Eastergate C.E. Primary

Chichester, West Sussex

Commission: The school is situated on the edge of an AONB (Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty) and together with West Sussex Council’s carbon reduction policy, had a keen interest in creating a greener heating and hot water system for the school. Douch Biomass was requested to supply and fit an 80kW biomass boiler to meet the school’s needs. As there were no suitable buildings on site to house the new boiler, it was fitted into a purposely built, timber clad, 20ft shipping container installed on the edge of the car park. The heat from the biomass boiler is ducted to the school via an underground heat main; the original school oil boiler is used as a backup.

Boiler Type: Herz Firematic Biocontrol 80kW with two 1000 litre buffer tanks

Fuel Type: Wood Pellet

Fuel Storage: 12m³ hopper built into the container; wood pellets are bought from a local supplier. Annual fuel requirement is 14 tonnes.

CO2 emission reduction: 309 tonnes over 20 years

Case History: The school was built in 1970 and is set in a rural village six miles from Chichester.  It is Church of England controlled, with links to the local St. George’s Church and previously ran on an oil fired boiler.

Date Completed: November 2012