The ACT Government operates several facilities that use gas as a fuel for heating water. ITP Renewables was engaged by the ACT Property Group to investigate options for full or part substitution of natural gas at these facilities, to combat rising gas prices and help meet the ACT Government’s greenhouse gas emissions targets.
The feasibility study examined the use of biomass as a substitute fuel for gas at three of the ACT Government’s properties: The Canberra Hospital, Capital Linen Services, and Erindale College. Gas boilers can be replaced by biomass boilers in which a biomass fuel such as wood or pellets is burned to create heat for heating water. The replacement of gas with biomass boilers was found to be technically and financially feasible at all three sites.