Biomass heating for social housing, Stoke-on-Trent

Biomass heating for social housing, Stoke-on-Trent

Following an earlier study we'd carried out to assess the renewable energy generation potential in Stoke-on-Trent, we were asked by the city council to look at the opportunity to provide heat from biomass in social housing schemes.
 
Having first assessed a cluster of schemes to select the most suitable, we then carried out a detailed feasibility assessment to determine site heat demands, demand profile, plant size and boiler plant design options, and fuel type, availability, price and quantity required. We assessed spatial constraints and the operational permits, planning and regulatory consents needed. We also carried out a full economic appraisal - identifying financial incentives, energy and carbon savings and likely impact on fuel poverty levels.
 
Our report highlighted two properties that could be serviced by biomass district heating. The system was designed to meet their demand, with a comprehensive economic appraisal carried out against system supplier quotes to estimate return on investment. The conclusion was that all residents could be removed from fuel poverty, saving around 30% of their annual heating bills and 63,000kg CO2 per year.