Case Study

Milford Care Home

Co. Donegal Care Home switches on WOODSMAN Biomass Boiler

SiteArás Uí Dhomhnaill, Milford, Co Donegal

InstallerMcGavigan Plumbing & Heating


EquipmentHeatCube c/w 199kW WOODSMAN Pellet Boile

Mr. Philip O’Donnell recently completed the purchase of Arás Uí Dhomhnaill Care Home in Co. Donegal, Ireland. He immediately set about identifying ways he could reduce the care homes heating bills. The care home consumed >50,000 litres of oil p.a. The property is of timber frame construction having been built in 2005.

Mr O’Donnell completed his due diligence on various biomass options and suppliers in February 2013 and selected the HeatCube from Irish manufacturers TURCO. Mr O’Donnell completed the site works in May 2013 and the HeatCube comprising of 199kW WOODSMAN Pellet Boiler was delivered to site. A 20 tonne pellet fuel store feeds the boiler via Flexi Auger.

There is currently no scheme like the RHI in the Republic of Ireland but Arás Uí Dhomhnaill still expects to reduce his heating bills by >60% thereby giving Mr O’Donnell a payback of <2 years. Mr O’Donnell has agreed a 12 month fixed pellet price with a local pellet fuel manufacturer.

Hi Gerard, Just a quick note to thank you for the service call your company made during January 2014. I seldom feel inclined to give feedback to our suppliers but I feel you and your company deserve high praise for the product you’ve installed and the back-up service you provide for our nursing home in Donegal. As you know we installed the 200kW wood pellet biomass heating system in early July 2013. Just went over our heating and hot water costs for 2011, 2012 & 2013 and the savings we’ve realised are hard to believe. From the 1st July 2011 to the 31st Dec. 2011 we spent €26,945 on oil (31,700 litres). From the 1st July 2012 to the 31st Dec. 2012 we spent €21,600 on oil (24,000 litres). From the 1st July 2013 to the 31st Dec. 2013 we spent €8,632 on wood pellets (39 tonnes). This means we spent 64.5% or €15,641 less on our combined heating and hot water in the 6 months to the 31st Dec. 2013. So happy that I chose to purchase the biomass heating system from you as you were more competitive than all the other biomass companies that we received tenders from last year - and best of all your on our doorstep here in Ireland! The product you’ve created is simply unbeatable - we’re saving so much money now on fuel and our nursing home is perfectly warm with no shortage of hot water too. I’m amazed every business in Ireland has not converted away from oil as it’s a sin how much money businesses are throwing away each month by not converting to your biomass heating systems. Also the fact that the system will notify me directly to my mobile when there’s a problem gives me huge confidence that if ever anything should go wrong I’ll know about it straight away. Wish I heard about you sooner. Please do not hesitate to give prospective purchasers my telephone number as I’d be more than happy to let them see our facilities up here. Wishing you continued success for 2014. Warm regards, Philip O’Donnell Managing Director Áras Uí Dhomhnaill Nursing Home Milford Co. Donegal

Philip O’Donnell

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