Exploring Biomass Energy

Exploring Biomass Energy

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This suite of workshops allows pupils to gain a practical insight into the issues around the use of biomass as an energy source.

Covering the science and engineering involved, the activities can include access to CAT’s on-site woodland and biomass district heating systems.

Biomass Site Tour

Activity Overview:

Pupils are introduced to the principles and complexities of biomass as a renewable energy source. They look at the forms of wood fuel commonly used in biomass heating plants followed by a behind the scenes tour of the systems used on the CAT site. This covers the basic engineering and operation of the installations.

Key Info:

  • Duration 1 hour
  • Suitable for A level
  • Focus on STEM subjects
  • The tour involves access to the CAT site and suitable footwear and outdoor clothing is essential.
  • Covers sustainable woodland management, common forms of wood fuel and the operating principles of a district biomass heating system.
  • £60 per session (up to 16 pupils)

students on the quarry trailBiomass Energy Workshop

Workshop Overview:

Pupils work in groups using wood-fired storm kettles to measure the transfer of energy from burning fuel into water. By taking temperature readings at set intervals, these are then used to produce temperature/time graphs which can be used for a variety of calculations including power.

Key Info:

  • Duration 1 hour
  • Suitable for A level
  • Focus on STEM subjects
  • The activity involves working out on the CAT site and suitable footwear and outdoor clothing is essential
  • Covers heat energy transfer and power calculations using a simple excel spreadsheet
  • £60 per session (up to 16 pupils)

 

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