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Biomass Is Good For The Environment — Good For Business

Biomass is a renewable, low carbon fuel derived from living or recently living organisms. It is a sustainable fuel that can deliver a significant reduction in net carbon emissions when compared with fossil fuels.

The best two reasons to heat with biomass are cost-savings and environmental benefits.

Cost Savings

Heating with biomass can lead to significant annual cost savings, particularly for users that have high heat usage requirements. The cost of heat generated by logs, wood chips, or wood pellets is significantly lower than the cost of heat generated by oil, gas, or electricity: with increasing world demand for fossil fuels, it is likely that this gap will increase further, even after accounting for possible price increases on wood fuel

“Biomass is a low carbon fuel that produces a fraction of the emissions of fossil fuels”

Environmental Benefits

Wood fuel is a sustainable fuel that creates significant social and environmental benefits.

Biomass is a ‘low carbon’ fuel that produces a fraction of the emissions of fossil fuels. The critical difference between biomass fuels and fossil fuels is the type of carbon emitted: biomass fuel releases contemporary carbon, whereas fossil fuel releases fossilized carbon.

By switching to Biomass you can get ahead of the 2019 zero carbon building requirements.

Sustainable woodlands – The increasing demand for wood fuel is expected to lead to better woodland management, with associated benefits for wildlife and biodiversity.

Locally sourced – Local sourcing secures you against ‘fuel shocks’ caused by increasing global demand for fuel and political instability. The localized nature of the supply chain minimizes the financial and environmental costs of transporting fuel.

Minimal pollutants – Modern biomass boilers minimize levels of atmospheric pollutants. Indeed, with good quality dry fuel, they verge on being ‘smokeless.

The Beauty Of Biomass

Biomass energy systems can have the lowest installation costs of all renewable energy technologies.

Financial support is available from many different funding programmes.

Abundant Supply – Biomass fuel can be found anywhere and includes:

Trees derived from conventional forestry practice such as thinning and trimming, park management etc.

Energy crops grown specifically for use as fuel, these include grasses, sugar crops, starch crops, oil crops and hydroponics.

Agricultural residues including straw, poultry litter, farmyard manure, animal slurry and grass silage.

Wastes and residues including food wastes, industrial waste and co-products

Turn harmful waste into a useful energy resource.

Reduce Fossil Fuel dependency and cut your energy costs.

Generate An Additional Income through the Renewable Heat Incentive. This government-backed scheme provides long-term payments for producers of renewable heat to support installation and running costs.

The purpose of the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) scheme is to encourage investment in renewables, particularly as investment costs are higher than for fossil fueled plants. For eligible systems this guarantees a fixed and index-linked income for every kWh of heat generated. This will provide users with a valuable stream of income, as well as significant reductions to the cost of heat generation.

For many heat users, the combination of lower heating costs, as well as income from the RHI, makes investment compelling. Payback on initial investments can be achieved in as little as 4 years, and the return on investment can be as high as 25%, or even better

Biomass can be used to power a range of systems including boilers and energy generating engines. These systems produce both electricity and heat at the same time.

Maximize Your Energy Savings and Reduce Your Energy Bills

The Renewable Heat Incentive is a government backed incentive scheme run by Ofgem which sees money paid direct to the end user for every kWh of heat delivered into their premises from a Biomass system.  This, as a general rule of thumb, equates to approximately £1,000 per year for every 10kW of biomass boiler installed.

The Renewable Heat Incentive scheme is index linked and guaranteed for 20 years. There is of course the additional financial benefit of switching from a fossil fuel burning system such as oil (6.4p kWh) to wood-chip (3p kWh)

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