Where is it already happening?
Since 2002, thanks to support of Yorkshire Forward and Objective 1 funded Forestry Resources Grant, South Yorkshire Forest Partnership have been working with progressive organisations to initiate the first successful cluster of woodfuel installations in the Yorkshire region
Wood Energy Trail
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Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) - installation of a 101kW Austrian KWB woodchip fired boiler in early 2004 - the first in South Yorkshire
Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council (BMBC)- 2x Froling wood chip fired boilers installed to replace obsolete coal-fired boilers, now heating a block of 166 apartments
Sheffield City Council (SCC) - are installing boilers at 2 district heating systems sites, Callow Mt, Gleadless with 6 blocks of flats and Carwood Estate, Burngreave with 98 houses.
4 members of the South Yorkshire Biomass Group with coal fired heating plant, ran the boilers for a year, substituting the burning of coal with imported wood pellet. The trial was a great success and some of the sites are still running on wood pellet following the completion of the study. Were a local cost effective supply of wood pellet available, an estimated 12,000 tonnes p.a. of coal and its resultant carbon, could be saved from being burnt and released into the atmosphere.
The use of woodfuel for heating is gradually gaining support in the UK. There are a number of installers who are able to undertake this kind of project and there are some grant funds available to support this. There is a case study report available of a wood pellet stove installation at Rossington, Doncaster
Woodfuel supply and infrastructure has also need substantial support, essential in helping to establish a successful and robust supply network. In June 2005 Yorkshire Forward awarded SYFP/Sheffield City Council nearly £400k to purchase a wood chipping machine, and handling equipment and other support mechanisms. A service contract has now been agreed with Silvapower Ltd, a local woodchip supply company, who will operate the machinery to enable fuel-quality chip to be supplied to local users.