Ten Highland Schools to save money with biomass-fuelled boilers


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As part of a four-year scheme to install energy-efficient heating in thirty of Highland Council’s schools, £6.9 million will be spent on 10 new biomass boilers. Here’s what a biomass boiler is:

‘Wood-fuelled heating systems, also called biomass systems, burn wood pellets, chips or logs to provide warmth in a single room or to power central heating and hot water boilers. A stove burns logs or pellets to heat a single room – and may be fitted with a back boiler to provide water heating as well. A boiler burns logs, pellets or chips, and is connected to a central heating and hot water system.’



There’s no mention where the funding comes from and I can’t see it in this huge list of Scottish Government granted projects [Yes I’m suspicious]:

Scottish Biomass Support Scheme – List of projects being offered grant

Lead organisation Project Title
3G Energi Limited 3G Energi Limited – Biomass Heating Scotland
Aberdeen Heat and Power Limited Seaton CHP District Heating Scheme – Wood Chip Gasification System
Aithrie Estates Hopetoun Estate Sustainable Heating Project
Aithrie Estates Hopetoun Estate Sustainable Heating Project
Albamuir Limited Eco Heat (Angus)
Almac Chipping Ltd Almac Chipping Ltd – CHAP Wood Chip Supply Chain
Altyre Estate Altyre Estate
Arbuthnott Wood Pellets Ltd Arbuthnott Wood Pellets Ltd
Arniston Energy Limited Arniston Energy Limited
Arniston Energy Ltd Arniston Energy Ltd
Ayrshire Biomass Group Ayrshire Biomass Group Installations
Ayrshire Biomass Group Ayrshire Biomass Group
Bruichladdich Distillery Port Charlotte Distillery
Caithness Heat and Power Limited Caithness Heat and Power Limited – 2nd Gasifier
Cawdor Castle Ltd Cawdor Castle and Gardens
Dick Bros Chipping Limited EON – Wood Chip Supply Chain
Dundee City Council Dundee City Council – Biomass Heating Portfolio
Dundee University Utility Supply Company (DUUSCo) Biomass Boiler Installation at University of Dundee Main Boiler House Park Place
Earl of Stairs 1970 Trust Forestry The Earl of Stairs 1970 Trust Forestry Wood Fuel Supply
Eilean Shona Eilean Shona Log Boiler
Falkirk Council Limerigg (Falkirk)
Fife Council Kinghorn Primary School – Woodfired Boiler
Forestry Commission Scotland FCS David Marshall Lodge Visitor Centre
Forth Health Limited Forth Valley Acute Hospital, Larbert
Galgael Trust Galgael Trust
Gelston Castle Holiday Cottages Gelston Castle Holiday Cottages Biomass Boiler Installation
Glenfeochan Estate Glenfeochan Estate Wood Chip Boiler Heating System
Haddo Estate Haddo Estate District Heating Scheme
Harvwest Ltd Specialist Biomass Production System (SBPS)
Heat and Power Limited Grass as an Energy Crop
Heat and Power Limited Growers Group for ‘Grass as an energy crop project’
Here We Are Here We Are: Our Power Chipping Plant
Highland Birchwoods Northern Woodheat Woodfuel Training
Highland Grain Ltd Installation of Grain Fuelled Biomass Boiler for Drying Malting Barley
Hutchensons of Portsoy Ritchie Hall, Strichen
Islay Bio-fuels plc Port Charlotte Distillery Wood Chip Supply Project
J B & J A Hudson, Farmers Dalfling Biomass Heating Plant
J Nicholson & Sons J Nicholson & Sons Biomass Boiler for Grain Drying
James Jones & Sons Ltd Burnroot Sawmill Wood Burning Boiler
Jas P Wilson Jas P Wilson Wood Fuel Supply
Lakeland Cairndow Installation of Biomass Boiler at Lakeland Smolts Fisheries Ltd, Cairndow
Langside Woodchip Fired Central Heating Boiler and Associated Systems at Langside Farm
Lochalsh and Skye Housing Association Home Farm, Portree – Phase II-V: Biomass District Heating Scheme
Lochinch Heritage Estate Lochinch Heritage Estate Wood Chip Heat Supply
M & M Hay Edinglassie Community Heating Scheme
Macphie of Glenbervie Limited Macphie Biomass Plant
Marcassie Farm Partnership District Heating System for Marcassie Farmhouse and Steading
May-Tag Limited Woodland Biomass Social Enterprise
Ministry of Defence, Estates Director Clyde Replacement Boilers within General Purpose Store at HMNB Clyde
Mount Stuart Trust Mount Stuart Woodfuel Heating System
NHS Dumfries & Galloway NHS Dumfries and Galloway – Biomass Boiler Installation
Oran Recycling Limited The Commercial Demonstration of a Multi-site, Biomass Heat Project
Pentland Plants Limited Pentland Plants Biomass Production and Distribution
Perthshire Biofuels Ltd Perthshire Biofuels Commercial Installations 2007
Perthshire Housing Association Limited Muirtown Energy Project
Portree Partnership Limited The Old Inn and Gairloch Highland Lodge Renewable Energy Project
R Pollok & Son Nether Benholm Straw Burning Grain Dryer
Reith Partners (Woodfuel) Limited Blairmore
Rosebery Estates Dalmeny Estate (SME)
Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh The Gateway Centre
Rural Development Initiatives Limited IGNITE: Scotland 07
Rural Generation Limited Rural Generation Ltd – Lambhill Wood Heat Project
Rural Generation Limited Rural Generation Ltd Fuel Processing Centre
Sabhal Mor Ostaig Sabhal Mor Ostaig Biomass Heating Scheme
Scottish BioHeat Limited Installation of a biomass boiler at Castlebridge Business Park
South Ayrshire Council South Ayrshire Schools Biomass Project
Tait Harper Energy Partnership Tait Harper Energy: Wood Pellet Company
Talbotts Heating Limited Biomass Energy Project
The University of Edinburgh University of Edinburgh: Biomass Group Heating at Easter Bush Veterinary Centre
Touch Business Centre Touch Business Centre Biomass Project
Treelogic Treelogic – Biomass Suppliers
W Watson Farm Angus Biofuels
West Contract Services WCS Wood Fuels
Woodtherm Fuels Ltd Purchase by Woodtherm Fuels of a specialised woodchip delivery vehicle with integral blower system



7 thoughts on “Ten Highland Schools to save money with biomass-fuelled boilers

  1. roxburghstreet August 6, 2017 / 9:19 pm

    Well there’s this one: Sabhal Mor Ostaig (UHI)


  2. Contrary August 7, 2017 / 9:21 pm

    Well, ‘how difficult can it be to find who funded it?!’ The answer is ‘very’! Too much waffle out there – obviously I can’t really criticise on that score, but I do support the plain English doctrine – and I probably don’t understand a lot of the terminology. First I looked up the council themselves, from the article above they seem to be the main driver:
    Biomass boilers, from 2013

    So they’ve been at it a while, and really pushing to get carbon emissions right down. Then I found this, it seems to say the biomass boilers are funded from the capital budget – which I’m assuming is the normal council funding (?):

    From p30:

    The Scottish government seems to have provided a procurement framework, and given each council a carbon emissions goal. Maybe.


    • Contrary August 8, 2017 / 10:52 am

      I DID think it was a bit excessively dedicated, and it fair exhausted me, so don’t be expecting anything so helpful again anytime soon 🙂


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