Biomass Explained

So what’s all the fuss about?

Biomass is a renewable energy source that has in recent years become a cheaper and cleaner alternative to fossil fuels for domestic and commercial heating purposes.  The word ‘biomass’ refers to any and all sources of biologically captured energy and includes things like bio-ethanol for powering vehicles.  The most abundant source of biomass fuel for boilers though is wood in the form of either logs, chips or pellets and each of our boilers is specially designed to burn a particular source of biomass fuel most efficiently.  Upgrading to a biomass boiler also brings a host of other benefits including self-ignition and stylish design.

The biomass cycle

Biomass is a renewable energy source.  If the energy supply is managed sustainably and levels of production match consumption, it is effectively carbon-neutral.

Because biomass is a sustainable and carbon-neutral energy source, there is a scheme in the UK designed to encourage consumers to make the switch to biomass.  This is the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) and a version of it applies to domestic consumers (the domestic RHI) and another to commercial, industrial and public sector initiatives (the non-domestic RHI).  Want to know more? There is more information about the RHI on the gov.uk website and the OFGEM website.  Or you can call us for a chat about how the RHI might be relevant to you.

If you’re looking for inspiration or would like to know more about the boilers and heating systems we provide, have a look at our case studies from recent installations.

The Biomass Cycle

Biomass fuels and suppliers

All of our products use biomass fuel in the form of logs, pellets or woodchips.  Logs and woodchips are self-explanatory while wood pellets tend to be formed from compressed dried saw dust.  Biomass fuel suppliers now need to be on the Biomass Suppliers List.  Suppliers we have used include:

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