Biomass Conversion Project at the University of Canterbury

Christchurch, New Zealand
May 2022 - Sep 2023

The University of Canterbury undertook a major project to reduce carbon emissions by transitioning from coal-fired boilers to biomass for heating and hot water, resulting in an impressive 80% reduction in carbon emissions (equivalent to 8,800 tonnes annually). This transition required an upgrade of their flue gas treatment system. Vortex Engineering recommended a dry electrostatic precipitator (ESP) to meet stringent standards for particulate removal.

Taylors Manufacturing played a pivotal role in this project by manufacturing the ESP. The ESP, comprised of several components, posed a unique challenge due to its significant size, with the two field casings measuring 2.93 x 3.9 x 6.9 meters each. Once fully assembled, the ESP stood at an impressive height of approximately 12 meters.

Additionally, the project included the design and installation of new biomass fuel silos and delivery systems, where Taylors manufactured baghouses to control dust emissions and associated fans, based on Vortex’s design.

Our collaboration with the University of Canterbury demonstrates our commitment to innovative solutions and contributions to their emission reduction efforts.