‘Highly commended’ in HVR Awards 2011
Remeha Commercial with Ringmer Community College ‘highly commended’ in HVR Awards 2011
Remeha Commercial and Ringmer Community College have been ‘highly commended’ at the prestigious HVR Awards 2011 in the Sustainable Project of the Year category.
At the awards ceremony held at 8 Northumberland Avenue on 11 October, HVR editor and compere of the evening Ian Vallely commented on the record number of entries for this year’s awards which were judged by Mike Duggan of FETA, David Frise of HVCA, Mike Smith of BSRIA and Dr Jacquelyn Fox of CIBSE.
Ringmer Community College in East Sussex is a Green Flag Eco School that has set out to demonstrate in a practical way the viability of biomass and other renewable energy sources to its 11-18 year old pupils. The school aims to prepare their students for a future where conventional fuels such as oil and carbon are no longer available to source energy. It introduces them to a range of sustainable sources of energy and successfully promotes the real potential of these LZC technologies.
The installation of the state-of-the-art, 450 kW Remeha biomass boiler is effectively helping reduce the school’s carbon generation and is producing real fuel cost savings. This wood chip fuelled boiler will play an important part in helping the eco-college reach its excellent target of reducing its carbon input by 300 tonnes and its energy usage by 15 per cent this year, with a corresponding saving in energy costs. Running a school can be a costly business. Rapidly escalating fuel prices were seen as a further incentive to adopt a more sustainable approach to heating with the installation of the Remeha biomass boiler.
The biomass boiler provides heating for an astonishing two thirds of the school – the original building and the swimming pool.
The Remeha biomass boiler runs alongside a 200 kW gas boiler. Consideration has been given to fuel storage, with two containers situated in a purpose-built area next to the boiler. The containers last approximately two weeks and can be taken out and restocked. The bins automatically change from the empty to the full bin and back again when the empty bin is refilled.
Fuelled by locally sourced low to zero carbon wood chips, the Remeha biomass boiler is modulating and automatic. Clean combustion is guaranteed by high temperature operation and the length of time the gases remain in the furnace.
With its commitment to supplying renewable energy and demonstrating its advantages to its pupils, Ringer Community College already uses a wind turbine, photovoltaic panels and a ground source heat pump. The Remeha biomass boiler completes Ringmer Community College’s programme of renewable energy sources and puts the college firmly on its way to achieving its excellent environmental and sustainability targets.
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