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Whole-bale Miscanthus heating initiative for poultry and horticultural sector

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A joint venture to supply Miscanthus to the land-based sector is gaining traction, with boilers specifically designed for burning Miscanthus being installed in poultry sheds, and glass houses.

Draperheat supplies and installs the Danish Justsen boiler systems specifically designed for Miscanthus and straw.

Focus on low-cost sustainable fuels has always been key to ‘high’ heat users such as glass houses and the poultry industry, and Miscanthus is rapidly becoming a fuel of choice for growers.

Key features for the successful combustion of straw are:

  • Corrosion-resistant boiler internals
  • Fully water-cooled grate to accurately control the combustion temperature below the ‘clinker point’
  • Steel internal sides, limited refractory to control combustion temperatures and optimise efficiency
  • Automatic ‘Heston’ bale fuel feed tables for continuous burning
  • Heavy duty slow rotating straw chopper is key to reliability and low electrical power consumption
  • Service and back up provision by in house Draperheat engineers

The consistent high quality Miscanthus bales with a moisture content of 17%, deliver site results in fuel costs around 2p/kwh.

This combined with RHI payments, and long term fixed price fuel contracts makes Miscanthus an attractive option.

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