With schools around the world facing serious budget concerns, many school administrators started looking into how biomass energy works and how they could implement it into their learning institution’s energy plan.
What they found is that they can save bundles on their energy bill, help the environment, combat global warming, and create a great example for their kids to learn from. All by doing nothing more than turning to bio-energy as their primary source of heating.
Their efforts have helped create a symbiotic relationship with their community and the natural world around them.
This is the story of just two schools among many from around the world discovering the practical wonders of bioenergy.
Bio-energy Heating Plant
Barre Town Elementary
and Middle School, Barre Vermont
During the 90s the Barre Town Elementary and Middle Schools were dealing with an 180,000 electricity bill each year. Something clearly had to give. This is when school administrators began to research the possibility of using a wood chip heating system instead of their budget devouring all electric system.
Their research took them to wood chip heating as an alternative energy that would fulfill their needs. And fulfill it certainly did!
According to an article written by BERC (Biomass Energy Resource Center), the school's chip boiler operates nonstop about 215 days each year. The school installed two smaller oil burners as backups, but has never had to use them while the chip boiler is running.
The BERC article went on to say, “The school’s success with its chip boiler has helped encourage the BTE’s board and administration to try other ways of saving energy and/or costs while fighting global warming. For the last two years, the school has shipped its food waste—20 tons the first year—to the nearby Vermont Compost Company in Montpelier, instead of paying to landfill it.”
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Christianshede Zoo School, Bording, Denmark
Christianshed Zoo School is a school for troubled youth located in Denmark. Denmark has been on a nationwide evolution towards biomass energy for some time now, and this is just one of the cool bioenergy stories you will hear about from that region.
The school decided to use a wood pellet heating system as their way of contributing to the national move to alternative energy. And boy has it paid off for them!
According to an article written by BERC, by improving comfort at the school, biomass heat may also be helping to improve student behavior.
According to Bue Grunnet, head of maintenance at the Christianshede School for troubled kids:
“When we were on oil and electric heat it was really expensive heat, so we kept the buildings cooler. Now, with pellets, we keep the buildings warm. These kids have a lot of issues, and they do much better now that we have a higher level of comfort from pellets.”
I can’t think of a better example of how biomass energy works to help improve people’s lives than that!
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