CONVERSION EXAMPLES

Wood Energy South will use Southland’s abundance of carbon-neutral wood supplies to generate cost-effective energy that will benefit local businesses and schools. Many businesses have already converted including McCallum’s Dry-cleaning, Slinkskins Thornbury and Splash Palace. Recent schools to convert to wood boilers are Donovan Primary (woodchip), Waihopai School (woodchip) and Menzies College (pellets). 

Sometimes the easiest way to get a better understanding of what’s involved is to visit one of the sites. We would be happy to arrange this so please get in touch with your request.


LARGE INDUSTRIAL

McCALLUMS DRY CLEANERS

 McCallums cut fuel costs by two thirds by moving to wood chips.

McCallums cut fuel costs by two thirds by moving to wood chips.

McCallum Group builds for the future with wood chips

Switching from LPG and light fuel oil to wood chip-fired boilers helped Southland drycleaners McCallums Group cut fuel costs by two thirds.

The change also insulated them from energy market volatility that was creating major problems with keeping contracts profitable.

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COMMERCIAL

SLINKSKINS THORNBURY

 Investment in modern wood boiler technology paid off

Investment in modern wood boiler technology paid off

Drive to sustainably lower energy costs

Highly favourable projected savings, in combination with a mechanical design that would see the retention of the existing heat sources, satisfied the financial and operational objectives for the project. 

To minimise the use of the peak load boilers during the morning’s peak use of hot water, a large 12,000 litre buffer tank capacity was specified. 

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COUNCIL

SPLASH PALACE AQUATIC CENTER

 Wood chips are used more and more as we see the increasing benefits of renewable sources

Wood chips are used more and more as we see the increasing benefits of renewable sources

Replacement of the boilers was the logical option

The wood chip ash is only a fraction of the volume that was generated by lignite. This means we went from having 2 skips of coal ash sent to the landfill every week, to ½ wheelie bin which can be composted in the garden” says Asset Manager Paul Horner.

The total cost of the upgrade was estimated to be about $650,000. While the wood chips are 15% more costly than lignite, the Council saves in other areas such as supervision of the boiler, maintenance and future clean air requirement.

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Case Study


You can find more conversion examples on the EECA and UseWoodFuel websites