Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Eco-Friendly Boiler Is Shining Example to Industry

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Eco-Friendly Boiler Is Shining Example to Industry

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A boiler which burns woodchips to produce enough energy to power 6,500 light bulbs has now been switched on.

The renewable energy system has been installed at the high voltage testing plant at Hebburn in South Tyneside, formerly part of VA Tech Reyrolle, which has been run for 30 years with a conventional gas boiler. It is now run by Blyth's New and Renewable Energy Centre and the biomass boiler will also demonstrate to industry how wood can be used as a greener fuel.

Backed by additional funding from One NorthEast, the biomass boiler will help cut heating bills by pounds 25,000 a year and is the largest biomass installation in the region.

Since the carbon produced in burning biofuels is offset by the carbon absorbed by the plant during its life, biomass power is carbon neutral. Biomass proved an ideal renewable alternative for heating Narec's laboratory because of the supply of woodchip in the North.

The boiler will also allow Narec to eliminate the risk of rises in fossil fuel costs and cut carbon dioxide emissions by 700 tonnes. …

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