Friday, 25 October 2013

Biomass at Hever Castle - Nextgen Study Tour

Nextgen's current study tour programme include a visit to the biomass heating installation at Hever Castle in Kent.  The tour will take place on Wednesday November 6th.

We have visited the installation already and it is well worth seeing - a very impressive boiler room with a purpose built wood chip shed with a large storage yard.  This is certainly a masterclass in how to get biomass right and how self-supply wood chip can add enormous coherence to estate-level woodland management.

The details of the tour, from the Nextgen website, are as follows:

The stunning Hever Castle in Kent, once the childhood home to Anne Boleyn, is opening its  historic doors to delegates to show you how this iconic 13th century building is utilising its resources to generate sustainable heating solutions from biomass.

With rising fuel prices, the cost of heating buildings is a considerable challenge.  For owners of rural buildings and infrastructure, Biomass boilers offer a significant reduction in these costs.

This study tour will show you:

  • How best to achieve heating cost reductions of up to 80%
  • How to successfully apply for the Renewable Heat Incentive, to pay off your capital costs and deliver future profits
  • How to manage a biomass boiler system efficiently over the long term
  • How to ensure secure sustainable supplies for the lifetime of your boiler system
  • How to reduce your carbon footprint and boost the local economy

Hear from some of Britain’s foremost experts in Biomass installation and business planning, sourcing sustainable wood supply and RHI applications

Agenda for the day:

  • 09.45: Registration, tea & coffee
  • 10.00: Welcome and overview of the day’s agenda
  • 10.15: Overview of the Biomass and heating network project at Hever Castle: Duncan Leslie, CEO at Hever Castle 
  • 10.45: The business case for Biomass / DH in local, rural settings: Toby Douch, Douch Biomass
  • 11.15-11:30: Break
  • 11.30: A sleeping giant? The UK capacity for biomass - Sourcing and maintaining feedstock supplies: Stewart Boyle, Consultant to South East Wood Fuels 
  • 12.00: Getting your RHI application right first time: Speaker tbc, Ofgem
  • 12.30: The devil is in the detail: planning and permissions and plant design: Matt Scully, Rural Energy 
  • 13.00-13.45: Lunch
  • 14.00-16.30: Site visits

Bookings can be made here.

This Tour is in association with Douch Biomass & Rural Energy 

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