21.09.17 • A monastery that runs its own district heating network? This is a reality in Scheyern, a large Benedictine abbey in Upper Bavaria, Germany.

Formed by an extensive network of steam pipes, the heating system of the Benedictine monks is nourished with wood chips, of which approximately the 80% come from the surrounding forests. This environmentally friendly installation supplies heat not only to the monastery itself but also to the school, the hotel, the brewery and other buildings of the municipality. Such big responsibility requires the proper seamless operation of the heating system during the whole harsh winter.

For this reason when, during the routine maintenance work held in summer, signs of extensive wear were discovered in the old drive responsible for the unbroken supply of wood chips to the boiler, brother Vitalis immediately contacted SEW Eurodrive to organize its replacement by a new parallel shaft helical gearmotor with the hight tech, and improved energy efficient AC motor DRN..

Enthusiastic and passionate about technology, brother Vitalis closely followed up the upgrade of the equipment, of which now takes care easily thanks to the training and support received by SEW EURODRIVE, both in person and online.

Furthermore, thanks to SEW Eurodrive Online Support portal, the monk can solve quickly and autonomously the vast majority of the technical questions that arise: from extensive technical documentation request and spare parts selection, to order monitoring and drive systems drawings display.