Keighley men’s tailoring firm Brook Taverner has turned to renewables to heat its factory.
The firm has installed a biomass pellet boiler which has led to fuel savings of more than £19,000 a year – and with payments from the government’s non-domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) scheme, is looking at recouping the cost of the installation in just four years.
Brook Taverner director Jason Scott chose Blubberhouses-based renewables expert Yorkshire Heat Pumps to turn the 180,000 sq ft Ingrow mill green.
The 103-year-old business was using electrical heating and an ancient oil-fired boiler to heat the open plan factory floor, smaller specialist work areas, a workroom, showroom, quality control area and offices.
Jason said: “With high factory ceilings in the open plan areas, the building was a challenge to keep warm and the heating bills were eye-watering. We wanted to install a more energy and cost-efficient system to keep the office and factory floor staff comfortable in the workplace.”
Yorkshire Heat Pumps recommended installation of a 199kW ETA HACK biomass pellet boiler with a 5,000 litre accumulator tank. A bespoke pellet store was constructed with a 14 tonne capacity and auger pellet feed system.
Conventional radiators heat the offices, and for the open plan factory area and showroom, the company specified 14 blow heaters, all powered by the biomass boiler.
Now a second phase is planned for a heat recovery system to use heat from the presses to run the factory’s hot water system.
Jason added: “Once the second phase is operational, no energy will go to waste. Already, thanks to the expertise of Yorkshire Heat Pumps, our carbon impact has reduced significantly with a CO² saving of over 162 tonnes per year.”
Brook Taverner is benefitting from the government’s non-domestic Renewable Heat Incentive scheme, with payments made over a 20 year period for every kW hour of energy generated to heat the factory.
Yorkshire Heat Pumps is run by husband and wife Michael and Kate Wright and is a leading installer for renewable energy in the region.
Kate said: “We are delighted to be able to help Brook Taverner, whose forward thinking is helping to safeguard the future of the planet while making sound financial sense for the company.”