Doncaster museum replaces old oil system with biomass

30th Oct 2012


The staff of Doncaster Museum and Art Gallery are celebrating the installation of a new £300,000 biomass boiler which replaces two twenty year old oil-fired systems.

The new boiler will help to give the museum at least 30 more years of heat and power as well as saving energy and money. The installation has been jointly financed by the npower Juice Fund and Doncaster Council with npower financing over two-thirds of the overall cost. Doncaster MBC Construction Services project managed the installation throughout.

Since the npower Juice fund was launched in 2001, it has raised more than £2 million and the money has helped to support renewable energy and community based projects all over the country. The Juice fund also helped three other community based projects over the summer holidays by installing renewable technologies which include solar panels and another biomass boiler.

To help with the celebrations, npower has invited Woodfield Primary School to the museum for a Climate Cops Academy day and a mini energy treasure hunt. Installing the new biomass boiler will help keep the museum warm and safe for many years, keeping Doncaster’s treasures safe for generations to come.

“Of the two boilers that were in the museum, one had broken and the other was beyond the end of its economic life, so we are delighted with our new biomass boiler” said Councillor Cynthia Ransome, Deputy Mayor and Cabinet Member for Communities. “It will help keep the museum powered for many more years to come and enable future generations to enjoy its fantastic exhibitions in warm and comfortable surroundings.”

Doncaster Museum and Art Gallery was opened in 1964 as a purpose-built Museum to display important collections of natural history, archaeology, local history, fine and decorative art. Last year the museum saw 78,000 visitors through its doors. The npower Juice fund supplies electricity that is 100% matched with renewable sources. It costs the same as our standard electricity and has been certified in line with OFGEM’s Green Supply Guidelines, as a tariff with genuine environmental benefits. In addition, for every customer that takes Juice, npower makes a contribution of £10 every year into the Juice Fund. The fund is then used to support community based renewable generation projects which provide a real environmental benefit..

Matthew Cole, npower’s Project Manager added: “It’s fantastic that we were able to help Doncaster Museum as it’s a real asset to the community here. Not only will it enable the museum to stay open for at least another 30 years, but it will also save them money.”