Since the launch of the Renewable Heat Incentive, biomass boilers have been rapidly deployed in the UK from virtually zero to over 6,000 installations across both the domestic and commercial sectors. This type of renewable heating technology is suited to a range of applications from single residential properties to large megawatt district heating schemes. Biomass boilers are also ideally suited to replace existing fossil fuel boilers, especially in rural or off grid locations, making it an attractive option from both a green and financial perspective.
The Greener Group specialise in the design and installation of wood pellet, chip and log boilers ranging in size from 8kW to 1MW. With installations from Peterhead to Surrey we have a wealth of design and installation experience to provide the right system for your requirements.
Benefit From the Renewable Heat Incentive
Biomass boiler installations are supported through the Renewable Heat Incentive which pays plant owners for the heat they generate. Not only can you save money on fuel costs, your heating system will actually pay for itself and provide an income over the next seven years (domestic) or twenty years (commercial) through the scheme.
Different Types of Biomass Boiler and Wood Fuel
Biomass boilers are suitable for a wide range of heating applications and are available in a variety of sizes, fuel types, heat outputs and efficiency. These typically include log boilers, wood chip boilers and pellet boilers.
The Renewable Heat Incentive is a government backed financial scheme designed to support the installation of renewable energy technologies. There are various technologies supported through the RHI and the three types of biomass boiler The Greener Group installs are all on the list.
The RHI operates a different scheme for domestic and non-domestic installations. However both schemes pay installation owners a certain pence per kilowatt hour of heat generated by the system.
You can find more information on the domestic RHI here, and the non-domestic RHI here.
Log boilers burn logs to provide heat to a property heating system. They come in a range of sizes and output starting at 10kW and ranging to the 300kW+ scale. They’re often a great solution for farmers, landowners, forest management businesses and anyone with a ready source of logs.
Wood chip biomass boilers use a prepared wood chip as the combustible fuel. Wood chip as a fuel is one of the cheapest available (only losing out to logs) and can be purchased in bulk to offer further savings.
Wood chip boilers are available in sizes ranging from 30kW up to 5MW and bigger. They can be used on large residential properties, multiple residential properties, schools, hospitals, farms and all kinds of businesses.
Wood pellet boilers burn wood pellets to create heat. The pellets are an excellent fuel for several reasons including the fact they can be mass produced to a high, uniform specification and have a high calorific value. Wood pellets are made in several places around Britain, and in many countries around the world. The pellets are generally made from compacted sawdust and related industrial wastes from the milling of lumber, manufacture of wood products and furniture, and construction.
As expert designers of biomass heating systems we have encountered lots of installation scenarios and we are able to help deliver your next biomass boiler project. Contact one of the team for more information.
Woodfuel can be burned to generate heat or electricity and is an important part of the UK’s renewable energy supply.
Fuel can be produced from thinnings taken from woodlands and forests, wood recovered from the waste stream and from crops like short rotation coppice.
It is a sustainable, low carbon, source of energy that is produced from managed woods, where felled trees are replanted.
There are many suppliers of the different types of woodfuel throughout the UK. If you are looking to burn wood and claim the RHI you supplier needs to be on the Biomass Suppliers List (BSL).
Woodfuel works best on a sub-national scale – using locally grown fuel in efficient, modern boilers as a clean way to provide heat for business and community buildings, saving money and CO2.
Biomass boilers need to be serviced regularly. There is no way around it, they get clogged up with ash and dust and if left to their own devices for too long will fail. It is usually a quick fix but it often happens at the most inconvenient times.
The frequency on boiler service is determined by the amount of use the boiler has also known as the boiler run hours. The boiler pictured on the right is an ETA 199kW chip boiler. A standard service is recommended every 2500 run hours or once a year, whichever comes first. An extended service is then required every 5000 run hours.
Each biomass boiler is different and comes with its own set of manufacturer recommendations for service and cleaning – but they are all similar. It’s important you keep up to date with your service checks and cleaning or you boiler could lose efficiency, affecting both the heat supply to your home or business and the return you can expect to receive from the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI). Servicing yearly will also ensure your warranty remains valid on your boiler
Visit our Biomass Servicing page to find out more.