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Big day for biomass

Big day for biomass

7 Dec 2016

The University of St Andrews Guardbridge biomass plant, co-funded by SFC, has been officially lit.

The lighting of the boiler is a milestone towards the university’s strategic aim to become the UK’s first carbon neutral university for energy usage.

The £25 million plant is funded by £10 million from SFC, an £11 million loan from the Scottish Partnership for Regeneration in Urban Centres (SPRUCE) Fund, and £4 million from the university.

The plant is at the newly-named Eden Campus, and produces hot water from a biomass boiler using natural fuels from sustainable sources across Scotland, which is pumped four miles underground to St Andrews to heat university buildings.

Last week the energy centre won a major the Sustainable Development Award at the Scottish Green Energy Awards 2016.

Principal Professor Sally Mapstone officially lit the biomass boiler at a commissioning ceremony, attended by representatives of the Guardbridge community and children from Guardbridge Primary School.