Lorien Engineering Solutions, the engineering design and project management firm, has helped the National Trust bring a site dating back to the 7th century firmly into the modern era with some green energy modifications.
A landmark energy saving project at Sutton Hoo in Suffolk, home to one of the greatest archaeological discoveries of all time, began in 2015 when Lorien completed a feasibility study into low carbon and renewable energy options.
Burton based Lorien then provided design to tender and technical assistance during the build and installation of a new biomass boiler (circa. 200kw), to serve Tranmer House, the former home of Edith Pretty, who instigated the famous Sutton Hoo digs in the 1930s. The house, built in 1910, is now partially open to visitors and also home to four holiday flats.
The biomass system was installed by East Green Energy and is fired by wood pellets. It is set to save approximately 27 tonnes of CO2 per annum against the previous use of liquid petroleum gas (LPG).
As part of its commitment to renewable energies, Sutton Hoo has also installed 172 high-efficiency photovoltaic (PV) modules on the roof of the visitor centre, in partnership with Panasonic. The panels will generate around 42,000kWh of electricity each year – enough to supply more than 10 average UK homes.
It is expected that the two initiatives combined – the PV panels and the biomass system - will reduce the estate’s consumption of LPG by around 35,000 litres, and save around 55 tonnes of CO2 emissions every year.