14 November 2014 By Jo Phillips
We have welcomed several new members to the Alitex team over the last few weeks and we are now pleased to announce our latest arrival, just in time for winter – our new carbon neutral biomass boiler!
After much research and deliberation Tom Hall, Alitex MD, knew it would be the right thing to install a pellet-burning biomass boiler in place of the inefficient and ineffective gas boiler. With an eye on both the environmental and financial benefits it wasn’t a hard decision to make. Finding a biomass boiler company run by an old college friend seemed providential and so CBS Renewables were brought on board the project.
Tom says “I’ve known for some time that, for financial, environmental and reliability reasons, a Biomass Boiler made sense for AIitex. But, as is always the case with me, I needed to fully trust a supplier before I made the leap. With Heatkey & CBS on board I am confident we’ve made the right choice – touch wood (pellets!).”
Steven, Shane and James arrived last week and have been busy installing the boiler, water tank pellet hopper complete with worm screw, space heaters and masses of pipe work in shiny new silver lagging. It will be commissioned this week.
Tucked away at the back of the factory in its two smart, green (appropriately) containers the biomass boiler is unobtrusive but will make a huge impact on everyone at Alitex. Not least because it will keep us all warm, provide hot water (both in the factory and the offices) and heat the pre-treatment tank but is more environmentally friendly as it uses pellets made from food and farming waste materials that would normally end up in land fill, as well as material from sustainable woodland and other sources. As such it has a limited long term effect on the environment because the carbon in biomass is part of the natural carbon cycle whereas burning fossil fuels permanently adds carbon to the environment.
As with our solar heating panels, Tom was delighted to take advantage of the government’s Renewable Heat Incentive scheme as the more fuel we burn the more we get paid! It really is a win/win for Alitex and, of course, the environment!