Biomass Boiler

The Biomass Boiler burns organic material – wood chips – to generate heat, which is then fed into the University’s district heating system. The wood chips are sourced from local commercial forests within 30 miles of the University.  These forests are replanted following harvesting and managed on a long term sustainable basis.  The 0.995MW output boiler is projected to cut carbon emissions by 950tCO2e per annum.

Installation of the Biomass Boiler commenced in July 2012 in the new Energy Centre.  Construction works were completed in late 2012 and the boiler was commissioned in January 2013.

A planned shutdown of the district heating system takes place from 1 June to 20 September each year to facilitate statuory inspection examinations and essential maintenance.  The CHP will be turned off during the summer months as part of this review.

Heat produced from 1 August 2013 to 31 July 2014

  • Heat produced – 2,237,660 kWh
  • This is 16% of the campus heating demand
  • This is sufficient heat to supply 140 houses for 1 year