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Stansted Airport to install Gilles biomass boiler

12. September 2007

Austrian bioenergy expert Gilles Energie- und Umwelttechnik has beaten off stiff international competition to secure a contract to supply London’s Stansted Airport with a sophisticated 2MW woodchip boiler.

The new boiler will form part of a £40m terminal upgrade at the UK’s third largest airport. Burning renewable fuels for heating and hot water will reduce the terminal’s carbon emissions by 1,824,000 kg per year, effectively making the extension project carbon neutral.

Stansted is the first airport in the world to implement a biomass heating system on this scale, and the deal marks a major breakthrough for Gilles. Their HPK 2000 woodchip boiler will cover the base load of the airport buildings from February 2008.

The Gmunden based biomass heating expert has been active in the Britain for several years now and has installed numerous small-scale biomass systems ranging from 15-150KW. Working together with their British partners, Energy Innovations and Broag - Remeha LDT, Gilles has been able to offer excellent maintenance and after-sales services. In 2007 the company began selling its large-scale installations in the UK.
Gilles has also been commissioned to supply a woodchip system for a housing development in Central London and for a new IKEA store in Belfast. The British woodchip market has seen significant growth of late, with demand for industrial applications especially high. Gilles Energie- und Umwelttechnik has benefited from this trend by focusing its business on three core categories – woodchip boilers, pellet systems and industrial heating installations.