Specialist furniture supplier Wilcare Group has invested £250,000 in a new biomass plant system that will provide enough energy for its site to become self-sufficient.
The installation of the Froling wood chip boiler, state-of-the-art biomass heating system was designed to provide a single source of heating to its 36,000 sq ft factory saving the business £20,000 a year.
Martyn Crocker, factory manager at Wilcare Group, said: “We invested a quarter of a million pounds into this latest technology enabling us to become self-sufficient and heat our large factory and offices while reducing our carbon footprint further, which is really important to us.
“Due to the nature of our business, we have easy access to timber off-cuts from making our chairs so the wood is placed in the chipper and then placed into the wood chip boiler converting waste into energy. This together with the feed from our wood dust extraction system is enough to provide plenty of heating and hot water for our 40 employees making us a substantial saving.”
The Froling wood chip boiler was installed by Biosol Renewables UK LTD, based in Llanelli, designers of bespoke solar panel systems and suppliers of biomass boilers.
Ben Bundock, director at Biosol Renewables, explained that the boiler has made a means of utilising Wilcare’s waste wood as a source of fuel, together with reducing heating costs and making available the RHI financial incentive for twenty years.
The system measures 2.72m in height, nearly 3m wide and weighs over eight tonnes and also includes a buffer tank which can hold up to 14,000 liters of water.
The Wilcare Group has been designing and producing rise and recline furniture at its Cowbridge factory for more than fifteen years and established its latest accentu8 brand of luxury chairs in 2014, designed by consultant creative designer Angela Gidden MBE.