Biomass boiler to heat world's biggest greenhouses at
The Eden Project has won funding for a state-of-the-art biomass
boiler run on purpose-grown miscanthus (elephant grass) and
woodchip to supply heat to the world-famous Biomes.
The £175,000 boiler installation is due to take place
in March 2006. It has been funded with investment of £76,000
from the Objective One programme and £64,000 from the
Department of Trade and Industry's Clear Skies initiative,
with the balance coming from Eden's own funds.
The Austrian-built 300kw boiler will be fuelled by biomass
grown specifically as fuel and sourced from within Cornwall
as close as practical to the Eden Project at Bodelva. It will
be more cost effective than Eden's current gas boiler and
will act as a high-profile demonstration site for the technology,
promoting further installations and markets for regional suppliers
The boiler will operate continuously and is expected to
provide 50% of the supply for Eden's main system, heating
the Foundation Building, where most of the project's administrative
staff are based and the Humid Tropics and Warm Temperate Biomes,
the largest greenhouses in the world.
Its introduction will reduce net carbon emissions from Eden's
heating system by 49 per cent, representing a reduction of
483 tonnes of carbon dioxide a year.
Chris Hines, Eden's sustainability director, said: "This
is a significant development for the Eden Project. Talking
about sustainability is one thing, for Eden it is essential
that we also walk our talk. This means looking at all of our
operations behind the visitor destination and trying to ensure
that we do these in as sustainable a manner as possible. This
helps us tackle the way we heat our Biomes.
"Climate change and energy generation is the biggest
issue facing humanity and this new boiler will help reduce
our carbon impact and importantly acts as part of our educational
content. It also helps protect us from fluctuations in the
price of oil and gas and therefore helps secure the finances
of the whole organisation.
"For other organisations and individuals the issues
are all the same and we are delighted to be part of the vanguard
driving this forward.
"In terms of producing emissions of harmful carbon
dioxide, biomass is broadly neutral. It means we will be far
less reliant on mains gas and that if the gas supply is ever
cut off, we will still have a ready supply of heat to protect
our plants, particularly in the Humid Tropics Biomes. Our
aim is that the fuel which goes into the boiler will be sourced
within 15 miles of Eden."
Carleen Kelemen, Director of the Objective One Partnership,
said: "Sustainable development is a core theme running
throughout the entire programme. This investment coupled with
the iconic profile of Eden sets the standard for addressing
alternative energy creation, the use of novel crops and the
respect for our environment."
Clear Skies manager Chris Roberts, of built environment
consultancy BRE, said: "We are delighted that Clear
Skies has been able to help Eden meet a significant part of
its energy needs with biomass technology, and that the project
is taking a lead in the sort of sustainable energy use that
is so important in combating climate change."
The boiler is the latest innovation at Eden aimed at protecting
the environment. Last April the project installed a £200,000
Neter 30 composter, the first of its kind in the UK, which
is designed to 'eat' leftover food and other waste
and turn it into high-nutrient compost.
For further information please contact David Rowe head of
press and PR, Eden Project on 01726 811901 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Objective One Programme for Cornwall and the
Isles of Scilly has invested in the Eden Biomass Project through
the European Agricultural Guidance and Guarantee Fund (EAGGF).
Anyone considering a new horticulture, food and
land based industries project is advised to speak with Maria
Ford, at Government Office South West on 01752 635015 before
commencing development as there are now only limited funds
available due to the successful uptake of funding by the agricultural
sector in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.
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