Al­bany pool heater runs on wood chips

Albany Advertiser - - NEWS -

One of Al­bany’s most pop­u­lar com­mu­nity cen­tres has turned to en­vi­ron­men­tally friendly wood fires to heat its pool as the town takes an­other step to­wards a re­new­able en­ergy fu­ture.

Last week the Al­bany Leisure and Aquatic Cen­tre’s new boiler burnt its first wood chips.

The boiler will con­sume up to 500 tonnes of wood a year and bring down ALAC’s an­nual gas bill by about $50,000.

Dar­ryl Outh­waite from WA Bio­fu­els said the project had been able to sup­port lo­cal em­ploy­ment in plumb­ing, elec­tri­cal, en­gi­neer­ing and forestry.

“It takes about two hours for the re­gion’s tim­ber plan­ta­tions to re­grow the amount of fuel that we need to heat the leisure cen­tre for a year," he said.

“It’s not only re­new­able, but the trees planted also pro­vided great land­care ben­e­fits in the form of clean air, wa­ter and bio­di­ver­sity.”

Re­cre­ation ser­vices man­ager Saman­tha Stevens was ex­cited to have the new sys­tem op­er­at­ing.

“Tran­si­tion­ing to bio­fuel is both eco­nom­i­cally and en­vi­ron­men­tal- ly ben­e­fi­cial,” she said. “Run­ning on gas heat­ing has been very ex­pen­sive and we have been at the mercy of the mar­ket.”

Al­bany Mayor Den­nis Welling­ton said the ALAC up­grade was one of the ways the town was mov­ing to­wards 100 per cent en­ergy ef­fi­ciency.

“I’m re­ally pleased to see we have been able to em­brace a re­new­able en­ergy at ALAC, and look for­ward to con­tin­u­ing to work with in­dus­try and govern­ment to en­sure Al­bany leads the way in adopt­ing sus­tain­able so­lu­tions,” he said.

Pic­ture: City of Al­bany

Re­cre­ation ser­vices man­ager Saman­tha Stevens and WA Bio­fu­els’ Dar­ryl Outh­waite with some of the wood­chips that are keep­ing the pool heated.

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