Case Study: ETA Hack 220kW wood chip boiler - Donovan Primary School

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A Southland school has seized the opportunity to lead by example with a wood energy project that delivers financial and health and safety benefits.  

Donovan Primary School’s year-long quest for an efficient and sustainable heating system started with a bang. Staff and students arrived at school one morning in 2012 to find water running down the driveway and the school’s old coal boiler shattered. Sometime in the night, the dirty, 40-year-old technology had finally given it all away.

School principal Peter Hopwood organised a temporary replacement in the form of a noisy diesel-powered boiler and embarked into unfamiliar waters, evaluating coal, wood chip, wood pellet and diesel boiler technologies.

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