Woodfuel amongst all the energy sources has become the first choice for a Christian holiday centre and bible school in Lancashire. This dependence on woodfuel for all its energy supply has made the duo the first and the largest organization in Lancashire to switch to woodfuel. Forestry Commission is sponsoring the region’s biggest woodfuel project. This is an attempt by the Forestry Commission to encourage people to contribute to the environment by switching over to this greener and efficient source of renewable energy.
Capernwray Hall, at Carnforth in north Lancashire utilizes its own woodland to fuel woodchip boiler. From heating design through boiler construction to installation of pipework to the internal control systems, all the work of the woodfuel project was performed by Capernwray’s own workforce. The Capernwray estate has 12 hectares of woodland, which helps it in meeting with the renewable energy requirement. In addition local timber supply aids to fuel a woodchip boiler, which provides the heating and hot water source for the whole campus, including accommodation areas, dining room, kitchens, sports hall and swimming pool.
Every year more than 250 students and 2,000 holiday guests are welcomed at the Capernwray Hal. The campus has been successful in bringing down it carbon footprint by 367 tonnes annually. The organization hopes that the present forestry plantations can provide 34 tonnes of timber per year for the woodfuel system over the next ten years. With the environmental, economic and social benefits associated with use of woodfuel, Capernwray scheme encourages other organizations to do the same. The forestry Commission aims to increase the output of wood by two million tonnes each year by 2020, which will be enough to supply energy to more than 250,000 homes.