Biomass is a type of fuel that produces energy primarily derived from plants and plant based materials but, can also come from animal by-products and general waste products.
The various biomass sources include food crops, grassy and woody plants with wood remaining the most commonly used in either a wood chip or pellet form. It is generally used to power systems that convert energy to heat water and space heating. The ability to use a personal wood supply is a bonus but should not be the driver of the scheme.
The installation and running costs of a biomass boiler have the lowest capital cost of all renewable energy technologies. As wood fuel is a carbon neutral resource it makes a significant contribution to reducing the UK’s commitment to reducing CO2 emissions.
With the government due to announce more details in regards to the heat incentive in the coming months, due thought should be given to its advantages and disadvantages. At Robinson & Hall we have extensive experience in these schemes and can help analyse the financial returns and assist in the project management of these schemes.
The majority of projects to date have been industrial such as hospitals, airports, leisure centres and golf clubs, however, there are an increasing number of homes and offices now investing in Biomass boilers.
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