Wood-pellet heat system on-line at École Évangéline

Wood-pellet heat system on-line at École Évangéline

Environment, Energy & Forestry

A biomass heating system demonstation project at École Évangéline in Abram-Village is now operating, announced the Department of Environment, Energy and Forestry and la Commission scolaire de langue française.

The school will now be using a pellet-fuel furnace as its primary heat source, with an oil-heat system used only to supplement the pellet-fuel system. The school uses approximately 100,000 litres of fuel each year for heating, but expects that the addition of the system which burns pelletized wood will dramatically cut its annual bill.

The heating system installed is an Austrian-built 300 kilowatt Kob Pyrot pellet furnace, supplied by Atlantic Cool Air of Wellington. The unit arrives in a ready-for-installation container designed to be placed outside the school building and integrated into the heating system through pipes that connect to a heat exchanger.

Environment, Energy and Forestry Minister Richard Brown said the pilot project will demonstrate the advantages of moving away from fossil fuels.

“This furnace uses a fuel source that can be supplied from our forest resources or from plants grown as fuel, and its carbon footprint is much lower than a furnace that relies on heating oil,” said Minister Brown.

The $180,000 heating unit is being funded by the provincial government through the Trust Fund for Clean Air and Climate Change.