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Devon businesses can check out biomass heating at open day

Posted by Cathy Debenham on 9 September 2013 at 11:50 am

Devon biomass businesses are throwing open the doors of more than 20 installations to the public on September 18.

11 businesses and their customers have come together for the Renewable Heat at Work open day to show where the fuel comes from, and let visitors get hands-on with wood-powered installations.

The event will allow vistors to question multiple suppliers and system owners face-to-face to figure out if using wood-to-heat in your business is right for you. Expect live demonstrations of how biomass can save businesses money and slash emissions as well as discovering how the woodfuel is produced.

With support from Devon County Council and the Forestry Commission, the free-to-attend event will feature Devon-based biomass installers Treco, fuel providers Forest Fuels and customers like Hollyfield poultry farm have worked with Regen SW. Besides several different farms you can visit leisure centres, hotels, care homes and schools, and fuel producers – take your pick!  All you have to do is sign up.  

Heating from biomass in Devon has increased by over 10MW in the last year, fuelled by rising confidence in government incentives and falling installation costs. For any business – especially ones that use a lot of heat – burning fossil fuels is costly. Biomass can be any attractive option, offering rapid return on investment thanks to low running costs and the current government incentives. Most larger installations use locally-produced woodchip which is sustainable, creates rural jobs and and cuts CO2 emissions significantly.

Les Heywood at Hollyfield poultry farm said: “The biomass boilers have given us a much improved environment for our birds. We now have total control of humidity levels, and the dry heat has increased bird welfare and reduced the cost of inputs. The significant investment also provides a long term financial return to the farm.”

Gordon Traill, MD of Tiverton-based Treco, said: “Heating is often a hidden technology, but Devon has the most biomass heat installations in the south west, and an experienced and competent supply chain is busy delivering them up and down the county. The open day will allow businesses and communities worried about their next winter fuel bill to find out how biomass can generate them an income.”

More details and an interactive map of the open sites are on the Regen SW website.

More information

The YouGen guide to biomass boilers

The YouGen guide to the renewable heat incentive

From the blog

Introduction to biomass boilers for heating and hot water

What to expect from you biomass boiler

 

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