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Biomass boilers offer an environmentally friendly alternative to conventional boiler systems. Instead of buring natural gas or oil, a biomass boiler burns wood pellets, chips or logs.
At first galnce, a biomass boiler doesn't sound like it would benefit the environment any more than a boiler burning conventional oil or gas for fuel. However, when you burn biomass, the amount of carbon dioxide (CO2) that is released into the atmosphere is equal to the amount of CO2 that is absorbed while the plants were growing. Therefore, biomass is classed as carbon-neutral renewable energy.
Biomass boilers burn their fuel extremely efficiently. They use the heat produced to provide heating and hot water. They can also be more cost effective and efficient than fossil fuel boilers, especially in rural or off mains gas areas.
Types of Biomass Fuel
The definition of 'biomass' is any form of biological material that has come from living plant matter. Usually biomass comes in wood pellets or chips, but you can also use wood logs. Usually, wood pellets are the favoured form of biomass, as they are the most energy efficient. There are other, less common, sources of biomass material. These include high yield energy crops, such as wheat, that are grown specifically for energy applications.
These fuels are burnt to produce heat, which in turn is used to heat your home or provide hot water. The main benefits to using biomass fuels is that, unlike fossil fuels which are a depleting resource, they can be sourced from a 'closed carbon cycle' system. This is when the amount of carbon released into the atmosphere during burning of the fuel, is balanced out by the planting of tress. This effectively cancels out the harmful effects of releasing carbon dioxide and other green house gasses into the atmosphere, making biomass fuels an environmentally friendly way of heating your home.
Will it work for me?
In a word, yes.
Even though they use a different type of fuel to a conventional oil or gas boiler, biomass boilers are as cost effective, safe and as convenient. The only thing you will need to consider before making your mind up is that they require more space than a conventional boiler.
Normally, a biomass boiler will be housed in a garage or in another type of out building. There are also outdoor boiler housings if these are more practical for your situation. Knowing exactly where you will be locating the unit is an important consideration before purchase.
That's where we come in. We'll be with you every step of the way. Helping you with planning, sourcing and installation of your new biomass boiler system. Simply contact us on 0800 988 3188, or fill out our contact for at the bottom of the page.
OFGEM provides tariffs and payments to people who invest in Renewable Heat sources, such as biomass boilers and heat pumps. People who join the scheme can expect to receive payments for up to 7 years, on a quarterly basis. For more information on domestic tariffs, please click here.
They also provide tariffs and payments to non-domestic sectors, with support lasting up to 20 years. The amount paid is based on how much heat the systems in place produce. If you wish to read more about OFGEM's non-domestic schemes, you can do so by visting their website here.
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