Biomass reduces long-term operating costs
The long-term running costs of providing heating and hot water for a new hospital in Yorkshire will be kept down by a combination of biomass and gas-fired boilers from Hoval. This combination gives East Riding Community Hospital in Beverley an efficient and responsive low-carbon heating system that also qualifies for income from the Renewable Heat Incentive over the next 20 years.
This new £19 million 30-bed community hospital replacing the aging 12-bed Westwood Hospital and also includes a minor-injuries unit and GP our-of-hours service.
The hospital was building under the ProCure 21 initiative with Interserve as the lead developer. To meet NHS low-carbon design criteria, the design brief included a biomass component from the outset and was put out to tender in compliance with ProCure 21 procedures, leading to Hoval being selected.
The primary boiler is a 425 kW biomass unit made at Hoval’s factory in Newark. It is designed to meet base heat loads through the year and is supported by two SR Plus 500 gas-fired boilers to meet peak demands and meet DHW demand when no space heating is required.