Beaulieu National Motor Museum
1.2mW woodchip heating system
The Beaulieu Motor Museum comprises of the main motor museum, vehicle collection, the Brabazon restaurant, collections archive with learning centre and the main JMB offices. In order to reduce energy costs and adopt green heating, their existing oil heating system was replaced with biomass.
Prior to biomass thier site was heated by a district heating scheme system with two 600kW oil boilers. This was replaced by 400Kw of ETA biomass boilers to satisfy the base load. The biomass now provides 90% of the heat demand through winter.
Fuel supply and chip handling
It is anticipated that the client will purchase wood chip from a local supplier until their own forestry operations begin. The fuel requirement will be around 327 tonnes per year. Due to the restricted space available for fuel storage, Dunster designed and constructed a store which allowed optimal storage of 125m3. An access road for delivery vehicles was then built, enabling large HGVs to simply reverse up to the fuel store. The store has a large double leaf power assisted opening lid allowing fuel to be tipped straight in.
System design and installation
Dunster designed and installed a new BMS system, centred on the ETA control system, allowing weather compensation across the whole site and individual control for each building. We also used new energy efficient distribution pumps throughout. This has resulted in a highly efficient system using significantly less heat and fuel. Dunster undertook major repairs to corroded sections of heat main, involving the removal of large sections of uninsulated steel main and then feeding Rehau Rauthermex back into the ducting to reconnect the main lines following the repairs.
This project has substantially reduced heating bills for the Beaulieu National Motor Museum and contributed to their low CO₂ emissions. The museum will soon benefit from its own forestry operations.
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