A 6.5 MW biomass boiler weighing in at 130 tonnes has been delivered for a university campus district energy project in Scotland, developer Vital Energi has announced.
The £25 million ($37 million) project at the University of St Andrews in Fife, currently under construction, includes a biomass combined heat and power (CHP) plant and a 14-mile district heating network connecting 37 buildings.
The boiler from Swedish manufacturer Jernforsen can produce over 8 MWth, Vital Energi said, and is expected to achieve over 87% efficiency at full load conditions.
Mike Cooke, Vital Energi’s Regional Director, said the boiler ‘will be the heart of this energy solution, using up to 17,000 tonnes of locally sourced wood to deliver greener, more affordable heat and hot water to the University’s buildings’.
The project was granted planning permission in late 2014.