Our Cheshire Rural Biomass project (CheRuB) ran during 2012 and 2013 and helped people and organisations who live in Cheshire's rural areas to benefit from wood-fuelled heating systems.
In addition to installing a range of wood heating systems, the project aimed to train both operators of woodfuel systems, and existing heating engineers in modern woodfuel systems.
With the price of fossil fuels constantly rising – particularly for those living in rural areas – these modern, reliable heating systems are an ideal alternative to their mains gas and oil counterparts.
The systems are almost carbon-neutral, and in certain cases have been proven to reduce carbon emissions by 90% compared to electricity-powered equivalents.
There are other benefits, too: using woodfuel creates a localised supply chain, stimulating local economies. Those who install a wood heating system are also eligible to claim a government incentive.
Over the course of the programme, three different types of biomass boilers were installed at key locations in Trafford, Cheshire - a batch-log system at Trafford Mill, a wood pellet fired boiler with a district heating network at Trafford Hall, and a wood pellet air heater at The Grange Farm.
Five heating engineers were part-funded to take a conversion course from gas and oil systems to woodfuel systems, and 25 participants also took part in an Easy Deployment training course.
CheRuB was funded by the Rural Carbon Challenge Fund and administered by Envirolink and the Energy Saving Trust.
For more information about the government's renewable heat incentive, visit the Department of Energy and Climate Change website.
This project was supported by the Rural Development Programme for England, for which Defra is the Managing Authority, part financed by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development: Europe investing in rural areas.