Following the success of the wood chip boiler at Aboyne Academy, Aberdeenshire Council installed a wood pellet boiler at Banff Academy which was commissioned in October 2009.

The installation comprises an 840kW Austrian Binder boiler combined with a 20,000 litre buffer tank and is designed to supply 65% of the heat demand for the school and swimming pool [1,400,000 kWh pa] saving over 400 tonnes of CO2 annually compared to oil.

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The historic Grade A listed buildings of Marischal College, whose construction began in 1835, have seen a major renovation in the past few years, to become the new headquarters of Aberdeen City Council.

The extensive renovation was completed on schedule and significantly under budget and the building opened to the public in June 2011. The building comprises 17,000 square metres of modern office space on four floors.

About a quarter of the heating of the building is now provided by a GILLES Energie biomass boiler rated at 240kw, running on wood pellet fuel. This use of renewable energy is one of several sustainability features in the design of the new building.


Ritchie Hall is the main community building in the village of Strichen and is used to provide a function hall, indoor sports hall and changing rooms for local events. The Strichen Gala Committee runs the Ritchie Hall and is a registered charity which has to raise funds for all improvements and upkeep of the building.

The previous heating was an electric system - expensive to run and generally inadequate. After research, the Committee appointed Hutcheson's of Portsoy to install a wood pellet fuelled heating system. In additional to financial savings and greater efficiency, it is expected that the project will support the development of a local supply chain.


When Tullynessle and Forbes Public Hall in Alford was completely renovated in 2008 the management committee had three major reasons for adopting a renewable energy system for the hall. These were to reduce C02 emissions to help combat climate change, reduce running costs in the hall and avoid warm/cold cycles which can lead to condensation and dampness.

Wall and under floor insulation was improved to ensure increased heat retention, helping to reduce heating costs and energy consumption and a wood pellet boiler was chosen as the best option for the new heating system. This serves to keep the hall at a more reasonable temperature for users and protects the fabric of the building against damp.

The pellets for the boiler are delivered via a blown delivery system from a specially designed blower lorry. The boiler and fuel store were located within the existing storage area of the hall meaning that no additional boiler house was required.

Subsequent to the installation of the wood pellet boiler two additional benefits emerged. The choice of wood fuel means use of a local and sustainable resource, helping to support the rural economy. The boiler has proved to be an educational attraction with many groups visiting the hall to see for themselves the benefits of installing wood fuel heating.

The boiler has a maximum output of 25kw and the wood fuel store has a capacity of 5 tonnes. It is estimated that the annual wood fuel use will be in the range12-15 tonnes, and the annual fuel saving has been estimated at E1000 per year.


The Dickson Memorial Hall was built in 1901 and gifted in trust to the people of Laurencekirk in memory of the Dickson family then resident in Laurencekirk.

The Hall, which is a registered charity, remained in remarkably good condition over the years but was in need of internal modernisation and following a grant of £467,000 from the Scottish Government's Town Centre Regeneration Fund, together with funding from Aberdeenshire Council, it was refurbished and extended in 2010 to provide the current accommodation and facilities.

As part of the refurbishment it was decided to install a sustainable form of heating in line with the ‘green’ credentials of the newly refurbished hall. After some deliberation a wood pellet boiler was chosen as the preferred solution.

The system now in place is a 50kW ETA boiler with a 1200 litre Jaspi buffer tank, installed by AD Heating of Fyvie.

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Pellet boiler installations in community projects in Aberdeenshire that are fuelled by Puffin Pellets.