Bruno Berardelli, MD HWEnergy and Gordon MacDonald, Energy and Sustainability Manager, NHS Highland in front of the new Biomass Heat Cabin at Aviemore.
HWEnergy installed the Heat Cabin in October, replacing the Centre’s old oil-powered system which cost over £12,000 each year to run. The new biomass-scheme will cost just £5,000 in wood pellets and generate up to £10,000 in income as part of the Government’s Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI).
NHS Highland commissioned HWEnergy to install seven heat cabins and four additional biomass systems across 10 sites back in May as part of its ambitious carbon reduction plan. As with Aviemore, each of the projects will provide both an income and a reduction in cost of fuel. The savings will be split between further energy saving measures and providing additional frontline care budgets to be spent on patient services.
Gordon MacDonald, Energy and Sustainability Manager at NHS Highland, said: “It’s been a long journey from setting our goals to getting the funding and finally seeing all the effort being realised. This may be one of our smaller installations but it is the start of a great change in both perspective and effectiveness in providing our energy needs. The course of action ahead is largely established but every installation is a major breakthrough and working with good companies like HWEnergy makes this journey so much easier.”
Bruno Berardelli, our MD said: “NHS Highland is committed to being carbon conscious and efficient. We are very proud to be working with an organisation which is leading the way by setting ambitious targets that will enable the organisation to provide better patient services in the long run. As one of its objectives NHS Highland aims to deliver 60% of its heating requirements using biomass, saving 9,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide per annum, the equivalent of almost 1,800 homes each year. This represents a significant proportion of the Government’s overall target. Audit Scotland recently published a report which highlighted a need to accelerate private investment if the Scottish Government’s 2020 renewable energy targets are to be met. If more organisations made the change to renewable sources like NHS Highland, the target which aims for 30% of all energy consumed to come from renewable sources would be far more achievable.”
HWEnergy Biomass heat cabins are part of a portfolio which covers the entire biomass heat spectrum from initial project feasibility study through to installation and on-going fuel supply and maintenance.