Case Studies

Carbon neutral village in the heart of Northumberland


Matfen is an attractive village in the heart of Northumberland, an area of natural outstanding beauty. Matfen is also home to the popular Matfen Hall Hotel and Golf Course owned by Sir Hugh Blackett.

Located three miles north of Hadrian’s Wall, the grade two listed period village was built in 1830s. Owned by Sir Hugh Blackett, Matfen village has a total of 36 houses, a shop, pub and village hall.

Windhager and Jamie Armstrong from Biomass North East are working together on a carbon neutral village and this project is stage 2.

Stage 2 – We have replaced the current heating systems of 6 houses 1 village shop and the village Hall, with a Windhager 180kw cascade system. This takes the village back to its original fuel source, solid fuel. Most properties are currently heated by costly fossil fuels. Oil, electric and LPG.

System performance

  • Matfen village used around £20,000 per year on fossil fuels
  • Fuel saving of around 50% after switching to Windhager pellet boilers
  • 130 tonnes of co2 saving per year
  • Benefiting from the Renewable Heating Incentive of over £20,000 per year

Plant equipment and Boilers

  • Windhager 180kw cascade
  • 3 x 60kw BioWIN XL feeding a 3000ltr AccuWIn buffer Pellet delivery system
  • 3 x 8 probe suction system
  • 24 suction probes give Windhager the option of a Flat base pellet store, saving space and offering 30% extra pellet storage

Windhager have also designed a system for remote heat meter reading for easy billing and meter reading.

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