Bakers Farm

Horsham, West Sussex

Commission: Douch Biomass was approached by Bakers Farm to utilise their existing high quality, managed wood supply, to provide heat and hot water to the farm and worker cottages at a lower cost than their previous fossil fuel fired system.

Boiler Type: Herz Firematic Biocontrol 100kW

Fuel Type: Wood Chip, G30-50/ W35

Fuel Storage: The existing grain silo at Bakers Farm was adapted to use as a large wood chip store.  This was achieved by fitting doors in the side of the silo.

CO2 emission reduction: 826 tonnes over 20 years

Case History: Bakers Farm is a 700 acre section of the Dragons Estate, with 500 acres of woodland known as Southwater Woods. A mixed arable and cattle farm, Bakers Farm has an environmentally friendly ethos and takes part in a number of government environmental protection schemes. The Farm’s large supply of Beech, Oak and Ash from Southwater Woods is managed and used as a sustainable firewood supply. This made the introduction of a biomass system on to the Farm highly feasible and cost effective.

Date Completed: July 2013

  • I installed a Herz 100kw woodchip boiler at Bakers Farm in 2013. It serves the farm house, two cottages, a greenhouse and the swimming pool in summer. The RHI incentive made the project look financially attractive and it continues to show a good rate of return, notwithstanding the recent fall in the oil price. The boiler consumes about 100 tonnes of G50 woodchip a year which until recently has been supplied by South East Wood Fuel but now it is ‘self supplied’ from chip produced from 15 year old poplar grown on my farm under the Farm Woodland grant scheme. As expected, the installation has had a few technical problems but Douch Biomass has always managed to deal with them quickly and efficiently. Our house has been much warmer and more comfortable to live in and we have extended the swimming season by at least a couple of months.

    Mark Burrell - Bakers Farm

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