The Living Rainforest woodfuel boiler, W Berks

The Living Rainforest

Overview

The Living Rainforest's mission is to explore the relationship between humanity and the world's rainforests through education and research. In order to achieve its goals, the Living Rainforest requires a large amount of heat to replicate the rainforest environment.

This project aims to replace one of the existing oil-fired boilers with a small scale wood burning boiler in a redeveloped building complex. This process will provide a sustainable energy source for the Living Rainforest and a focus for education.

Background:

The Living Rainforest's mission is to explore the relationship between humanity and the world's rainforests through education and research. The Living Rainforest provides a hands-on experience to many thousands of visitors. Throughout its work, emphasis is placed on being engaging, down to earth and innovative.

Wood Fuel

TV Energy is working with the Living Rainforest to investigate whether wood fuel might be used in boilers to produce hot water for space heating. The wood could come from local woodland waste and forestry residues or preferably be wood grown from managed coppice plantations.

Technology

The technology suitable for the Living Rainforest needs to supply 300kW of heat and must be almost fully automated in order to minimise the maintenance of the boiler. This system might be fuel fed by means of a screw feed from a storage hopper and will be cleaned of ash on a weekly basis.

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