Castle opts for Green Energy Technology
Castlewellan Castle, a beautiful 19 century
castle within Castlewellan Forest Park, has installed a new heating system to
be fuelled by locally grown wood chip. The
castle is managed by Christian charity, Centre Ministries, and is used mainly
as a residential conference centre.
in 1856, the castle has never had a ‘wet’ central heating system. Recently the
castle has been heated using expensive, inefficient, electric storage heaters.
The new 200kW boiler heats the entire castle and provides hot water to over 30
bedrooms and the kitchens.
Ministries have purchased a state of the art 200kW Austrian wood chip boiler,
one of the first of its kind in Ireland. The installation and commissioning of
the boiler was be carried out by the specialist firm, Green Energy Technology
Ltd. of Waringstown. Patrick Flynn,
Director of Green Energy Technology Ltd. stated;
delighted that Centre Ministries has chosen one of our Hargassner boilers from
Austria. This advanced technology has been used in Austria for decades and is
becoming more and more popular in Ireland as the price of fossil fuels rise,
and people become more environmentally aware.’
the boiler is situated within the old coal house, originally used to store the
coal needed to fuel the dozens of fireplaces in the old castle. The coal house was
modified to house the boiler, fuel store, and a 5,000 litre hot water
installation of the wood chip boiler is part of the charity’s drive to use
sustainable and local sources of fuel. Using local fuel will result in
significant savings – both financial, and in terms of CO² released. The use of
wood chip as a fuel source results in a CO2 neutral process, as the emissions
equate to the CO² absorbed by the timber when it is growing. The castle can
expect to reduce its CO² emissions by 150 tonnes per year.
manager of the castle, Andrew Forson, lives in the castle with his family.
really excited about this green heating, it is important to us that we reduce
our reliance on fossil fuels and support local farmers. We will heat the castle
to a level of comfort that has not been possible before.’
boiler and heating network will mark a major milestone in Centre Ministries
efforts to reduce its carbon footprint.