Biomass technology keeps elderly warm at green care home

John Mallinson manager of Rose Hill, Aglionby, Carlisle and Ben Tansey of re:heat. A team of biomass experts have installed a wood pellet heating system into a Cumbrian care home to keep its residents warm and comfortable. re:heat worked for 18 months with the owners of the Rosehill residential home at Aglionby, near Carlisle, to design a purpose-built, sustainable heating system to replace inefficient oil-fired boilers.

The biomass boiler is fuelled by wood pellets stored in a new building on the site of the Grade II listed care home. North East England-based re:heat also manages the fuel supply and delivery of wood pellet stocks at the home, to ensure residents are never without heat and hot water. The new biomass system is cutting fuel bills for care home owners the Henry Lonsdale Trust.  Rosehill also benefits from the government’s Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) scheme which is a financial incentive for homes and businesses to encourage the uptake of low carbon heat.

Henry Lonsdale Charitable Trust’s John Mallinson (left) and re:heat’s Ben Tansey inspect the new biomass boiler at Rosehill Care Home.

John Mallinson, chair of the Henry Lonsdale Charitable Trust, is delighted with the new green heating system, commenting:  “We were looking to make the home more sustainable, looking for an environmentally-friendly heating option to make us more competitive in the future.

“The added bonus for us with the biomass boiler is that we have installed something environmentally-friendly which provides us with all the heat and hot water our residents need.  We chose re:heat based on their expertise and track record and this has proven to be a great decision.”

Ben Tansey, re:heat director, said the biomass boiler is large enough to generate heat for 25 average-sized family homes.

“What the biomass boiler gives the residents and owners of Rosehill is a lower cost, sustainable and more robust system than the oil boilers they had,” he said.

“With some additional capital expenditure in the future, they will have the option to switch to alternative renewable fuel sources - such as wood chip for instance – so they remain flexible and able to take advantage of cost effective options which may arise.”

re:heat supports firms through the process of designing and installing biomass boilers, and through the RHI scheme, to help them unlock the potential of the latest green energy technology.  More at


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