Scot Heat & Power has won the contract to supply biomass fuel to St Andrews University’s £25 million green energy project.
The Broxburn-based company will supply round wood for the next five years to the Guardbridge Energy Centre – a macro-renewable project on the site of the former Curtis Fine Papers Mill that is supporting the university’s aim of becoming the UK’s first carbon neutral institution of its kind.
The biomass Energy Centre will use virgin round wood, sourced locally from sustainably managed forests by Scot Heat & Power to produce and store hot water.
This will then be pumped four miles underground to the university’s North Haugh Campus via a district heating network that will heat and cool its administration and academic building, as well as its laboratories and residences.
The Energy Centre will use between 15,000 and 20,000 tonnes of round wood per year, worth over £3 million in total.
The facility – expected to be fully commissioned in early in 2017 – will complement plans for a six-turbine 12MW wind power development on university land at Kenly, near St Andrews.
The Energy Centre and heat distribution network was granted £11 million in funding from the EU.
The Scottish Funding Council has also backed the centre with a £10 million grant, with the remaining £4 million provided by the university.