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tonnes at £55 per tonne less than £5,000 a
£9,000 The capitals costs amounted to
£24,720. Running costs are £1,000 a year.
The return on the investment was originally
thought to be six years. Rising fuel costs
• Reduced bills by over £6,000 a year
• Reduced the exposure of the pool to
the increasing oil prices
• Dramatically reduced carbon emissions
– by 70 tonnes
• Helped the local community with a
local wood fuel supply
Wood fuel is not only carbon neutral but this
• Won a great deal of positive PR and
summer has been 55% cheaper than fuel or diesel oil
boosted the environmental reputation
of the area
The huge hike in fuel bills has turned the this summers huge price rise in the cost oil .
spotlight again on biomass boilers for Anyone who put in a biomass boiler a couple
swimming pools and on to one Scottish of years ago as we did is sitting “pretty”.
pool which says that it is ‘sitting pretty’ “We are seriously looking now at the
when it comes to heating bills. development of the idea to other pools.
The 20 metre Mid Argyll pool has just The Mid Argyll experiment working with
completed its second audit under a The Carbon Trust has also led to the pool SWIMMERS SEEK GREEN
Carbon Trust scheme and found that costs being established as a well known example PRINCIPLES FOR 2012 POOL
continue to go down and CO
emissions of energy savings. Britain‘s Olympic swimming team
continue to drop. Further woodfuel boilers are planned as returnedfromBeijing with praiseforthe
The pool has saved over £13,000 in the part of the Campbeltown Community National Aquatics Centre – or Water
last two years and what was thought to be Facility (swimming pool) and the proposed Cube – and they also had a plea for the
a six year investment in a biomass boiler Mull and Iona Community Pool at Craignure. venue for the 2012 to follow the green
has now seen its breakeven come down to Woodfuel is said to be ‘Carbon Neutral’ example set out by the China pool.
less than three years. as even though burning wood produces The Water Cube used advanced
The pool was built in 1996 and was CO
, creating the forest and managing the technologies, including state-of-the-art
funded by the local community and run by forest, soaks it back up again. However, in solar energy to heat the pools and the
the Mid Argyll Community Enterprise. burning wood fuel, you are only using interior area. All backwash water was
The swimming pool was originally minimal electricity for control systems and conserved by being filtered and
heated with an oil fuelled heater but the diesel in transport. returned to the swimming pools,
first woodchip boiler, 200kW, was A Carbon Trust survey indicated that helping to make the building
installed as part of AlIenergy’s Woodwarm there would be potential to meet the environmentally friendly.
project which also included a similar pools demands with a biomass boiler. A An ASA spokesman said: “The Beijing
200kW installation at Kyle Swimming Pool further consideration was that it would organisersdidagreatPRjobinexplaining
and a smaller 80kW system at Duror help the local communuity by stimulating to all the swimmers they had two
Community Hall. a fuel supply chain. The use of biomass as ambitions for the pool. They wanted it to
Said Ian Kelley from the community a fuel is considered carbon neutral be fast and they wanted it to be the
enterprise: ”These boilers are a far cry because the carbon dioxoide emissions forefront of energy saving principles. All
from the simple wood burning stoves of are broadly matched by its absorption in the swimmers were given a brief tour of
yesteryear, they represent modern, clean, the growing phase. thepool anditsfacilities whenwearrived
efficient energy systems fed by automated The fuel is bought locally from a sawmill and it was clear that the Chinese were
woodchip hoppers. By displacing fossil fuel and is 55% cheaper than fuel oil. The very keen togettheword out howgreen
alternatives these systems aid the swimming pool’s carbon footprint has been the Water Cube was.
environment as well as deliver economic similarly reduced. “I think we have a duty to try and get
benefits to both the community and to the “Biomass boilers are simple and reliable. all the energy saving issues in place for
local economy. They offer an excellent opportunity for the 2012 pool.“
“Our experience shows that these boilers swimming pools because of the relative In recent years, host Olympic cities
are the perfect solution for swimming pools steady heat loads. At the Mid Argyll pool have provided an unlimited palate for
which need a steady long term constant the boiler provides heat for the swimming architects and planners to create unusual
heat. Used properly and with a sensible pool, space heating and domestic hot and inspiring structures. Beijing seemed
supply the savings against oil; costs can be as water. The boiler produces little odour and to maintain that momentum.
much as 55% and that was before we saw has less emissions. spn
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