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Townsend Schools Biomass Project. Project Overview. Project Beginning. December 16, 2003 Superintendent attends Bio-Energy workshop in Helena, Montana September 3, 2004 CTA Architects completes pre-feasibility assessment February 15, 2005 School District applies for Fuels For Schools Grant

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Townsend schools biomass project

Townsend Schools Biomass Project

Project Overview


Project beginning

Project Beginning

December 16, 2003 Superintendent attends Bio-Energy workshop in Helena, Montana

September 3, 2004 CTA Architects completes pre-feasibility assessment

February 15, 2005 School District applies for Fuels For Schools Grant

April 26, 2005 School Receives Fuels For Schools Grant


Project construction the big dig starts august 16 2006

Project Construction-TheBig Dig Starts August 16, 2006


Project construction pellet silo install photos inside out

Project Construction- Pellet Silo install, photos inside & out


Project construction hopper boilers drop in

Project Construction-Hopper& Boilers Drop In


Project construction hook ups and connections

Project Construction-Hook-ups and Connections


Project construction doors and building connects

Project Construction-Doors and Building Connects


Project construction pellets arrival unloading

Project Construction-Pellets Arrival & Unloading


Pellet feed tube from silo

Pellet Feed Tube (from Silo)


Pellet feeder auger

Pellet Feeder Auger


Boiler pellet hopper

Boiler Pellet Hopper


Pellet burner additions

Pellet Burner Additions


Original ash removal system

Original Ash Removal System


Fire box inside boiler

Fire Box (Inside Boiler)


Fire box through open door

Fire Box (through open door)


Pumps for mixing hs water

Pumps for Mixing HS Water


Plate heat exchanger

Plate Heat Exchanger


Control panel

Control Panel


System costs funding

System Costs & Funding

* Other costs to the project included interim loan interest (until USDA loan became active), asbestos abatement, hot water heater relocation, purchase of a used auger to load pellets, etc. The majority of these costs were covered by the project contingencies and the $30,000 USDA grant.


Problems addressed time line for project

Problems Addressed & Time Line for Project

• Asbestos discovered & removed

• Water heater had to be relocated

• Pellet “Clinkers”

• Ash removal system needed

• Stack Extension needed

• Time Line – Two (2) years

Grant was filed in Feb. 05, ribbon cutting ceremony March 07


District savings with system

District Savings with System

The Silos will hold 60 tons of pellets.

Expected use by school: 250 tons of pellets per year

1st year predicted annual savings using pellets - $23,000.00

(This increases as non-renewable fuel costs increase, predicted savings to be $35,000 per year in 10 years)

Savings in fuel costs are predicted to pay for system within seven to eight years

Predicted savings to the school over 30 year period - $1.2 Million

(These are the predicted savings AFTER the district cost of the system has been repaid)


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