April 16, 2024

Green project helps primary school tackle climate change

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Innovative changes are helping a Denbighshire primary school tackle climate change. Denbighshire County Council has…

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Innovative changes are helping a Denbighshire primary school tackle climate change.

Denbighshire County Council has completed a green energy project, part funded by the Welsh Government, aimed to reduce carbon emissions at Ysgol Betws Gwerful Goch.

The Council declared a Climate Change and Ecological Emergency in July 2019 and has since committed to becoming a Net Carbon Zero and Ecologically Positive Council by 2030.

This includes reducing the Council’s emissions from its buildings alongside fleet, waste generated in operations, business travel, staff commuting and street lighting.

The Council led entirely on the design, specification procurement and delivery for this project.

A new heat pump was installed to heat the building using electricity by converting a temperature difference between the air and an internal coolant to create heat which is transferred to the heating system to warm the school.

With the heat pump running on electricity, the electricity consumption on site increases. To mitigate this increase, the Council installed a solar PV array and storage batteries at the school.

This ensures that when the PV array is producing more than the building needs it is stored in the batteries rather than being wasted.

The stored battery energy can then be used to run the heat pump when the sun isn’t shining and the PV isn’t generating. The work has replaced a fossil fuel driven boiler at the site.

Other work carried out at the school includes retrofitted cavity wall insulation, loft insulation and modern double glazing as well as smart heating controls that modify the flow temperature based on the outside air temperature.

The project also allows the facility to optimise the recharge/discharge cycles on the batteries to best suit the monitored consumption profile at the school.

Cllr Barry Mellor, Lead Member for Environment and Transport, said: “The Council is continuing to work on ensuring we are reducing our carbon footprint and increasing biodiversity in the county.

“The project at Ysgol Betws Gwerful Goch is a big benefit for reducing carbon and cost whilst at the same time improving the learning environment at the schools.

“We thank the school for working with us on these important projects.”

Welsh Government Energy Service supported with the grant funding administration for the project.

David Powlesland, Senior Manager, said; “Denbighshire County Council have delivered a fantastic case study for a whole building energy system approach to retrofit. Improving the thermal efficiency alongside the low carbon heat design, topped off with onsite renewable power generation, ensures the school benefits from the most carbon and cost-effective solution.”