A biomass district heating system serving 543 homes
The capital cost of the scheme is £6.5 million and
will be funded by Energy Company Obligation funding,
Scottish Government Warm Home Fund loan funding
and European Regional Development grant funding.
The main boiler plant will consist of a 740kW (685kW
continuous output) biomass boiler, which will operate in
conjunction with a 50,000-litre water tank known as a
thermal store. The boiler will heat the water in the tank
which will then be circulated to the 543 homes through a
network of pipes.
It will then heat radiators and a hot water tank in the
homes using a heat exchanger, meaning the systems
Biomass systems burn wood chips or pellets. The West
Whitlawburn scheme will also use three gas boilers to
provide top-up heat and resilience to the system, in case
of problems with the single biomass boiler.
Paul Farrell added: “Because of the scale of the project,
we have received funding from a number of sources, but
our experience with the Warm Homes Fund has been a
positive one. Large-scale projects like this will make a
real difference to the West Whitlawburn community, and
wouldn’t be possible without loans like this.”