Wood Chip Case Studies

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

  • Community Woodland Management for Woodfuel

    North West Mull Community Woodland Company Ltd own 700ha of woodland on Mull which is actively managed for the benefit of the community. This case study looks at the approach that NWMCWC takes to forest management and the production of a sustainable supply of woodfuel for the island.

  • Woodfuel in the Dairy Sector – Outer Blair Farm

    This case study looks at the way a dairy farm has integrated biomass heating into the farm and dairy operations. A woodfuel mini district heating system was installed in June 2013 and provides heat and hot water to the farm house, cottage, dairy and calf houses.

  • Hanover Housing Association

    Walter Cameron Way comprises 23 units providing sheltered housing to a range of residents. The 16 flats and 7 cottages were previously served by a central oil fired boiler. As part of their commitment to enhancing sustainability generating energy cost savings, Hanover Housing has installed a woodfuelled heating system which has allowed them to deliver a 40% reduction in their heating costs as well as saving around 100 tonnes of CO2 per annum.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Lovat Arms Hotel

    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.

  • Pentland Plants

    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.

  • Woodfuel in Practice – the Hospitality industry

  • Lakeland Smolts

    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.

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