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Biomass: creating comfort and cost savings!

Biomass: creating comfort and cost savings!


Rising fuel costs and the appeal of a government green scheme has sparked the owners of a 16th century coaching inn to overhaul their heating and hot water system, replacing it with a wood chip boiler supplied by natural energy company, Euroheat.

Glan yr Afon Inn, located in Holywell, Flintshire, North Wales, has undergone considerable extension over the last two years and now provides 14 luxury bedrooms – all benefitting from wood heating in the form of an HDG Compact 80kW wood chip boiler, which is saving some 35 tonnes in CO2 when compared to oil!

Installation firm, Menai Heating, partnered Euroheat in the project. Lee Maher, owner, explained: “The project brief involved working with some elements of the existing structure and updating the building’s radiators. There is a specially designed plant room, which houses the boiler and pellet storage tank, but also doubles as a laundry room, enabling the washing to be hung out and dried overnight further saving on running costs of expensive tumble driers and unnecessary electricity usage.



“The system will use approximately 28 tonnes of wood chip to generate around 130,000kWh, with the owners expecting around £9,000 per annum from the installation under the government’s Renewable Heat Incentive.”

Owner of Glan yr Afonin, Karen Wright, explained: “It was an easy choice for us to switch to a biomass heating system, as we have a similar system installed in our home, so we are well aware of the cost savings and green credentials. Escalating oil prices and various government green schemes mean that long-term, we will repay the cost of the system and create a more successful and sustainable business.

“A massive positive, as well as the improved comfort for our guests, is their reaction to the biomass system, with some requesting to see it in action! A great deal of our business is from Gwynt y Mor, which is close by; an area which is championing green technologies with the construction of an offshore wind farm.”

The wood chip is sourced from local, managed woodland and the owners are planning to use biomass in another of their building projects that is in the pipeline.

The HDG Compact range is a fully automatic wood heating system suitable for use with chips, savings and pellets (up to 45 per cent wood moisture content), making it a good option for a range of commercial buildings. It features a patented back-burn protection with rotary feeder, an automatic cleaning and ash removal option, and optimum emissions values with the HDG Compatronic controller.