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Biomass Boilers

Biomass boilers, which burn wood pellets, chips or logs, can save you up to £880 per year compared to oil, LPG and electric heating. Wood fuel is cheaper than other heating fuels (such as oil, LPG and electricity) meaning lower energy bills and you can also get paid for the heat you produce through the government’s Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI). As well as the financial benefits, the carbon emissions of wood fuel are much lower than those of fossil fuels.

Biomass boilers are suitable for homes that are off mains gas where the hot water and heating uses oil, LPG, electricity or another source of energy. They can be used to heat a single room or can be fitted with a back boiler to heat radiators throughout the home as well as hot water. Essentially, a biomass system is as easy to use and convenient as a typical gas powered boiler; control panels are simple to operate and systems can be controlled via mobile apps whilst individual rooms can be set at different temperatures and at different times.

 

How does Biomass Work?

The most obvious form of biomass energy production is wood burning.

The most obvious form of biomass energy production is wood burning. In this, wood pellets, chips or logs are burned in stoves or biomass boilers to create warmth in a single room or to power central heating and hot water systems. This process can be used on a small-scale level in individual homes, or on a much larger scale in businesses and bigger buildings.
Biomass energy is also created in waste-to-energy plants. Here, waste organic matter that would otherwise end up in landfill (food waste for example) is burned on a large scale to produce steam. This steam rises, which spins turbines to create electricity.
While this usually takes place in specialist plants, some manufacturing businesses burn their own waste materials to create energy that contributes to their power needs.

Another form of biomass energy is biogas. When organic waste such as manure, sewage waste and agricultural waste breaks down it creates a mixture of methane gas and carbon dioxide. This is called anaerobic digestion.
Anaerobic methane digesters trap large amounts of this waste at high temperatures with reduced oxygen to speed up the breakdown process. This creates the gases more quickly than natural decomposition.
The clever technology then traps the resulting gas, which can then be used for the same purposes as natural gas: heating, cooking and so on. Some vehicles even use the gas as an alternative fuel.

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What are the benefits?

As wood is a renewable source of fuel, you'll never run out of fuel.

As wood is a renewable source of fuel, you'll never run out of fuel, and you won't have to suffer from rising fuel prices - the current cost of wood fuel is already significantly less than that of fossil fuels. You can even apply to the government's Renewable Heat Initiative, where you'll receive money for using renewable energy sources to heat your house. You will also be helping the environment, as burning wood produces significantly less emissions than fossil fuels.

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