Solid biofuel systems, known as Biomass, burn wood pellets, chips or logs to supply heat to water which can be used for a variety of applications such as community or commercial heating schemes, food processing, central heating, swimming pools and campsites. Especially useful for high energy users with a limited supply as the electricity consumption is low. Smaller domestic systems can provide radiant heat to the room along with the central heating and hot water systems.
Larger systems would have a silo or store where the fuel is loaded into which automatically feeds the boiler. The larger the fuel store the less frequent a delivery is required providing a better rate on the fuel. A majority of domestic biomass boilers are loaded with fuel manually into an internal hopper, it is best to buy fuel by the tonne for economy and suitable storage is required.
The vital difference between biomass and fossil fuels is one of time scale. Fossil fuels are created over long periods of time. Biomass takes carbon out of the atmosphere while it is growing, and returns it as it is burned. If managed on a sustainable basis, biomass is harvested as part of a constantly replenished crop; this maintains a closed carbon cycle with no net increase in atmospheric CO2 levels.
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They are suited to domestic and commercial premises.
Once you have installed your chosen burner or boiler there is very little maintenance required, such as an annual sweep of the flue / chimney.
Biomass systems are most likely to save money and carbon dioxide when they are used to replace electric, LPG or coal heating systems.
Your home must be well insulated before you consider biomass. You will feel and see more benefits from a woodburner or wood pellet boiler if you do this.
All woodburners above 5kW require ventilation, either direct using a room-seal kit or via an air brick.
In most cases, a flue liner will be necessary to line the chimney or an additional flue kit if no chimney is present.
Adequate storage is required for the wood logs, pellets or chips.
There are plenty of options to chose from – why not contact us to arrange a free site survey and discuss your options?