Dukovany in Moravia, home to one of the two Czech nuclear power plants, is another municipality which made its switch to local biomass heating system.

The operation began in November 2017, when the first 1.5 MW wood chip boiler was installed during the initial stage of the project. The same type will be added during the second phase scheduled for 2018-2020.

The heating plant is operated by Dukovanská teplárenská company, and the total investment in the new boiler room and heating system has claimed almost CZK 50 million (almost two million EUR). The construction began in autumn 2016 and all works were completed in November last year.

The 1.5 MW Vesko-B boiler burns wood chips and was produced by local technicians from the TTS boilers design studio in Třebíč. The boiler in Dukovany allows the combustion of wood fuels of low quality (humidity up to 60 %) and can also manage non-combustible additives such as sand, stones or pieces of iron. The boiler meets the strictest emission limits according to the new national legislation thanks to an electric filter of flu gas. The basic fuel for the new boiler is wood chips, mainly from regional forests.

Heat pipelines were laid in the eastern part of the village where the heat from the biomass boiler room now flows to about 50 family houses, apartment houses, kindergarten, local sports facility, production facility and nursing home. All heated buildings were fitted with modern heat exchanger stations. In the next phase, about 150 family houses, a primary school, a municipal office and a social building located in the local Sokol House will be heated. Perhaps the most interesting building heated with the new boiler, is a local castle.

 



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