Situated in Corpach, near Fort William, and enjoying dramatic views to Ben Nevis, Walter Cameron Way is a sheltered housing scheme made up of 16 flats and 7 cottages. The accommodation was previously heated by a central oil fired boiler but Hanover (Scotland) are committed to reducing carbon emissions and wanted to source a reliable alternative to fossil fuels as well as contain rising fuel bills for residents. HWEnergy designed, and installed the biomass boiler and heat cabin and have been maintaining and supplying fuel for a number of years under a fully comprehensive Heat Supply contract. The years of successful partnership demonstrate that biomass heating for sheltered housing brings significant benefits to the Association and residents alike.
"Hanover Housing have ambitious targets to reduce our carbon emissions and increase our sustainability. This project has been excellent for us as it has allowed us to deliver a 40% reduction in our heating costs as well as saving around 100 tonnes of CO2 per annum.
We purchase heat from HWEnergy which means we don't have to worry about sourcing fuel or undertaking any maintenance or servicing. Because we only pay for the heat the boiler produces we have minimised our risk and performance guarantees are built into the contract We are very please with the service that HWEnergy provide and enjoy a real 'partnership' with them."
Alan Baird, Hanover Housing
100kW biomass boiler with spring agitator fuel our feeder and accumulator heat storage capacity. Wood clad Biomass Heat Cabin with inbuilt store. Underground pipe interface to existing boiler room.
HWEnergy took the project from design stage all the way through to completion and now manage the ongoing supply of heat to Hanover Housing. The project involved the design of the system, handling the planning application, all civil engineering works including the excavation and retention of the small hill, the construction of the plinth and the excavation and reinstatement of the trench for the district heating network. The Biomass Heat Cabin was constructed off-site before being delivered and connected into the existing heating infrastructure. The controls have been modified to ensure that the biomass boiler delivers as much of the heat load as possible with the existing oil boilers being retained to provide peak load and back up heating when required.
On an ongoing basis, Hanover Housing purchases 'heat' from HWEnergy. The heat supply contract includes all elements required to make the project a success and minimise the input required fro the clients. This includes fuel routine maintenance, technical servicing and boiler 'MOT', troubleshooting and annual management and performance reports. performance guarantees are built into the contract so that if the system is not delivering the Hanover Housing receives financial recompense. This approach minimises risk and the time input for Hanover Housing and ensures a single point of accountability for all aspects of the system performance.