Boughton House, Kettering, Northamptonshire, UK
17th Century stately home, 21st Century energy production
Boughton House is a masterpiece of a 17th century stately home, ‘The English Versailles’, with 21st century energy production. Its landscape covers 100 acres, with water features, splendid vistas and tree-lined avenues. In the 20th century it became a family home, the residence of the Duke of Buccleuch and Queensberry.
Sustainable, high quality wood chips with Volter 40 Indoor
The Boughton Estate has several successful businesses, one of which is a thriving woodland management department. They harvest approximately 3500 tonnes of timber a year, used for example for furniture, for heating stoves and woodchip boilers. To meet the sustainability requirements of the UK the aim is to reach high quality and get lower moisture content woodchip, so Volter’s biogas CHP was the right solution to having a drying system in conjunction with the unit.
Benefit of producing your own electricity and selling the excess to the grid
The CHP system generates all the renewable heat to achieve a higher quality chip of the required level. All of the electricity produced by the system goes to offsetting the substantial uplift in electricity use when operation has expanded, furthermore the excess is exported into the grid.
Added value of local resources boosts local economy
Volter 40 Indoor is the perfect size to make best use of local resources. The bottom line is that it adds value to the timber. The current installation has maximized the benefit also because it utilizes an existing building on the Estate. The woodchip business is growing and the Estate is planning an expansion of their CHP system.
“The Arbor [Volter 40 Indoor] system is the perfect size to make best use of our local resource we have from the estate. Because of the amount of chip the system requires, the amount it can dry for the local market and the size of woodchip shed we inherited its size and outputs fit really well with operation as a whole. The bottom line is that it helps with profitability as it adds value to what was a fairly low value timber.”
Jonathan, Buccleuch Estates.
This installation was done by Volter’s distributor in the UK, Arbor Heat and Power.
Location : Northamptonshire, UK