Category: Technologies

St Wenn, Diocese of Truro – shared biomass boiler with under-floor heating

In St Wenn, Cornwall, the Church and School shared a biomass heating project. First steps – what’s needed? Planning for this project was comprehensive and inclusive – and it took some long time! St Wenn Church Council (PCC) involved church members, the head teacher and governors, together with – critically – the wider community. Churchwarden, …
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Storage of solar power using a battery Energy Storage System – updated

A case study of a domestic installation updated after five months’ use.This report describes my experience of a renewable energy storage system developed by a Cornish start-up company operating from the Falmouth University campus – Wattstor Ltd.  The WATTSTOR™ was commissioned at my Penryn home on 14 March 2015. The data here for this period …
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Estimating solar PV power generation

Summary Estimates of generated output from solar pv systems need to be handled cautiously: the actual output will vary substantially year by year.  This note below shows that a software tool can give a better long-term estimate than a forecast based on any given year’s actual output.Richard Hopper writes: I have heard on several occasions …
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Lighting Churches in the South West – conference report

A Conference held on July 2014 in St Mary Magdalene, Taunton, to promote efficient and greener lighting systems inside and outside churches. Who was there? Parish officers, clergy, DAC members, architects and others. I was in the ‘other’ category, a member of Truro diocese’s environment group. I’m keen on ‘green’: efficient and effective: does the lighting function …
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Rural Community Energy

The Diocese of Exeter has secured funding to develop community energy projects with local people in Devon. Starting in Okehampton, it is hoped to investigate the potential for churches to provide renewable forms of power to supply both church and community buildings. People living in rural districts can suffer from expensive heating and uncertain electrical …
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Hydro-electricity at Buckfast Abbey

The Catholic Benedictine community at Buckfast Abbey has installed both a water turbine (shown here) and an Archimedes screw in the canal alongside the River Dart, which produces electricity for the monastery and many of its activities.

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Bishop’s House, Staverton

Pilot installation of a biomass boiler in a large domestic setting. It is 32kW in size, and the expected payback period is less than 5 years. More information (pdf)

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Camborne Parish Church

Revd Mike Firbank writes… At Camborne Parish Church we are trying to change behaviour/attitudes and change the way we heat/light etc our church buildings. Immediate Solutions… Old thermostats in our halls and church were replaced & turned down. Oil sheets were put behind radiators so that instead of heating external walls we reflected the heat …
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Bishop Cornish Education Centre, Saltash

The new education centre in the grounds of Bishop Cornish School, Saltash will provide music facilities, before and after school care, nursery provision and also provide facilities for community use, especially for music, education and charity work. A major objective in building the new unit was to reduce our carbon footprint and transport costs and …
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Wood pellet boiler at St Paul, Gulworthy, Devon

The parish of St Paul, Gulworthy is situated in the Tamar Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in the far west of the Exeter Diocese, bounded by the Tamar Valley on the west, with Tavistock 2 miles to the east. The church is Grade II listed, and part of the World Heritage Miners’ Site. It …
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