What is Biomass?

Biomass is a term used to relate to organic solids which can be burnt and used to provide heating and hot water. Wood by definition is a sustainable and potentially renewable source of energy.

The three most common fuel types used with biomass boilers are wood pellets, wood chip, and seasoned logs.

Wood pellet is automated very easily and is ideal for minimal user intervention. Wood chips are more suited for commercial applications due to its bulk and costly fuel delivery system, and seasoned logs require a greater degree of user intervention and stacking for seasoning. However, we are particularly fond of log gasification boilers if you have access to a sustainable supply of wood due to the extremely low running costs and high efficiency.

The Benefits of a Biomass Boiler

  • High Heat Demands

    Biomass can produce copious amounts high-temperature heat that other forms of renewable energy simply cannot. This makes it well suited to older buildings or those with low levels of thermal insulation. It can also be successfully used for commercial applications.

  • Low Running Costs

    Biomass and particularly wood chip can be very cost effective. If you are able to source your own firewood, a log gasification boiler can provide almost free heat and efficiencies of up to 95% compared to a traditional log burning stove, which may be nearer 60% efficient.

  • Lower Carbon Emissions

    Well managed sources of firewood have a much lower carbon cycle compared to fossil fuels. If a sustainable system is in place, the carbon cycle is greatly reduced as new trees absorb the equivalent amount of CO2 as what is released during the combustion process.

  • Eligible for Financial Support

    Most biomass installations are eligible for financial incentive payments through the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) scheme. The domestic tariff is currently 6.04p per kWh of renewable heat production. RHI is only available to installations completed in accordance with the current MCS standards completed and certificated by an MCS accredited installer.

Why Choose Us to Install your Biomass Boiler?

Energy Savings

All our systems are expertly optimised for maximum operating efficiency.

Friendly & Helpful

Our initial consultation, advice, and itemised quotation is completely free of charge.

Premium Quality

We only provide the highest standards of workmanship and the best quality products.

Insurance Backed Warranties

Our biomass boiler installations include insurance backed workmanship warranties of up to 10 years’

Things to Consider

Plant Location

Biomass systems are quite bulky. You’ll need to have sufficient space to house the boiler, a buffer vessel and all the associated control equipment. You’ll also need somewhere dry and convenient to keep the fuel.

Fuel Delivery

Biomass fuel such as pellets or wood chip is bulky and often delivered on large vehicles. You’ll need to be able to provide access for regular deliveries and store enough fuel to reduce the number of deliveries required a year. Generally the more fuel you can take at once, the cheaper it will cost.

Chimney System

As biomass boilers burn wood, they need a suitable chimney system. There are stringent regulations that must be applied and solid fuel chimneys must rise vertically and terminate somewhere safely away from openings.

Your Budget

A typical domestic biomass installation including a high-quality pellet boiler, buffer tank, and accessories would cost between £12,000 – £20,000. Commercial installations will vary depending on the requirements.