Bioenergy

Biomass to Help Power Scottish Hospitals

Working alongside a gas turbine CHP (Combined Heat and Power) plant as well as traditional boilers, the boiler will use wood chips to help meet the energy demands of Aberdeen Royal Infirmary, Royal Aberdeen Children’s Hospital, Aberdeen Maternity Hospital and the University of Aberdeen Medical School.

A computerised control system will feed steam from the Kohlbach boiler into a distribution system so it can respond to peak heat demands. Wood chips will be delivered and stored in walking-floor lorry trailers to reduce below-ground construction costs.

As part of the Buccleugh Group, a property company with woodland management expertise, Buccleugh BioEnergy can offer long-term biomass fuel supply contracts, said general manager Andy Wiseman.

Crown House Technologies, which awarded the contract on behalf of NHS Grampian, said biomass steam could cut costs as well as meet government objectives in sustainable, low-carbon generation.

“As well as the obvious environmental benefits of this system, biomass can make substantial fuel cost savings in the near future,” said the company.