• Let's Talk About Biomass

    An upgrade from oil and gas

The justification for biomass

Biomass fuel is taken from registered sustainable sources.  These sources consume large amounts of carbon dioxide during growth which is then released in combustion.  This cycle is therefore “carbon neutral”  over a few years in contrast to fossil fuels which only release carbon dioxide into the atmosphere.  The transportation of biomass does actually make it very slightly carbon positive.

Industrial Biomass Boilers

Industrial biomass boilers: These modern commercial biomass boilers easily exceed the benefits of their oil or gas counterparts. Using wood chips or wood pellets in a system that is both more efficient and more sustainable than traditional boiler technology, they are easy to run, low maintenance, and can cover all of your buildings’ heating requirements.

IS INDUSTRIAL BIOMASS BOILER INSTALLATION EASY?

The ease of your industrial wood boiler installation depends on the system size and on aspects of your current heating system – such as whether a new hot water tank is needed and the installation will involve integrating the boiler with your heating system. One trickier aspect of the whole process is the organisation of fuel supply and storage.

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DO WE NEED PLANNING PERMISSION?

For an industrial biomass boiler, it really depends on the size of the system. If the system is large enough to consist of a boiler house, fuel silo and flue, then it is possible that planning permission will be required. It is also possible that other permits are needed. Ensuring all of these permissions and permits are granted is part of our service at Prescient Power. Read more on our planning permission guidance page.

HOW DO THE GOVERNMENT INCENTIVES WORK?

Installing a biomass system enables you to be eligible to apply for the government RHI (Renewable Heat Incentive) scheme, which pays you for the heat you generate. To receive the payments, you need to apply to the scheme, with which Prescient Power are more than ready to assist.

HOW DOES A BIOMASS BOILER WORK?

The boiler burns the wood chips, pellets, logs or waste wood to generate heat, which warms up the water within your heating system. If designed correctly, it can provide enough heat to cover the needs of all of your buildings, and they are especially good if you have a constant heat load.

Discover more about the biomass fuel types available, as well as links through to recommended suppliers.

CAN BIOMASS INTEGRATE WITH OUR SYSTEM?

Yes, most biomass boiler systems are easy to integrate into your current system. Additionally, it is a really good option to consider if you are thinking of replacing your current boiler.

HOW DOES THE METERING WORK?

In order to receive the RHI payment, you must meter the heat you produce in terms of kWh of thermal energy, and this total is used to calculate your RHI tariff payment.

WHAT DOES A BIOMASS BOILER COST?

Commercial biomass boilers cost more than oil, gas or lpg, but the fuel costs are normally much less. The size of the system is the most critical factor in determining the system cost.  However, as you cannot export heat to a heating grid, the sizing of a heat generating system is somewhat trickier than an electrical one; the system must be sized to closely match your heating needs, to avoid wasting the excess heat that you don’t use. There are plenty of models available and we offer a broad range of pellet, chip and log boilers. Commercial organisation can even benefit form having a free biomass boiler installed and receiving lower and more stable energy bills.  The best way to get an idea of the figures involved for you is to contact us.

WHAT ABOUT MAINTENANCE?

Normal operation requires very little maintenance – perhaps weekly or monthly de-ashing (a very simple task), and this is usually performed by your on-site team.  As with any boiler, we suggest an annual or bi-annual service.  We have three different levels of biomass service agreement and you can find out about our maintenance contracts here

WHAT IS THE RETURN ON INVESTMENT?

Biomass boilers in UK have had a huge boost form the Government’s RHI scheme. Industrial size biomass boilers can take as little as 5 years to pay back. The larger the system, the more likely it is to pay back more quickly. To get realistic figures for your property, request a free quote.

I'M INTERESTED IN COMBINED HEAT AND POWER

Biomass can also be used to generate both heat and electricity.  Please call us to discuss.

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