A Buzzing Biomass Heat Trail
Last week we held the latest in our series of Biomass Heat Trail events in Fort William and the day was a resounding success.
Despite the grim November weather, delegates from across the country and a wide range of sectors (including rural estates, local authorities, hotel and leisure, education, and consultancy) turned up to join our tour of biomass installations in the local area.
After some breakfast rolls and a presentation at our HQ, we visited our new installation at the Co-operative Food Store in Caol – the first biomass installation for the Co-op Group – before showing our guests a pellet system at M&S Dental Practice, a live wood chip delivery to Lochaber High School’s underground fuel store, our award-winning Heat Cabin district heating scheme at Hanover (Scotland) Housing Association’s Walter Cameron Way, and lastly, a visit to the Great Glen Cattle Ranch farm, running on home-produced wood chip. A special mention goes to our MD Bruno, who did a sterling job acting as our tour guide at the front of the coach!
After all that fresh air, it was time for lunch at the scenic Pinemarten Café at the foot of Aonach Mor mountain before our guests headed on their way.
There was plenty of opportunity for delegates to quiz our staff, and questions were raised on the topics of the RHI degression mechanism, remote monitoring and post-installation support, the implications of different fuel types, and general system design.
What did people say?
The results from our post-event survey show that 100% of respondents found the day to be useful and would recommend the event to a friend or colleague. Here’s some of the things attendees said they found to be most useful:
“It was interesting to see the various different sizes of boilers and the range they cover from light commercial to the big industrial and how HWEnergy are at the forefront and leading the way with their one stop shop solution, from install, service, maintenance, remote monitoring and fuel supply! Excellent work and exceptional business model.”
” I found the heat trail very useful in giving a better understanding.”
“Seeing all the different types of systems in use and in their own setting.”
“Seeing how biomass can be used in different situations.”
” Seeing just how easy it is to retro fit a Biomass system in to an existing heating system and building plan”
“The talk given by Maureen at Walter Cameron Way as this size of unit is most applicable to our business, she was very informative too.”
Meanwhile the ‘word cloud’ below visualises respondents’ comments when asked ‘what was the most useful thing for you in attending the Heat Trail’, with more frequently mentioned words appearing larger.
This shows the value delegates placed on seeing a range of different systems, attaining a better understanding of biomass, meeting the HWEnergy team and networking with others.