15 Apr 2008 05:04:06
Bradford University to install biomass boiler
A biomass boiler is set to be installed at Bradford University in an effort to reduce its carbon footprint, it has emerged.
The Telegraph & Argus reported that the unit could help the academic institution cut carbon emission by around 500 tonnes per year.
It is thought that the university currently emits around 13,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide annually through the consumption of more than 47 million kilowatts of energy.
The new biofuel boiler will replace three gas-fired boilers on the university campus and could also result in a saving of around £6,000 on annual energy bills.
"We are also in negotiations with a Bradford-based supplier of wood chip and we predict that the unit cost of this form of biomass will be below what the university currently pays for natural gas," said Rob Bradley, an energy officer at Bradford University.
He added that that the university has set up a recycling centre near its library which will be used as a central facility to make recycling more accessible to the entire campus.
At a cost of £327,000, the unit was partially funded by the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, as well as the university itself.
Some environmental groups estimate that a domestic biomass boiler could reduce household carbon emissions by between six and seven tonnes per year.