Green heat for home

An Alnwick-based biomass firm has custom-fitted a 250,000 wood-pellet heater into a Cumbrian care home which is using green power to keep its citizens warm and comfortable. Re: heat worked for 18 months with the owners of the Rosehill residential home at Aglionby to design a bespoke, sustainable heater to replace oil-fired boilers.

The 500kW biomass boiler is sustained by wood pellets kept in a new building on website created by McKnight & Son after re: heat’s comprehensive design work to understand the heating needs of the grade II-listed care home. Re: heat likewise manages the fuel supply and delivery of wood pellet stocks at the home, to guarantee residents are never ever without heat and warm water.

The new system is cutting fuel bills for owners, the Henry Lonsdale Trust, in combination with benefits the home gets through the Government’s Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) plan.

John Mallinson, chairman of the Henry Lonsdale Charitable Trust, stated: We were planning to make the home more sustainable, trying to find an environmentally-friendly heating option making us more competitive in the future. The included bonus offer for us with the biomass boiler is that we have actually set up something environmentally-friendly which provides us with all the heat and warm water our residents require.

We’ve likewise installed a solar farm which offers us our own electricity to use, when we have a surplus we sell it via the National Grid. Biomass is far more sustainable than oil. We picked re: heat based upon their competence and performance history and this has shown to be an excellent decision.

Ben Tansey, re: heat director, stated the biomass boiler is big enough to create heat for 25 average-sized family homes.

What the biomass boiler gives the residents and owners of Rosehill is a lower cost, sustainable and more robust system than the oil boilers they had, he added.

We sat down with the care-home owners to actually comprehend what their requirements were, why they wished to alter, to take a look at the design of the listed building and see how this system might be carefully suited place.

It is important that the locals have a high and constant level of heat and the technical options we have actually put forward for Rosehill have actually made sure that we are future-proofing their heater.

The principle we took for the whole scheme was that with some added capital investment in the future, they will have the choice to change to alternative sustainable fuel sources such as wood chip for example so they continue to be flexible and able to make the most of cost efficient alternatives which might develop.