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Nottinghamshire Woodheat Project

The Nottinghamshire Woodheat Project began in 2003, and to date the Council has installed biomass heating at 62 sites around the County, the vast majority of which are schools. 

Wood pellet production

The boilers consume some 2,500 tonnes of wood pellets and save nearly 6,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide per year. In addition to the environmental benefit there is also an educational advantage, as young people can experience sustainable energy in practice. 

The project targets old coal and oil boilers coming to the end of their useful lives and was initially made possible by a range of Government grant funding supporting the additional capital cost required for installing such boilers. 

More recently the Council has allocated its own capital funding to install further wood pellet boilers to expand the programme.  

Wood pellets

These boilers will be designed, installed and maintained through a contract that is also available to other public sector bodies within the East Midlands. The heat generated by the boilers will be eligible for payments under the Government’s Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI).

The Council also has a wood pellet supply contract to ensure its sites have access to high quality fuel, compliant with the requirements associated with the RHI. This is also available to other local public sector organisations.

Read a case study on Worksop Library which has an Energy Performance rating of ‘A’ and a BREEAM rating of ‘Excellent’, boasts solar thermal panels, a photovoltaic (PV) array and 2 wood pellet boilers. 

Woodheat education pack  

Wood pellet silo

To enhance the educational benefit of installing wood pellet boilers in schools, the Council has developed an educational resources pack aimed at key stages 2-3, which is available free of charge to all schools with biomass boilers.

The pack contains:

  • a set of photocards showing the various stages in the wood fuel process

  • explanatory notes for teachers to support the photocards

  • a poster which explains the carbon cycle of growing wood for fuel

  • a 22 minute DVD, shot at various locations in Nottinghamshire, which shows how the county is becoming a big grower and user of wood fuel.

To request a copy, contact us on tel: 0115 977 4849, or email: energy.en@nottscc.gov.uk.
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