We’ve installed a brand-new biomass boiler at our Essex factory as part of our drive to improve our impact on the environment.
The state-of-the-art biomass boiler is the size of 35 domestic boilers and produces up to 980KW an hour, providing heating for the whole factory as well as heating the spray booths and presses. Powered using wood off-cuts, it can burn up to 450 tonnes of waste wood each year which, it is estimated, will save 52 tonnes of carbon emissions per year.
At a cost of £350,000, the new boiler is a significant investment but will bring a host of benefits including improving the efficiency of our operations, allowing us to continue to increase our manufacturing capacity in the future and reducing our environmental impact.
Approximately one third of the cost of the new boiler upgrade, was the brand-new ceramic air filtration system. This will cut down on emissions from the wood fired boiler to ensure it doesn’t negatively affect the air quality around the factory.
We’ve also upgraded our dust extraction systems to the Inteliair™ Intelligent Air Control System, which intelligently links the two dust extraction units with our machinery to control their use more effectively.
The Inteliair system automatically and constantly monitors data using sensors on our machines and is able to switch on the dust extraction units exactly and only when required. As well as reducing our carbon footprint and improving the air quality within the factory, we’ve calculated that the new system will save about 85,000KW in electricity usage annually.