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Biomass Boilers

Biomass Boilers

About Biomass Boilers

Key Facts about Biomass Boilers

  • Burns wood chips, logs or pellets so fuel cost are significantly lower than fossil fuels
  • Tax free payments from the Government through Renewable Heat Incentives (RHI)
  • A typical return on investment of 17% a year
  • Reduce your carbon footprint
  • Ideal for larger properties
  • Premium quality boilers installed

Benefits of Biomass Boilers

  • They pay for themselves by reducing your fuel costs - wood pellets are around 40% cheaper than LPG or electricity
  • Biomass boilers attract Renewable Heat Incentive payments each quarter for seven years providing an income stream for the household
  • Technically advanced, biomass boilers are up to 98% efficient, so you'll notice a big difference if you are replacing an old, inefficient boiler
  • Larger properties, rural properties or older buildings, will particularly benefit from a biomass boiler as the system lends itself to a 'district' layout.
  • Low maintenance and no planning permission, means that installation and upkeep is a breeze
  • The small amount of ash that is produced can be composted - typically 1% by weight
  • Biomass boilers are carbon neutral. The carbon you release when you burn your biomass fuel is equivalent to that absorbed by the plant when it was growing, there for the net result is neutral.
Biomass Boilers

These fuel efficient boilers are a favourite amongst those who want to keep their carbon emissions low and save money on their energy bills. 

Biomass boilers burn pellets, logs or wood.  Burning plant biomass does release carbon, but only the amount the plant consumed, so the fuel is classed as carbon neutral. By switching your boiler's fuel to a biomass means that you qualify for a Renewable Heat Incentive payment from the Government. This is an annual payment for the first 7 years to encourage carbon reduction. 

Large rural properties will benefit the most from installing a biomass boiler, but even a small domestic installation could generate £960 in income for you. (Based on 12kw). 
The savings are even greater where the biomass boiler is replacing an LPG or oil system, and significant when replacing an old inefficient boiler. Customers typically experience a 17% return on investment each year - better than any bank!

Read about how biomass boilers work and whether your property is suitable on our news page. Maintaining them is easy as you can see from this video.

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Switching to Biomass Fuel

Find out how much you can save by entering the amount you currently spend on LPG or oil (£) into our carbon calculator below.

Fuel Oil Cost p/a* Oil Consumption p/a* kWh** Kg/Gj Tonnes/MWh*** Annual Total CO2 Emissions
Oil 87 0.314
Fuel Pellet Cost p/a* Pellet Consumption p/a* kWh** Kg/Gj Tonnes/MWh*** Annual Total CO2 Emissions
Wood Pellets £ 7 0.026
CO2 emissions saved by switching from oil to biomass pellets per annum:
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Fuel LPG Cost p/a* LPG Consumption p/a* kWh** Kg/Gj Tonnes/MWh*** Annual Total CO2 Emissions
Oil 87 0.314
Fuel Pellet Cost p/a* Pellet Consumption p/a* kWh** Kg/Gj Tonnes/MWh*** Annual Total CO2 Emissions
Wood Pellets £ 7 0.026
CO2 emissions saved by switching from oil to biomass pellets per annum:
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Assumptions:

* Assuming the cost of burning oil is 65p per litre and its calorific value is 10 kWh/litre

** Assuming the boiler is 92% efficient

*** Life cycle analysis data from: Carbon and energy balances for a range of biofuels options Elsayed, MA, Matthews, R, Mortimer, ND. Study for DTI URN 03/836, 2012 Guidelines to Defra / DECC's GHG Conversion Factors for Company Reporting, and: Comparison of energy systems using life cycle assessment A special report for the World Energy Council July 2004

**** Assuming the cost of biomass pellets is £220.00 per tonne

***** These figures for wood pellets include the hammer mill and pelleting process, however do not include sourcing the feedstock and any pre-processing such as drying. If starting from green wood then drying could be a very major component, however pellets are often made from dry waste wood that has been dried for another purpose, such as joinery. These figures also do not include transport (which is included in the figures for wood chips).

Source - http://www.biomassenergycentre.org.uk