Yorkshire Riding Centre installs two new wood pellet boilers

A UK-based equestrian training centre has installed two new wood pellet boilers from Sweden-based biofuel heating manufacturer Ariterm.

The boilers provide energy and heat to several of the Yorkshire Riding Centre's (YRC) buildings, including a guest house, lodges and chalets. They are connected to a 2400L pre-insulated thermal accumulator vessel to provide a central heat store.

According to Ariterm, each linked building is provided with automatic zone controls and heat metering to individually supply and monitor heat depending on each building's needs. Thermostatically-controlled instantaneous domestic hot water is also provided from the thermal store via a high flow heating coil.

The system also incorporates text and email based remote monitoring, including biomass fuel level sensing.

The new Ariterm-driven system has replaced four separate heating oil fossil fuel boiler plants plus multiple LPG and electric domestic water heaters which existed previously at the YRC.

Leeds-based renewable energy engineering firm Bio-Nordic will design and install a decentralised energy network based around the modular Ariterm system.

"Roughly a third of our clients are residential in some way, and after a day's riding it is wonderful to return to a warm and inviting room" said YRC director Christopher Bartle, who will be coaching the German eventing team at the Rio Olympics in summer 2016.

He explained: "We needed to replace our old oil-fired boilers, and Bio-Nordic's solution has future-proofed our heating system while also making long-term financial sense.

Bio-Nordic director James Haigh added: "YRC is off-grid and previously depended on fossil fuels to warm historic buildings which, by their nature, are hard to heat. The riding centre's new Ariterm-powered system is designed to be developed further.

"It is a small example of what you might call 'cluster heating', where single boilers are put to work at peak performance in series to achieve great efficiency and higher heat outputs."