Village school in Dnipropetrovsk region takes the biomass route

Dec 14, 2016

Alternative energy technologies are often associated with high-tech enterprises or scientific projects-but they can actually be applied anywhere, for example in public schools! The Kamyanetska village school, Dnepropetrovsk region, had its moment of fame when information about installation of a new biomass heating system in the school was aired in the local news.

The school is relatively new, built in 1994-but the  engineering gaps became noticeable soon after construction:  some rooms were heated well while others remained cold. The school management was looking for a way to fix this problem but had no funds to completely reconstruct the heating system. The solution was found when the local community decided to participate in the CBA project. After a formal application process and expert evaluation, it was recommended to install biomass boilers to ensure balanced heating of all classrooms. The Total cost of this project, 495, 767 Hryvnias, was funded by multiple stakeholders. From UNDP/EU (UAH 12,970), community contribution (UAH 24,755), from regional budget (UAH 25,067) and rayon budget (UAH 32,975).

Two biomass boilers have been installed in the  school, running on wood pellets. “This (new) boiler is now the main source, and the gas boiler house functions as a back-up system. If we run out of pellets, a gas boiler switches on automatically and continues heating the school. This project has a real social importance,” the school administrative manager tells us.

The upgraded heating system allowed stable heat delivery in the whole school building. In addition to installation of biomass boilers, 88 windows and entrance doors at the school were also replaced. As a result, temperature in the classrooms increased by 3-4 degrees. The schools’ energy bills were cut in half. To ensure the heat stays on, the Prydniprovska village council decided to allocate funds for procurement of wood pellets for Kamyanetska village school-the majority of the  pellets are locally produced.

At the moment, there are 268 children studying the Kamyanetske village school, including children from the neighboring villages and smaller settlements who get here by bus. The warmth allowed the school to be open all day, allowing for the creation of a Center for Children's Creative Activities and Sport Clubs in the building.

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