Nelson Hospital - landfill gas from York Valley Landfill
The 2.0MW boiler produces over 60% of the hospitals thermal energy demand for heating, hot water and steam. Further savings worth almost $157,000 per year and a reduction in the hospital’s carbon footprint by a further 1,300 tonnes of C02 per annum are noted as is a further reduction in coal consumption of approximately 630 tonne/year. The installation was at no cost or financial risk to the hospital and demonstrates the utilisation of greater volumes of lower cost landfill gas fuel.
Benefits to the Nelson City Council include:
Provides a practical and strategic use for more of its landfill gas (a valuable energy source) that was previously flared at the York Valley landfill.
A long term revenue stream for the landfill gas.
A major boost to the Council’s efforts to reduce local air pollution, which is a significant public health issue, and to meet tighter clean air standards.
The project is a three way partnership between Nelson City Council the landfill operator, Energy for Industry Ltd the owner and operator of the gas treatment and delivery system and the boiler, the Nelson Marlborough District Health Board the end user of the renewable energy.