COUNTRY MANOR HOTEL REDUCESAn 18th Century country manor house hotel located in rural Lancashire has recently installed a Windhager 180kW BioCABIN.

Briars Hall Country House Hotel, set in the historic civil parish of Lathom, offers 25 en-suite bedrooms as well as a scenic venue for bistro dining, weddings, conferences and other events.

To replace the 400 kW heating system comprising several gas boilers, MCS registered installers Biomass North East installed a purpose-built wood-clad Windhager BioCABIN. Housing three Windhager Excel biomass boilers in cascade, the 180kW system complete with a 16 tonne capacity stainless steel wood pellet hopper was the chosen system to achieve the hotels objectives to provide a sustainable and cost effective solution to heating the entire hotel.

By converting to biomass, the new Windhager biomass system will significantly help the hotel to reduce its carbon footprint by providing a carbon saving of around 180 tonnes of CO₂ per year.

The Windhager BioCABIN was delivered to the site with the BioWIN Excel biomass boilers set up inside. This allowed installers Biomass North East to simply deliver and connect the system within two weeks whilst the hotel remained open to the public.

Mark Higham, owner of the Briars Hall Country House Hotel commented: “It is extremely important to us that we provide our guests with the best possible experience whilst they are staying away from home. A warm and comfortable environment all year round is essential and this is something that our new biomass system has allowed us to achieve. The boilers provide the hotel with constant, controllable heat and are not only reliable but also extremely affordable. We are saving an extraordinary amount of money and the positive impact on the environment is very rewarding.”

Due to the significantly high annual heat demand of 236,520kWh, the hotel will receive 6.8p per kW generated in payments from the commercial Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI), with an estimated total of £359,510 over the next 20 years.

The BioWIN Kaskade biomass systems are designed especially for commercial properties, such as hotels, with a high demand for a reliable and efficient heating source. The system can be set to provide constant or variable heat to its maximum capability and produce an output of up to 240kW from up to four BioWIN Excel wood pellet boilers, tailored to the heating demands of the property.

The system proves reliable all year round as each boiler acts as a backup to the others and can continue to operate and provide a comfortable amount of heat should another boiler need to be shut down for maintenance.

Windhager’s BioCABINs are designed to house the BioWIN kaskade systems of any size and are tailor-made to meet the requirements of each individual installation. The cabins are simply delivered to the site and connected to the mains supply of the property through an underground feed. This allows a quick and stress-free installation allowing hotels and other businesses to remain open during the process.