Category: Biomass

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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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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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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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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Zero carbon St Michael & All Angels, Withington

St Michaels and All Angels, Withington in Gloucestershire, aims to be the First Zero Carbon Church in the country Headline Proposals from the Zero Carbon Consultation presentation (pdf) Reduce energy demand (floodlight timing, switching off) – 13% elec saving Efficient use of energy (low energy internal lighting) – 24% elec saving Replace old oil boiler …
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Much of the following is taken from a guidance note prepared by the Exeter DAC (Diocesan Advisory Committee for the Care of Churches). Many of the issues raised therefore relate primarily to church buildings, but the general information about the technologies is relevant to vicarages, schools and other church buildings. Energy efficiency As a general …
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Other renewables

EcoChurch Southwest is trialling other renewable technologies as well as Solar PV. These include this domestic biomass heating system installed at a Bishop’s House in Gloucester. Other future possibilities include air source heat pump for churches, solar thermal for church community centres and new low-energy lighting schemes for church buildings. A rural community energy project …
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