Choosing a system:
The most appropriate system for a given application will depend on many factors, including fuel availability, the task to be achieved and the location. A successful biomass system installation requires an infrastructure to be in place to ensure that fuel can be delivered and stored easily, safely and conveniently. Burning any fuel produces a range of emissions in the flue gases. Carbon dioxide and water vapour are inevitable, but using these modern, efficient boilers and clean fuel others can be kept to a minimum.
The boilers are installed taking into account storage space and availability of fuel and the day-to-day operation that is most effective for each installation. As fuel is automatically fed into the boiler constant monitoring of fuel levels is not required and the boiler produces hot water and heating to any location.
Farmers and landowners with their own woodland can make significant savings by harvesting and drying their own fuel. Growing a fuel crop such as miscanthus is another alternative and purchasing either wood chips or pellets is both convenient and effective.
Usually designed for the fuel they burn, wood chip and pellet boilers are very similar to oil fired boilers and the fuel is loaded automatically via a hopper. Log boilers have a loading chamber that is filled with logs, usually on a daily basis, and are designed to be used with a heat store or accumulator tank, whereas straw bale boilers are fed by hand with a number of bales at one time.
Costs of installing a biomass system:
Total system costs vary considerably from installation to installation. Typically the cost of the boiler will be a relatively small proportion of the total cost, perhaps one third for a chip boiler installation. A boiler house, fuel store, accumulator tank, fuel feed system, and flue will all add to the cost, as will design, project management and commissioning. If you wish to install the boiler yourself we can supply it to you, equally we are able to manage the entire project on your behalf, from where best to site the most suitable boiler, through installation to commissioning.
We have developed a tool to take into consideration costs, likely usage and grants available to give you an annual cost figure and establish a payback date.
Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI):
The Renewable Heat Incentive is a government devised incentive payment system which rewards owners of commercial renewable heating systems. Owners of biomass boilers will be paid for every unit of heat produced. The income earned will be sufficient to payback the capital cost of the boiler in reasonable time.
Owners of eligible domestic installations will receive a one off grant payment called the ‘Renewable Heat Premium Payment’. Further details may be found at Gov UK web site.