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