The Highlands of Scotland is now home to Scotland’s first biomass powered football stadium in the Scottish Premier League.
Inverness Caledonian Thistle FC have recently taken delivery of a new 199kW biomass boiler installed to provide heat and water to the entire football stadium and facilities, fuelled by wood pellets.
The board of the football club took the decision to move to a biomass led solution in response to their energy demands in response to the ever increasing costs of electricity. Previously the main stand of the stadium, erected in 1996, derived its heat from electric radiators. As well as providing a financial incentive, the installation of a system fuelled by a sustainable and renewable energy means lower carbon emissions. The switch to wood pellets at the home of Inverness Caledonian Thistle will prevent approximately 135 tonnes CO2 from entering the atmosphere each year.
The biomass boiler and surrounding heating cabin was constructed off-site by local company Korrie renewables at a cost of £200 000. It has been estimated that constructing the facility off-site minimised the number of visit
s to the football ground and led to a 50% reduction in carbon emissions associated with transport costs. After completion the heating cabin facility was delivered safely via articulated lorry for installation.
The development at the stadium fuel store includes storage capacity for 8 tonnes of wood pellets, which are delivered monthly and automatically fed into the boiler. A 4 000 litre buffer tanks to ensures sufficient heat and hot water is delivered around the site. The installation will take advantage of the UK’s renewable heat incentive (RHI), which is estimated to bring in £21 000 , which in addition to annual fuel savings of around £21 500 means that the club will be saving money within 5 years. Over the lifetime of the project it is estimated that the club will make a profit of £660 000.