Production blooms at nursery

Plant production is positively blooming at Pinetops Nurseries after the firm moved into new, purpose-built facilities heated with the help of a 999kW wood chip boiler in Hampshire.

Pinetops Nurseries first opened for business in 1959 and is now established as one of the leading producers of pot lilies. The new site near Efford in south Devon offers greater room for expansion along with modern new facilities including a 2.2ha glasshouse block. In the past the cost of heating the glass houses for the firm’s autumn poinsettias had limited profitability from the crop. However by expanding production, and replacing gas heating with biomass, the economics of production are expected to be greatly improved.

The 999kW Binder biomass boiler, supplied and installed by biomass experts Wood Energy, provides base heating for the facility, helping to maintain ideal growing conditions all year round. The boiler features a range of premium features including automated de-ashing, automatic cleaning of the heat exchanger and a speed-control on all fans to minimise electric power consumption.

It is designed for around the clock performance, using lambda regulation to achieve outstanding efficacy ratings which can exceed 92%.

The renewable energy company supplies chip, pellet and log boiler systems ranging in size from 200kW to 10MW and skilled commissioning engineers have successfully installed more than 120,000kW of renewable heating across more than 500 projects to date

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