Croft Castle Biomass – Location, Location, Location

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI spent yesterday across the other side of Offa’s Dyke with Jo Dimitri, Project Manager for the Croft Castle biomass project; and David Bailey, the General Manager for the Herefordshire property portfolio. I had been invited into the suburbs of Wales to assist them with a peer review of the biomass project.

The aim of the day was to

–          See the site and understand aspects of the business case in context

–          Peer review progress so far

–          Make recommendations about aspects to look at in more detail going into the     design and planning stage

–          Offer guidance about the approach to the next stage based on the current proposals and further expertise that may be needed 

This was my first visit to Croft and I was not disappointed. It is a fabulous property and the setting is breathtaking with vista’s opening up across Herefordshire.The projects aim being to replace the current oil fired heating systems with a 190 kw biomass system that will heat the four buildings with the highest heat requirement at the property: the Castle, Stables, Home Farm and Garden Cottage.

Understandably within such a beautiful and listed setting location is key and part of the day was assessing options for location of the boiler house.Location optionsI left feeling enthused by the project, by the property staff who are fully committed to the project, and by the knowledge that Keith and myself will be returning to make our purchases of the wine that is produced on their own vines in the walled garden. 

Oh yes, and slightly jealous of Jo and my counterpart in the Midlands, Kathryn as this is looking like a great project.  

Will follow their progress and keep you posted.

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2 Responses to Croft Castle Biomass – Location, Location, Location

  1. Paul, I’m interested that you’ve specified 190kW. Whilst this may be the engineering solution, I expect it will end up being a 199kW boiler to maximise Tier1 RHI. Or have I missed something?

  2. Thanks for the comment Carl. The optimum size of boiler is between 160 – 190kw based on full heat loss modelling in order that we are not repeating the so often made mistake of oversizing and modulating thus losing efficiency. The main driver for us is to ensure that the system meets the National Trust requirements for the property both comfort and lower temperature relative humidity conservation heating to our showroom areas, and has been modelled on this basis rather than RHI. There is a small LPG peak demand boiler which will meet those weather extreme periods (-8 degrees etc). All the best Paul

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