Heat from biomass at CAFRE’s Enniskillen campus


THE installation of a biomass boiler has resulted in a 95% reduction in oil required to heat the main building at CAFRE, Enniskillen Campus.

This renewable energy source contributes very significantly to CAFRE’s commitment to reduce its usage of fossil fuels and cut carbon emissions.

During 2010-2011 a 300 KW woodchip boiler together with 2 x 5000-litre thermal stores were installed at Enniskillen Campus. During the main heating period in the Campus from September until May, the fully automated boiler operates 24 hours each day, 7 days per week providing most of the energy requirements for both domestic hot water and heat. The heating system is supplemented by an oil boiler during periods of high heat demand.

In addition to a significant saving of approximately 35% in fuel costs, the biomass boiler has resulted in carbon saving of almost 200 tonnes each year. There will be an opportunity to see the Campus biomass boiler during the Practical On Farm Renewable Energy event to be held at CAFRE’s Enniskillen Campus on Wednesday 13 February from 1 00 pm to 10 00 pm. During the event there will be a trade display of businesses involved in the renewable energy industry and a series of seminars on the various technologies and associated subjects. The event is free of charge and all are welcome. Full details of the event are also available on the Renewables section on www.dardni.gov.uk/ruralni.