Castlewellan Castle - Wood Chip Boiler - 200kW Hargassner

Castlewellan Castle - Wood Chip Boiler - 200kW Hargassner from Green Energy Technology

By: Green Energy Technology  10/05/2011
Keywords: heating, renewable energy, Plumbing & Heating

Local 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.


Built 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.


Centre 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;


‘We are 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.’


Ironically, 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 accumulator tank.


The 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.


The manager of the castle, Andrew Forson, lives in the castle with his family. Andrew commented;


‘We are 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.’


The new boiler and heating network will mark a major milestone in Centre Ministries efforts to reduce its carbon footprint.

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