Bio-energy installation wins 2014 EECA award
Boilers were centre stage at the 2014 EECA Awards on 28 May – with the Supreme Award going to a New Zealand-first bioenergy installation.
K&L Nurseries, a f lowergrowing operation in Christchurch, won the Small to Medium Business Award, was highly commended for innovation, and won the Supreme Award for its ‘adiabatic’ boiler supplied by Polytechnik.
The boiler broke new ground in New Zealand, having the capability to pre-dry and gasify fuel before combustion.
This means the firm can use fuel with up to 60 per cent moisture content, giving unprecedented fuel f lexibility and low ongoing energy costs.
The business now burns its own trimming as fuel, as well as buying in cheap ‘hog’ wood fuel, saving around $100,000 a year in energy costs.
The awards judges commended K&L Nurseries’ courage as a small company