An education in sustainable heating
- Published on Wednesday, 26 September 2012 14:48
- Posted by Scott Buckler
A leading secondary school and leisure centre in Milton Keynes is reducing its energy costs and carbon emissions through cutting edge biomass technology as part of an exciting new renewable energy project with E.ON
Sir Herbert Leon Academy in Bletchley is set to see savings of about £10,000 a year1 following E.ON's installation of a dedicated 800kW biomass boiler which will replace existing gas boilers in the grounds of the school.
The biomass system will provide a source of lower carbon heat to the 800-student main school building and its swimming pool and fitness centre. In total, the project will provide the site with over 1.8 million kWh of heat per year.
The installation is due for completion in early November 2012.
Thomas Buss, Head of Microgen at E.ON, said:"We're looking forward to working with Sir Herbert Leon Academy to deliver the latest innovation in energy efficient heating that will bring significant benefits to the site in terms of both cost and carbon emissions.
"Developing innovative, smarter and lower carbon technology is a key part of our work with Milton Keynes Council to help deliver elements of the Low Carbon Living Programme. This is a great example of what we're doing to bring on the benefits of cutting edge innovation and knowledge across communities."
Simon Viccars, Principal, Sir Herbert Leon Academy, said: "We are always striving to provide the best possible environment for our students and other users. We pride ourselves on having excellent facilities on site, and we recognise that energy efficiency is an important part of this. Updating to the biomass boiler will help us to drive down our energy costs significantly, freeing up funds for reinvestment into the school. It also offers an important sustainable environmental message and example to our students and community."
The biomass scheme in Milton Keynes follows the successful roll-out of similar installations at a number of other community and sports facilities, as E.ON carries out its programme of investment in renewable technologies in communities across the UK. The agreement is part of the company's Project New Heat programme which aims to deliver significant carbon reductions and vital cost savings.
E.ON and Milton Keynes Council formed a Low Carbon Task Force formed to investigate ways to improve the energy efficiency of homes and use green power to drive down residents' fuel bills and help combat climate change.
Elsewhere in the town some 75 homes are taking part in a trial of 'smart home' technologies to show the benefits of intelligent appliances on energy use in terms of increased control, comfort, convenience and reduced costs.