NHS commissions low carbon biomass heating system with Rural Energy

Harbour 7Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust has chosen biomass technology supplied by Rural Energy to heat its new £40m mental health facility ‘The Harbour’, in Blackpool.

The new biomass boiler has helped The Harbour meet the high standards set by BREEAM to deliver a sustainable and low carbon building with a long lifespan. The Herz BioFire 600kW boiler will greatly reduce the facility’s energy bills whilst also providing a significant income from the government’s RHI scheme.

This design and development process was led by principal contractor Integrated Health Projects (IHP) – the P21+, Sir Robert McAlpine/VINCI Construction UK joint venture.

Rural Energy has worked closely with NG Bailey, the M&E contractor on this project, to understand the Trust’s scope and expectations. Rural Energy specified a bespoke biomass solution that included a Herz BioFire 600kW biomass boiler and a giant underground fuel store.

In partnership with NG Bailey and Glosflume, the installation incorporates the largest fuel feed and store that Rural Energy has ever installed. The massive 157m3 fuel store will reduce the number of fuel deliveries and lessen potential disruption to residents.

The installation was supported by filtration specialists Glosfume who provided an advanced ceramic filtration system.

Paul Clark, Managing Director at Rural Energy, commented: “This was a challenging project with tight timescales and significant space limitations on site but we are delighted with the finished result. Rural Energy has been involved with this project for a number of years, providing technical and logistical advice since the public consultation stage. We have journeyed with the Trust and provided a bespoke renewable solution that will provide low-cost energy long into the future.”

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