Gelliondale Nursery uses wet sawdust to heat greenhouses

Gelliondale Nursery uses wet sawdust to heat greenhouses

In 2010, HVP Plantations Gelliondale Nursery installed a biomass heating system to heat its 4,700 square metre glasshouse nursery in Alberton, Victoria.

Nursery manager, Chris Barclay, says the 1.5 MW boiler is powered by wet sawdust, delivered from the local sawmill owned by the Nursery’s overseeing company Hancock Victorian Plantations. The nursery grows pine trees for nearby plantations.

Pine tree sapling, Gelliondale Nursery
Gelliondale Nursery grows pine trees for nearby plantations.

The project is estimated to save 400 tonnes per annum of greenhouse gas emissions.  Sohum Gandhi (formerly Energence, now Enriva) designed and installed the system.

Read more about the Gelliondale Nursery Pine Propagation Project [PDF 3.8 MB]

Stored sawdust, Gelliondale Nursery
The boiler is powered by locally sourced wet sawdust