Newcastle University: Biomass emissions research project

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Cockle Park is part of Newcastle University, one of the top Agritech Research Centres in the UK and an internationally respected centre of academic excellence.  Cockle Park Farm in Northumberland provides research, conference and teaching facilities for rural communities, the University and the allied industrial sectors.

Invited to work with The School of Chemical Engineering and Advanced Materials at the Cockle Park site, we designed and installed a boiler and flue system that would meet their needs for combustion emissions research.

The design brief was multi-faceted, the research staff at The School of Chemical Engineering and Advanced Materials needed the ability to inject and recover particulates into and from the flue, while also having remote access to the boiler operating data which could, in turn, be analysed.

In addition to the research, we were asked to ensure the boiler was integrated into the existing heating system, providing sustainable and low carbon heat for their adjoining laboratory facilities.Terry working on Cockle Park Research boiler

Working closely with the academic, estates and Cockle Park staff an ETA PU15 pellet-fed boiler was connected to the laboratory heating circuit. The installation of an independent fan blown heating circuit to allow for year-round research conditions when there is no demand for space heating in the laboratories.

A unique flue was designed, built and installed. Access to a data analysis software package for boiler performance monitoring was provided, whilst sustainably heating a building that had previously been heated by fan blown electric heaters.

We met the research and infrastructure requirements of the project on time and within budget.