Giant biomass container lifted over 15th century building as Earsham Hall looks to a greener future

PUBLISHED: 16:26 30 April 2013 | UPDATED: 16:26 30 April 2013

A new biomass boiler is being lifted into place at Earsham Hall near Bungay.

A new biomass boiler is being lifted into place at Earsham Hall near Bungay.

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A 40ft long 12 tonne metal container was carefully lifted over the buildings of an historic East Anglian hall a part of a green energy project.

The container was full of the latest biomass heating system, being lifted by a gaint mobile crane over the buildings of Earsham Hall, near Bungay, which dates in part back to the 15th Century!

The introduction of a biomass heating system by Rupert Derham, owner of Earsham Hall, initiates an exciting new phase to the on-going development of the hall.

“I have been looking to move away from using oil as the fuel at the hall for a while now, and although I had heard of biomass heating systems for a while, it was only last year that I met with a friend who was actually initiating the process at his farm.

“The latest technology he was talking about, coupled with the excellent incentives offered by the government over the next 20 years, made it something I thought would work”.

After a few months of research and liaison with the Great Yarmouth based company Anglian Green Deal Ltd, who installed the system, Rupert finalised the details and agreed to go ahead!

“With the influx of new businesses renting office space at the hall over the last two years, we needed to find a way to make heating costs sustainable not only for the original business but to the new ones who re-locate to Earsham Hall – this is it!” he says.

All of the businesses now based at Earsham Hall are delighted with the new scheme and the long term reduction in their heating costs.

Jill Hall, owner of Earsham Hall Tearoom, said: “We have been using the oil heating system, plus electric heaters since we took the business over in 2005, and it is still difficult to heat the areas properly due to the costs – this new system will give us much more flexibility, whilst knowing that it is far more environmentally friendly – we can’t wait!!”

The biomass system uses carbon neutral wood pellet fuel, a long term cost effective method compared with that offered by the current oil fired system used at the hall. During the cold periods of the year, particularly seen in the early months of 2013 the showrooms, offices and workshops at Earsham Hall can be large freezing spaces, impossible to heat with oil due to the cost implications and the negative effect of burning this type of fuel.

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