A district heating system was established in the small village of Beuchte in 2008. The heat is produced in two 250 kW furnaces using woodchips which are produced from local SRP poplar by a local farmer. The first SRPs were established in 2009. Today more than 30 hectares of SRP are grown within a 10km radius of the village. Currently, […]
Umberleigh Barton Farm is a working mixed farm situated in North Devon. The owners of the farm business have installed a biomass boiler to supply space and water heating to the various buildings on site. As a result the farm is no longer dependent on the fluctuating costs of heating oil. The Umberleigh Barton Farm complex consists of six residential […]
This case study provides details of how to properly grow and use short rotation coppice (SRC) woodchip in a medium scale district heating scheme. Gurteen Agricultural College grows 30 hectares of SRC and dries the woodchip produced before it is used to fuel 2 x 300 kilowatt biomass boilers. This project has followed best practice […]
Tredethick Farm Cottages located in Lostwithiel, Cornwall is using miscanthus grass as a fuel to provide district heating to 8 holiday lets, a farmhouse and a swimming pool. Crops for Energy was commissioned by the farm owner/proprietor Tim Reed to assist in the initial feasibility study and subsequent management of the project.
Folly Farm is a learning centre based near Chew Valley Lake which is owned and managed by the Avon Wildlife Trust. The farmhouse and outbuildings date from the late 17th to early 20th century and underwent a complete redevelopment between 2006 and 2008. The chosen biomass system was a 150 kW Greentec wood pellet boiler […]
This case study provides details of a domestic scale biomass boiler in a low energy building used for educational visits, training and conferences. Wills Barn, which is owned by Yeo Valley Organic, is a 250 year old limestone building that was renovated between 2006 and 2008. It is not connected to the national grid or […]
Fernhill Farm is an ambitious renovation of a derelict 17th century farmhouse and farm buildings linked by a mini district heating scheme. The biomass boiler installed is a 70 kilowatt Froling log boiler which requires 23 tonnes of woodfuel per year. The boiler was installed before the Renewable Heat Incentive was launched. This case study was […]