Biomass Boiler Project at Dunham Massey

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Dunham Massey has installed a new biomass system in an effort to move away from oil, and onto woodfuel; a sustainable energy source. As the first potential one million megawatts biomass scheme in the National Trust, the boiler is part of the organisations renewable energy investment programme to reduce reliance on fossil fuels and become carbon net zero by 2030.

Recently fired-up for the first time, the biomass boilers have replaced all the oil fired and electric heaters on site. It will improve energy efficiency, sustainability and reliability at Dunham Massey, and has removed the use of oil from the largest oil user in the North region of the National Trust.

The biomass system now heats and supplies hot water to the house, visitor centre, Stables Restaurant and all the cottages on site, saving in excess of 31,000 litres of oil and massively reducing the carbon footprint of heat generation whilst reducing environmental risk.

How biomass works
Diagram of how biomass works
How biomass works

The woodfuel is produced in sustainably managed forests and is sourced from supplies on the Government's Biomass Suppliers List.

The project is part of a national renewable energy investment programme which will see the National Trust invest £30 million in renewable energy to heat and power more of its historic places. The programme was launched in 2015 to help deliver the Trust’s target to reduce reliance on fossil fuels, cut energy use by 20% and produce 50% of its energy from renewable sources on its land by the end of 2020.