Earley Ornamentals has completed the installation of a biomass heating system, joining a group of growers who have started using the technology.
North Yorkshire-based Earley has commissioned the installation of two biomass boilers, with outputs of 950kW and 199kW respectively. Both boilers feature moving grate technology to allow the use of a wider range of lower cost fuels, each one heating separate areas and the combination of the two will service the site’s six acres of glasshouses.
The bespoke installation of the Kalvis-MI and the smaller D’Alessandro CSA GM will save 664 tonnes of CO2 each year.
Growers including Pentland, Double H and Fresh Acres are now using biomass.
The design and installation of the biomass heating system was co-ordinated by a specialist team who retained the site’s gas-oil system for back-up and disaster recovery purposes. This system used to consume up to 250,000 litres of heating oil per annum.
Biomass boiler supplier was Ashwell Biomass Solutions. EBTech Solutions plumbed the boilers into Earley’s system and electrical specialist TCE carried out the electrical work.
All groundwork and the conversion of an existing barn, which will house eighteen tonnes of wood chips to fuel the biomass boilers, was completed by J.Kool Engineers. The woodchips will be supplied by Forest Fuels.
Explaining the motivation behind the installation of the biomass system, Earley Ornamentals managing director Simon Earley said: "As an energy intensive business we are always looking at ways of reducing our impact on the environment, not to mention spiraling fuel costs. Biomass brings much lower carbon emissions, improves energy efficiency by more than 20 per cent and, by sourcing the wood chips locally allows us to support our rural economy."
More than 180m young plants, made up of 1,700 varieties, are grown each year at Earley’s state-of-the-art 12-acre site near Thirsk, North Yorkshire.