Fit for the future world tour of Scotland pt1. Mar Lodge and National Trust for Scotland

one of the most unusal rooms i have ever been in. the red deer skull bedect Ballroom building at Mar lodge

one of the most unusual rooms i have ever been in. the red deer skull be-decked Ballroom building at Mar lodge

I hear its raining back home in Wales! Paul, Chloe and myself are up in sunny Scotland for a couple of days as part of the latest development in the Fit for the future network development. Learning, sharing and where we can, helping. This time we are North of the border. Today it was the 70,000 acre Mar Lodge Estate managed by the National Trust for Scotland. I have been reading about this stunning wild life haven for the last 20 years and today I have seen a small part of it myself. The reason for the visit was to see the new 666kw wood chip biomass system currently being installed. The twin Froling system is being designed to use the wood-chip produced as a byproduct of the 20 year woodland management plan on the estate. I have to confess Paul and myself did have a bit of ‘shed envy’ once we saw where this heating beast will reside. A massive purpose-built shed. But you must also remember that this is also THE of the coldest place in the UK, snow on the ground longer than most and they also suffer from something i have not come across before which is slow melting snow on the drying woodpiles in spring re-wets the timber destined for the biomass. The lodge and associated buildings use a colossal 1.4m Gwh of heat pa. All of which will be on a new 500m heat main for the new shed. Tomorrow and its down to Falkirk… more on this later!

the imposing Bray Mar Lodge. soon to be biomass heated

The imposing Mar Lodge. soon to be biomass heated

the biomass building. purpose built. #envy

The biomass building. purpose-built. #envy

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