Wood chip dried seaweed

The first batch of wood dried seaweed left the UK’s largest seaweed drier this week; delivering organic carbon neutral seaweed as fertiliser to markets across the world.

Wood chip dried seaweed

Working alongside a team of installers, designers and financiers the re:heat team have been working with Uist Asco to install a 999kW wood fired boiler, providing heat to a specialist seaweed drier to produce the UK’s first wood chip fired drier. The first batches of seaweed left the production line last week, and the markets have already responded with significant interest in the product from across the globe. The boiler is a 999kW Binder boiler, specified to take a wide variety of fuel qualities. A ram-feed system operates to charge the boiler without the need for augers and the heat is first fed into a 40,000litre accumulator tank before being taken into the drier.

Neil Harrison, Director of re:heat said “This is an excellent project that we’re very proud to be associated with. The project on Uist demonstrates many values. The normally carbon intensive production process of drying seaweed is now very close to carbon-neutral, the wood fired boiler provides an excellent and affordable source of energy, generating significant savings and also income from the Renewable Heat Incentive to offset the capital costs associated with the installation. It’s a fantastic demonstration of how significant value can be added to locally grown timber, create local jobs and produce a sustainable product at an industrial scale.”

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