Christchurch Hospital, Burwood - firing up with Polytechnik Biomass

The huge new boiler house at Christ­church’s Burwood hospital is ­crawling with workers in high-vis gear in the final stages of commissioning the largest operation of its type in the country.

In the midst of a labyrinth of pipes and ducting are two clean-burning wood combustion chambers that will produce all the heat and hot water needed for the hospital – energy previously supplied by two coal-fired boilers.

Though NZ can boast about its electricity being 80% renewable, often overlooked is the commercial heat and industrial processing sectors, which are heavily reliant on coal. 

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Overseeing the project is BANZ member Christian Jirkowsky (Polytechnik Biomass) - 
on a mission to wean our industry off fossil fuels.