UK timber frame manufacturer unveils new biomass boiler

UK timber frame manufacturer SO Modular has unveiled a new biomass boiler at its headquarters.

The new boiler, installed by Novalux Energy, was installed as part of the firm’s efforts to become entirely self-sufficient in terms of its energy and production processes.

The boiler is fuelled by off-cuts and wood shavings, a natural by-product of the production process and will re-use 90% of the fuel into usable heat. The boiler burns the fuel at high temperatures to produce thermal energy, which is transferred into a heat exchanger providing heat for space or processes. The technology also uses carbon filters to filter out impurities in its emissions to ensure they are not harmful to the local environment.

Charlotte Hale, operations director at SO Modular, said: “We are embracing sustainability in all aspects of what we do and the biomass boiler is just the first of several initiatives we have planned including solar panels. We believe this will be a fantastic case study for the benefits of the circular economy.

“Our aim is to sustainably redefine the buildings we construct and restore our new facility to its former glory but in an innovative and eco-friendly way; we want it to be a landmark of the town again, which the community can be proud of, while also benefiting the local supply chain and keeping jobs and money in the region.”

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