Biomass Boiler Heating Systems
Biomass is material derived from living or once living organisms used as a source of fuel for renewable energy systems and includes wood, grass and other suitable waste materials. Biomass is most commonly used to generate heat and electricity in the home via a stove or boiler.
A stove will only heat one room in your home, although it may be fitted with a back boiler to provide hot water. A boiler powered by burning logs, wood pellets or chips can run your heating and hot water system. Biomass is a good alternative choice as a renewable energy source if you currently use oil to fire your central heating boiler as the appliances work in a similar way and the CO2 emissions are much lower.
How does Biomass work?
The principle of using biomass is simply the process of burning of logs, wood chips or wood pellets in a stove or biomass boiler. Stoves that burn logs have to be filled with wood by hand and require constant attention. Biomass heating boilers can be either manually fed or fully automated, computer controlled systems but both are extremely efficient. The majority of boilers run on wood chips or pellets have automatic fuel feeders which refill them at regular intervals and don’t need constant supervision. As a biomass boiler system can be plumbed into your existing central heating piping, installation is a relatively easy process but biomass boilers are generally bigger than gas or oil fired boilers. Whether you are buying in bulk or in small quantities you will also need an appropriate space for the storage of fuel i.e. a shed or garage. The most common kind of fuel for a biomass boiler is wood pellets or wood chips. Wood pellets are cylindrical shapes made from compacted sawdust, occurring naturally as a result of sawmilling. Wood chips are small pieces of wood manufactured from debarked logs. The type of fuel you chose will depend of a number of factors including available space, storage facilities and cost.
You can take a look at at Biomass Case Study here or
Why not work out your heating savings? Government payments through the RHI here
Contact us to discuss your biomass system requirements.
Advantages of Biomass • A much cheaper form of fuel up to 70% cheaper than other energy. • Using biomass to heat your home will generate an income via the government’s Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) for 7 years between £1,500 – £9,000 PA. + RHPP Grant off £2,000 • A very efficient and low carbon form of heating. • Gives you the customer absolute budgeting control on your heating costs. • Avoid predicted rises in oil & electric in the future. • Be part of the movement that is leading the break away from conventional more expensive and damaging fossil fuels.
The RHI ( Renewable Heat Incentive) tariff levels have been set at:
- Solar thermal: 19.2p/kWh (minimum)
- Biomass boilers: 12.2p/kWh
- Ground source heat pumps: 18.8
- Air source heat pumps: 7.3p/kWh
Please try our renewable heat incentive calculator, enter your current heating arrangements and costs then chose the preferred Renewable heating system. We will then work out the costs and returns from this scheme.
See the Trianco Biomass Greenflame in action
Costs and potential savings
Fuel costs will vary according to the size and type of system you opt for. Buying in bulk will save you money but you will need somewhere suitable for storage. Logs can work out cheaper than pellets but will depend on the wood suppliers where you live.
Renewable Heat Premium Payment
The Renewable Heat Premium Payment is the forerunner to the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) for householders. It is a government backed scheme to help domestic users pay for renewable energy technologies in the home to promote home energy saving. The payment amount varies according to which technology you are applying for. The voucher for installation of a biomass boiler could be as much as £950. But no exact figures have been finalised as of yet.
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