingehame Estate, wanted a more environmentally sustainable and lower cost source of heating fuel for newly renovated estate buildings. At the same time, the need to bring 300 acres ofwoodlands back into good order, after 50 years of neglect, presented a major financial burden.

  • Gilbert Properties wood fuel case study

    Housing development

    A domestic district heating scheme which incorporates both biomass and solar technology, the first of its kind for the Scottish Borders. The development comprises nine domestic properties which are a mix of steading conversion and new build. The system is managed by an Energy Services Company (ESCo).

  • Lakeland Smolts wood fuel case study

    Lakeland Smolts hatchery tanks

    The first salmon hatchery in Scotland to use woodfuel to heat their large storage tanks. The site produces 26 million eggs, 7 million salmon fry and 1 million salmon smolts annually. The conversion to woodfuel has dramatically reduced operating costs. The system has a specialised computer system to monitor heat at each stage of the process, and a walking floor to take chips from the store directly to the burner.

  • Pentland Plants wood fuel case study

    Pentland Plants commercial greenhouse

    The first horticultural business in the UK to switch to woodfuel, aiming to reduce annual heating costs of £300,000. A business energy audit and site evaluation was undertaken and a range of renewable technologies considered. Wood fuel was the easiest and most cost-effective method of meeting the business’s energy needs. There have been significant financial benefits.

  • Lovat Arms Hotel wood fuel case study

    As part of their upgrade, the hotel has switched to a wood fuel system providing central heating and hot water. This modern and efficient system uses locally-supplied wood chips and has substantially reduced heating costs.

  • Kincardine Castle Case Study

    This case study outlines the work carried out to install a more efficient, economical and sustainable heating system in Kincardine Castle in Aberdeenshire. Two biomass boilers were installed reusing the existing heating pipe runs and radiators, minimising intervention to fabric.

  • Uist Asco

    Uist Asco process and dry seaweed using heat from their 999kW Binder woodchip boiler. The dried seaweed is sold as organic fertiliser, animal feed, alginate, and for further refining into chemical products.

  • NHS Highland Biomass Case Study

    In 2013 NHS Highland commissioned the installation of seven heat cabins and four additional biomass systems as part of its ambitious carbon reduction plan. Each of the projects provides both an income and a reduction in cost of fuel. The savings are split between further energy saving measures and providing additional frontline care budgets to be spent on patient services.

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