Farming students learn about benefits of biomass boilers
THE benefits and challenges of biomass boilers as a source of energy were on the timetable for students from Myerscough College when they visited Newton Rigg College recently.
The six final year agriculture and ecology students, along with lecturer Dr Jaime Martin, spent a day at Newton Rigg, where they saw the bio boiler in action, met representatives of the River Eden Demonstration Test Catchments (Eden DTC) project and had a tour of the college farms.
Commissioned in May 2010, the boiler provides hot water and space heating for eight student accommodation blocks, housing 127 students living in en-suite units.
It is fuelled with around 350 tonnes of locally-sourced wood annually, reducing the college’s carbon emissions and saving thousands of pounds in electricity bills.