Anglia Woodfuels Beneﬁting the environment, beneﬁting rural development �� Newsletter No.1 �������������������� Sustainable woodfuel Woodfuel comes in three forms The long-term objective is for – chips, pellets and logs. woodchip to provide sustainable becomes a reality For practical reasons and cost- and cost-effective heating for By John Austen, chairman of effectiveness, woodchip - suited homes, holiday cottages, Anglia Woodfuels to larger heating systems – is swimming pools, schools, currently leading the way. It hospitals, business centres and With pressure to reduce CO2 tends to be produced from other public buildings. emissions and to ﬁnd low-grade timber which has little alternatives for dwindling value for any other purpose. Importantly, the process – which fossil-based resources such as oil gives an incentive for woodland and gas, wood fuel is becoming a The challenge, which has been management - is bringing serious contender as an embraced regionally by Anglia wildlife, as well as alternative – and sustainable Woodfuels - a recently-formed environmental, – heat source. co-operative – is to ensure there is beneﬁts to our region. a recognised supply chain by Thankfully, 21st century bringing together woodland technology has been applied to owners, woodland contractors, the oldest fuel known and the farming co-operatives, local result is highly efﬁcient, fully authorities, woodfuel heating �� automated wood heating engineers, existing users of �������������������� systems. woodchip heating and those seeking to use woodfuel. Woodfuel is 90% carbon neutral ��������������������������� 10.00 9.00 By Gary Battell 8.00 7.00 6.00 ��������������� Woodfuel heating in Europe has become the norm and with 21st century 5.00 technology, woodfuel boilers are proving extremely efﬁcient. Added to 4.00 which, the process is virtually carbon neutral because when wood is burned 3.00 2.00 it only puts back into the atmosphere the carbon dioxide it absorbed when 1.00 it was growing. After allowing for CO2 emissions involved in planting, 0.00 Electric LPG canister Oil (29p per/l) Natural Gas LPG bulk Wood Pellet Wood Chip Wood Chip Wood Chip (8.8p/unit) (81p per/l) (2.8p/unit) (35p/l) (£125/T) 20% (£75/T) 30% (£55/T) 50% (£35/T) processing and transportation, woodfuel reduces emissions by over 90% ����� Suffolk CC - Gary Battell 08/06 when compared with gas or oil. Woodfuel also provides a market for low-grade timber giving an incentive for better woodland management which beneﬁts wildlife and the environment. There is plenty of woodland in East Anglia giving a local, sustainable source of fuel. It’s a win, win solution and we urge planners, architects, woodland owners and anyone interested in reducing carbon emissions to join Anglia Woodfuels. (see back page for details of how to join). Join us now Visit www.angliawoodfuels.co.uk or call 01603 730050* *Please note our registered ofﬁce is managed by Anglia Farmers so please don’t hang up when they answer your call. Installations in Private Homes running we only have to empty the ash bin about once a month, and it’s useful potash for the garden.” Woodchip Heating at St Edmunds Farm The Fuel Store During the recent renovation of St Edmunds Farm- house, the owners decided that it was the time to The 22 cubic metre hopper system was designed to consider an alternative fuel heating system for the provide two to three months’ heating when used with property. The rising cost of oil combined with their 50mm woodchip at 25% - 30% moisture. desire to install a ‘carbon neutral’ system were the This means that the hopper would usually be ﬁlled main factors in this decision. twice through the heating season, and once again to see the system through the summer period. The Having looked at all the options, they decided that GILLES hinged arm collection system is stronger than wood fuel heating would be the most practical. the conventional sprung sweeper systems and ensures Wood pellets were an attractive option, but as a consistent feed, regardless of the material being woodchip was also available locally it was decided to used. look at a system that could deal with both pellets and woodchip. Both products could be delivered to the Fuel Costs property by a blower lorry, which reduced the need for additional handling facilities – an important advantage With woodchip delivered to the owners. “It’s great, we can now phone and at £60 per tonne and oil order woodchips in just the same way we used to at 37p a litre, the system order oil,” commented the owner’s wife. should save the property owners around 70% on The Boiler their annual heating bill – amounting to around A number of boilers were looked at before the owners £2,350 per annum. decided that the GILLES system would offer them the The boilers run at up to highest levels of automation. “It was always impor- 94.5% efﬁciency, so the tant that we had a system we could happily leave if conversion of fuel into heat output is fantastic. we were too busy, or going to be away on holiday.” Additionally, the farmhouse is to be their home in Based on this saving and taking into consideration retirement and so a heating system that required a the effect of fuel price inﬂation, the payback on this great deal of user interaction was not a viable option. investment is seven to eight years. The system has They have been impressed by the level of control of a useful life of at least twenty years, so the saving their GILLES heating system. “This is press-button over the lifetime of the boiler will be well in excess of stuff, simple and easy to understand. You can time £150,000. to a second, heat to the exact temperature you want, and run radiators where you require them.” Energy innovations The GILLES HPK boilers, which are available from 10 “Energy Innovations were a great help in guiding us – 145kW, will cope with woodchip up to 50mm and through the decision-making process. Their team of moistures of up to around 35%, which means that engineers who designed the system, and the those with their own source of wood fuel could quite plumbers, did a great job and the installation went easily use a hired chipper to generate fuel of this wonderfully smoothly. The system has been ﬁnished speciﬁcation. This can offer some very economical to a very high standard. Since the boiler was started heating opportunities. The larger boilers, which are it has not missed a beat, which is great, as on their available up to 6,000kW, can deal with moisture levels advice we took the decision to get rid of our old oil of up to 60% and much larger fractions of material. boiler altogether. We’ve been thrilled with how efﬁcient and reliable the boiler has proved to be.” The GILLES cell wheel, which is a standard part of the feed system on all the woodchip boilers in the GILLES range, not only eliminates the risk of burn-back but also prevents blockage of the burner feed through cutting any oversize chips. This exclusive feature is particularly advantageous when burning your own woodchip, which can be a less consistent product. The owners have been amazed by how little ash is generated by the system. “When the heating is Installations in Country Estates Bayﬁeld Estate, Holt, Norfolk In 2004 North Norfolk landowner Roger Combe installed a 65 kW woodchip boiler at Bayﬁeld Hall to heat the 40 rooms there as well as the recently renovated stable block which houses an antique and design centre. Roger is now completely converted to the idea of woodfuel and says. “Wood is not just cheaper than oil, it is more efﬁcient, the house has never been so warm. Added to which it gives us a sustainable alternative to fossil fuels and the raw material is on my doorstep so there’s no need for large lorries to travel long distances through the countryside.” Roger is member of Anglia Woodfuels and says “I’m very pleased with the contract chipping that I’ve had done by Anglia Woodfuels, they have advised on chip quality and moisture content. Although there were early issues relating to fuel quality we have worked together to improve standards.” With help from Anglia Woodfuels, he recently secured funding from the Norfolk Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty Sustainable Development Fund towards a second boiler installation. This boiler – a Reka 100 kilowatt model supplied by J Riley Beet Harvesters of Attlebridge – will heat a new 20,000 sq ft of converted barns. The work space consisting of 4 distinct zones is being used for a shop conversion, business and ofﬁce space. For the project Roger decided to install this reliable but basic boiler with manual cleaning and no automatic restart. Roger has also bought the ﬁrst 24 m3 fuel hopper to be built for J Riley Beet Harvesters. He commented ‘although it is very expensive it is a justiﬁable cost and works well’. Roger added that there is sufﬁcient boiler capacity to also link the neighbouring farmhouse to the scheme. Installations in Public hot water tank. It has no back-up fossil fuel boiler, though Suffolk Buildings County Council has an arrangement in place to provide emergency oil Rendlesham Primary School, Suffolk heating within two hours if necessary. Rendlesham Primary School is a new build primary school in the village of The woodchip fuel supply chain has Rendlesham, north of Ipswich. been established using timber from It is one of six primary schools where local woodland. The process from Suffolk County Council has installed woodland to delivery is organised by wood heating systems. Eastern Woodfuel, located less than 1 mile away at nearby Bentwaters The school is heated with a 120 kW Parks, who are a woodfuel company Binder woodchip boiler installed providing woodfuel throughout and commissioned by Wood Energy Suffolk, Norfolk and Essex using Ltd. The equipment is housed in a their specialist blowing vehicle, purpose-built boiler and fuel store, tipping and walking ﬂoor trailers. giving an active storage volume of about 25m3. It has an integral 2000 Eastern Woodfuel is a member of litre buffer tank to control low load Anglia Woodfuels and they have conditions in summer and also supported Anglia Woodfuels provides a 150 kW peak load in development of training events and winter mornings. technical advice. The system has a small solar water heating system feeding into a large Visit www.angliawoodfuels.co.uk or call 01603 730050* *Please note our registered ofﬁce is managed by Anglia Farmers so please don’t hang up when they answer your call. About Anglia Infrastructure Scheme that is a UK-wide (England, Wales, diversiﬁcation and increase support for the development of Woodfuels Scotland and Northern Ireland) bio-energy. scheme. The Scheme provides Anglia Woodfuels is a wood fuel grants to producer groups and Anglia Woodfuels is actively supply producer-group, which is businesses to help the supporting the Forestry a company limited by guarantee. development of the supply chain Commission’s “Woodfuel Based in the east of England, it is required to harvest, store, Strategy for England” and on a a collective of members dedicat- process and supply certain regional level is proactively ed to developing a sustainable biomass to heat, combined heat involved in the Forestry approach to energy use. and power, and electricity Commission’s “Woodfuel Project end-users. for the East of England” The group has been established as part of a local project to The Bio-energy Infrastructure Anglia Woodfuels aims to encourage improved manage- Scheme’s objectives are to develop a woodfuel supply chain ment of woodlands through the increase the generation of throughout the Eastern Region development of new markets for renewable energy to help via a membership scheme that forest residues. reduce greenhouse gas offers a woodfuel chipping emissions; to contribute to service, technical advice and We have been awarded a grant sustainable development, rural support through site-visits, under Defra’s Bio-energy job creation and agricultural newsletters, a website and events. Jump on the Woodfuel Wagon There are a number of beneﬁts from membership, including: • organising a woodfuel infrastructure from currently under-managed woodland. We have forestry agents who are able to offer advice, submit England Woodland Grant Scheme (EWGS) applications and organise the felling and selling of woodland produce providing a proportion of that wood is used as woodfuel • hiring our Heizohack chipper with a fully trained and highly competent forestry contractor • advisory visits from woodfuel boiler engineers/installers for those people who are thinking of installing woodfuel heating • invitations to events, training days and conferences that we organise in partnership with the Anglian Woodland Project and the Forestry Commission •� make known changes in legislation and regulations that might affect the woodfuel industry and to also explain and promote grants and subsidies for wood heating equipment. The following groups may wish to consider being members: Woodland owners, property owners, tenants and developers seeking to use woodfuel, owners of woodchip heating boilers, heating engineers who specialise in woodfuel systems, woodland contractors, farming co-operatives and local authorities. Anglia Woodfuels Limited has two classes of membership: Full Members Each Full member must “grow” some of the biomass which the producer group is to supply to end-users, or use himself. Only Full members can contract hire the Heizohack chipper that is available for hire with a fully trained and highly competent forestry contractor. The ﬁrst year’s membership subscription & joining fee is £175 and £75 annual subscription thereafter. �� Associate Members �������������������� An Associate membership category for trade and interested parties who will receive a quarterly newsletter and invitation to Anglia Woodfuel events. The annual subscription is £25. Join us now Visit www.angliawoodfuels.co.uk or call 01603 730050* *Please note our registered ofﬁce is managed by Anglia Farmers so please don’t hang up when they answer your call.
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