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Biomass Boiler



All the heating and hot water for the Aboyne Campus (Aboyne Primary School, Aboyne Academy & the Aboyne Community Centre & Swimming pool) is provided by a biomass boiler.


The project was financed under the Energy Services Contract (ESCo) with Buccleuch Bioenergy acting as the principle contractor.


The boiler is a 600kW Kohlbach boiler which is operated on wood chips sourced from a sawmill roughly 7km from the campus.


A spin off of the boiler system has been the use of data from the boiler in two projects, one a Maths Faculty project and the second an Interdisciplinary project involving Maths, Geography & Science. Information on both of these projects can be found below;


TES article on IDL Biomass Boiler project

http://www.tes.co.uk/article.aspx?storycode=6088688


Nsight article on Forest-to-Fire project – pages 10-15 http://education.ti.com/sites/UK/downloads/pdf/Nsight_Spring_2010.pdf



The graph below shows how effective the boiler has been over the previous year. While there has been some use of fuel oil over the year, this is significantly reduced and usually only used in exceptional weather conditions or when the boiler is serviced.