Fort William-based HWEnergy, Scotland’s biomass heating specialist, is to provide heat cabins to at least 10 NHS Highland sites in the coming year in a deal worth in excess of £2m.
NHS Highland has commissioned 12 heat projects across the 10 sites with a further six biomass projects at different stages of planning. It is intended to have the HWEnergy installations commissioned and working by the end of December 2013.
When combined with other biomass installations already in place NHS Highland will see costs reduce by a minimum estimate of £1.5millon a year – or a 20% reduction in total energy costs.
Gordon MacDonald, Energy and Sustainability Manager at NHS Highland, said: “Our first objective is to reach a target of 60% of NHS Highland’s total heat load being delivered from biomass. When this milestone is achieved it will reduce the carbon emissions of the organisation by over 9,000 tonnes of CO2 (tCO2e), and will result in a financial saving of at least £1.5million per year in the early years and significantly more through time.”
“Investing in biomass to this level from the outset generates large enough returns to provide a self-sustaining programme of change to renewable energy. Biomass will form part of a larger plan to have renewable energy sources, where practical and appropriate, in every one of the 175 buildings in the NHS Highland estate.
“Overall we are on a journey that will hopefully see a reduction of the 2010 carbon emissions of 35,000tCO2e/year to under 20,000tCO2e/year by April 2015 and further to less than 15,000tCO2e/year by 2017. There is a direct link between Carbon savings and Cost savings meaning that there will be more of the health monies in Highland spent on core frontline services.”
Bruno Berardelli, Managing Director at HWEnergy, said: “Switching to biomass heating makes absolute sense for NHS Highland. The estate has seen costs rise from £5.2million to £8.4million in the last three years so a large scale changeover to renewables is a fantastic way to make a positive impact.
“It’s extremely encouraging to see an organisation of this size making such a commitment to the ongoing provision of heat from renewable sources. NHS Highland is really leading the way when it comes to making environmentally sound choices that also offer real economic business benefits.”
Since its inception in 2003, HWEnergy has completed 200 biomass heat projects and will be installing its 50th heat cabin at the premises of a major private sector company later in the year.
HWEnergy Biomass heat cabins are part of a portfolio which covers the entire biomass heat spectrum from initial project feasibility study through to installation and ongoing fuel supply and maintenance.
The company has 50 staff and includes one of the most experienced biomass design teams in the sector along with projects, installation and civils teams.
Visit us at All Energy 2013 on stand number L46, X200 where we will be joined by Gordon MacDonald, Energy and Sustainability Manager at NHS Highland (Wed 22 May only).