07 May 2009 12:05:08
British school installs biomass boiler
A primary school near Tavistock in Devon has revealed plans to install a biomass boiler that will help it drastically reduce its CO2 emissions.
The green boiler, which generates heat by burning biomass such as wood pellets, is part of a £60,000 scheme to improve Gulworthy Primary School's energy efficiency.
Burning plant matter and other biomass is considered a green solution because the material is part of the 'carbon cycle'.
Because carbon from the atmosphere is used in photosynthesis, the release of carbon dioxide (CO2) into the atmosphere from burning biomass is much more sustainable, as levels of greenhouse gases can be kept at a consistent level.
Gulworthy Primary School will be fitted with classroom monitors so that pupils can see how much energy is being generated and the total CO2 savings they have made.
"This biomass boiler will make our school more sustainable so that we can set an example to the wider community and create an impressive resource for educating pupils about renewable energy," said headteacher Melody Nicholls.
The project was partly funded by the government's Low Carbon Buildings Programme, which provides grants to households, community organisations and public and private sectors for the installation of microgeneration technologies.http://www.lowcarbonbuildings.org.uk/home/