Herz Firematic 499kW
V-Silo with pellet screw
A holiday park in South Wales is set to deliver energy savings of around £18,000 per year thanks to the installation of a new sustainable biomass heating system at the site.
Gateway Resort is one of the largest camping and touring sites in South West Wales, it occupies over 35 acres of land and has a capacity for over 300 tents and caravans. The new system was fitted as part of a scheme of major improvement works at the park that includes two bars, two restaurants, a heated indoor pool and an indoor play area.
Previously heated by LPG, the owners were quick to spot the opportunity to install a biomass heating system at the site as part of their £1.5 million improvement and expansion works. Local biomass specialists Igen Renewables were appointed back in October 2015 to manage the design and installation of the heating system and the project was finally completed in January this year.
The holiday park is no stranger to the renewable technology as they had already previously installed a small biomass boiler in the shower blocks. Gateway Resort Director, Ken Strelley commented: ‘We remain open all year round and with the expansion of the new site placing even further demands for heat at our park, the installation of a biomass system was a no-brainer for us. We have replaced the old LPG boiler and are thrilled with savings we are making as a result of installing the biomass system. We will definitely be implementing this technology, where necessary, for our future Theme Park plans.’
The renewable heating system includes a leading brand Herz, Firematic 499kW boiler, housed in its own purpose-built plant room. The system provides heat for the entire resort building including the pool, function areas, kitchens and showers, as well as 3 residential homes on the site. The boiler, supplied by Leicestershire based distributor Myriad Heat & Power Products is fueled by wood pellets, stored in a cleverly designed adjacent fuel store. With a capacity of up to 18 tonnes, the store can take a full load of wood pellets allowing the site to minimise the number of deliveries and reduce costs further.
ln addition to helping Gateway enjoy significant savings on their running costs, the new biomass boiler will also provide the company with an additional income from the Renewable Heat Incentive as well as reducing their carbon footprint.
Keith Cannon, Partner at Igen Renewables commented: ‘We have managed a number of biomass installs into hotels and leisure facilities over the last few years but this was our first holiday park. The project kept us on our toes as the site remained open during the install and we had to work alongside the other improvement works that were underway, so deadlines were tight and timing was key. The initial disruption caused by the works is now paying off with the new boiler providing renewable heat to the entire site. We hope many more holiday parks will follow the lead of Gateway and consider the savings that can be made by installing this technology’.
To ensure the boiler operates efficiently and they can continue to earn Renewable Heat Incentive Payments, Gateway have also signed up Myriad Heat & Power Products sister company, Myriad Plant Room Services to manage the ongoing service and maintenance of the biomass boiler.