Biomass for Industry

Biomass heating can be used in industry to produce heat for manufacturing processes. Industries that may benefit from installing a biomass boiler include paint drying systems, spray shop heating, laminate presses and steam sterilisation.

There are three different types of boiler; a hot water boiler, a steam boiler or a thermal oil boiler available. A hot water boiler can provide hot water at low or medium temperatures, a steam boiler can provide high temperature water, steam and super-heated steam and a thermal oil boiler can provide very high temperatures at low pressures compared to stream by using mineral or synthetic oil.

Businesses and non-domestic installations supplying large-scale industrial heating may qualify for financial help under the government’s Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI). The scheme provides a subsidy, payable for 20 years, to eligible non-domestic renewable heat generators and producers of biomethane based in the UK. Payments are made every three months and the amount received depends on a number of factors; the type of technology installed, the capacity of the installation and how much energy used. For example, a large biomass installation with 1,000kWth capacity will pay 1.0 pence per kWh (rate from 1 April 2013). Taking into account reduced fuel bills, saving in energy and the financial incentive of RHI payments, it makes good business sense to invest in a biomass heating system.

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