Lumbr acquires new wood chip production site in Milton

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Lumbr acquires new wood chip production site in Milton

Following an extensive search Lumbr, the Otago-based manufacturer of fuel-grade wood chips, has acquired a large industrial site in Milton, Otago, to move its operations onto.  The 1.3 hectare site, formerly the Millstream drymill, features a large 2,500m2 chip storage shed and significant log seasoning area.  Lumbr owner Eduard Ebbinge said: "we are very excited about this acquisition as it offers the infrastructure much needed to drive further growth of wood energy in Otago".  A significant area of the log storage area is concreted, helping to limit contamination of wood material with sand and foreign objects that may cause performance issues in boilers downstream.  Following acquisition, the office block has undergone a refresh with other areas being upgraded to support the efficient production of chips.

 

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25 tonne JENZ "Tiger" shredder lands in Whangarei

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25 tonne JENZ "Tiger" shredder lands in Whangarei

Forest Loaders of Whangarei took delivery of a brand-new JENZ BA725 Tiger biomass shredder late December 2017.  The shredder, featuring JENZ' unique twin-gear system, will be deployed at a number of sites across Northland.  Forest Loaders opted for a fully featured machine, including extended discharge conveyor and flexibility to change between fixed knives to process sawmill waste and swinging flails for bark processing and other applications.  Powered by a 490hp MB engine, the JENZ is capable of extremely high outputs and has the ability to tightly control the quality of output material by modifying drum and hammer configurations, drum speed, screen size and infeed configuration.  Early January, a team of German JENZ commissioning engineers arrived in Whangarei to train Forest Loaders' team and assist the operators to drive value from the latest addition to Forest Loaders' fleet.

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Green Island School chooses ETA pellet boiler

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Green Island School chooses ETA pellet boiler

Following a formal tender process, Spark Energy secured the contract to supply and install a new pellet boiler system at Green Island School.  The system will comprise two 95kW ETA PEK pellet boilers with a pneumatic pellet extraction system, supported by a large buffer tank capacity.  The new pellet-fired system will replace an ageing coal boiler and following a detailed review by the school's consultancy team, a wood-fired system was chosen as the most economical and sustainable technology solution.  The system is scheduled to be installed prior to the winter 2018 heating season.

ETA PEK pellet boiler

ETA PEK pellet boiler

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Wood Energy Finance: Have it all!

One of the most frequent barriers for heat users to make the choice for a wood-fired heating boiler is the upfront investment, often a multiple of the cost of alternative technologies that come with much higher fuel outgoings.  The fuel cost savings associated with a wood fired boiler are, however, so substantial that these vastly outstrip the upfront premium for the system.  Spark Energy is one of the few wood energy companies that offer a finance solution (wood energy finance) that helps heat users that stand to make large savings from a wood energy solution, yet lack the budget to pay for the premium of a modern wood boiler.

Wood energy finance works much the same as a traditional hire purchase agreement and becomes very attractive where the added cost of the finance is outweighed by the savings on fuel over time.  That way, the heat user wins as they are better off from a cashflow point of view relative to opting for a LPG or diesel fired heating solution and still stay within their capex budget for the new heating system.

To explain how it works, we have put together an information leaflet that can be downloaded from this link.  Alternatively, you can call us on 03 428 2992 to discuss in more detail.

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Cromwell's Goldfields Primary School converts to wood chip heating

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Cromwell's Goldfields Primary School converts to wood chip heating

Spark Energy is pleased to announce that it has been appointed as design-build contractor to deliver the boiler upgrade at Goldfields School in Cromwell, Central Otago.  The project involves the replacement of an ageing coal boiler with a modern ETA HACK 200kW wood chip boiler.  Paired with a large buffer tank, the new boiler will service the space heating requirements of the school with the plant taking advantage of the existing coal hopper to store wood chips.  Spark Energy is working in closely with Southern Insulation (asbestos removal), Andy Erskine construction (building works) and IMS (mechanical and electrical works) to deliver this project for the school.  The project represents a growing list of Central Otago heat users converting to heating with wood chips, particularly attractive in the area with alternative fossil fuel fired heating  solutions attracting substantial running costs.

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