Bernard Matthews: Lumicity, Baxi, Armstrong & PPS

A packaged plant room arrives on site
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System Summary
Boiler type: 
Herz 199kW and 150 kW Firematic
Fuel type: 
Wood Pellet
Fuel store: 
Packaged Plant Room
Spring 2014 saw Rural Energy secure a considerable contract to supply 180 Herz Firematics to poultry giant Bernard Matthews, who rear over 7 million turkeys a year on their farms across Norfolk, Suffolk and Lincolnshire.
 
Bernard Matthews is keen to meet carbon reduction targets set by the Government, intending on becoming self-sufficient from green energy as a business by 2016 and carbon neutral as a whole by 2020. They have already invested in other technologies for electricity such as wind and solar, and have now turned to Rural Energy to meet their heating needs.
 
Part of a £24.5 million development, the project was worth over £4 million to Rural Energy and followed more than 12 months of careful planning with renewable financers Lumicity. Now the Herz Firematics have been installed into more than 21 of the turkey group’s farm sites.
 
Lumicity put together a specialist consortium to deliver what is thought to be the biggest roll-out of biomass in the UK ever. Specialist contractors included Armstrong, Baxi Commercial and PPS.
 
Rural Energy installed the Herz boilers into packaged plant rooms constructed by Armstrong or Baxi/PPS.
 
The 180 x 150kW or 199kW Firematics (providing over 30MW of heating in total) are housed in purpose built, prefabricated containers. Prefabricating these reduced any disruption on site, allowing the turkey farms to continue operating normally. Each site has an average of eight or nine poultry sheds, with the largest having 34.