Exciting times for high performance, low carbon heating with the delivery of a Pellematic 64kW pellet boiler, replacing an aging coal boiler at Netherton Primary School near Paeroa, Waikato. Netherton school who has built an environmental focus into its school values and has been actively involved with Enviro Schools since 2013, will now be able to demonstrate this actively to its students and community through the use of renewable energy.
Netherton School was previously emitting around 9,810kg CO2e per year from burning coal. This equates to 73kg CO2e per pupil (based on role of 135). Or equates to an average modern car traveling over 44,590km. More than once around the world!
With the Okofen pellet boiler system we estimate the school will emit around 110kg, which is a 99% reduction. This equates to less than 1kg CO2e per pupil and is more like a 500km journey (less than Auckland to Wellington).
CO2e, or carbon dioxide equivalent, is a standard unit for measuring carbon footprints. The idea is to express the impact of each different greenhouse gas in terms of the amount of CO2 that would create the same amount of warming.
This is what this boiler looks like once set up.
A video of the bulk pellets being delivered. Click to view.
The first lighting of the boiler.