How does a Biomass heating system work?
Biomass is biological material derived from living, or recently living organisms. The carbon in biomass is absorbed from the atmosphere as carbon dioxide (CO2) by plant life using the energy from the sun. These processes have been happening for as long as there have been plants on the Earth and it is part of what we know as the carbon cycle.
Biomass heating systems burn manufactured wood pellets, chips or logs to provide power for all your central heating and hot water needs. Biomass can also work in a district heating system, were a central boiler provides heat to a number of properties.
Cheaper to run than an equivalent oil system, and up to 60% cheaper to run than LPG. They are also fully automatic, self-lighting and self-cleaning.
Designing the right biomass system for you
At ecoames we pride ourselves on designing the right biomass boiler system for the needs and budget of our clients. Whether you want to produce space heating and hot water for a single home or multiple homes using Biomass, you can be assured from start to finish we provide honest and thorough guidance throughout every project. We only deliver what is best for the client and best for the environment.
The Benefits of Biomass Heating
Save money and the environment
Save up to 60% on your heating bills!
Although the price of wood fuel varies, it is cheaper than using coal, oil or LPG. If you replace from LPG to Biomass you can expect to save as much 60%.
Savings in carbon dioxide emissions are very significant – up to 14.5 tonnes a year for a average family home when a biomass-fuelled boiler replaces a solid (coal) boiler or electric storage heaters.
Receive Financial Support
By installing a Biomass Boiler you would get paid for every Kwh you produce, through the government’s RHI (Renewable Heat Incentive).
Biomass is an eligible measure under the UK government’s Green Deal to home owners and tenants, which is a financing mechanism that lets people pay for energy-efficiency improvements through savings on their energy bills.
An environmentally Friendly Option
The carbon dioxide emitted when wood is burned is the same amount that was absorbed over the months and years that the plant was growing. The process is sustainable as long as new plants continue to grow in place of those used for biomass fuel. There are some carbon emissions caused by the cultivation, manufacture and transportation of the fuel, but as long as it is sourced locally, these are much lower than the emissions from fossil fuels.
Biomass boilers, like all fossil fuel boilers, need annual servicing. Biomass produces a small amount of ash (less than one per cent of fuel volume). At ecoames the Biomass boilers we install have self-cleaning systems which will collect ash from the combustion grate and the heat exchanger tubes. We can even monitor you new biomass boiler away from site to make sure it is working at maximum efficiency and be able to take action when service and maintenance is required.
Is a Biomass boiler right for you?
To work out if a biomass heating system is right for your property, ask yourself these questions. If you have any queries or would like a quote, just get in touch.
Do you need a boiler or a stove?
Biomass boilers can be used in place of a standard gas or oil boiler to heat radiators for a whole house, and to heat the hot water. Stoves are used to heat a single room, usually in conjunction with other heating systems, but may also have a back boiler to provide hot water. Stoves are not eligible under the domestic RHI unless it is a pellet stove with a back boiler.
Chips, pellets or logs?
Chips are used to heat larger buildings or groups of houses.
Pellets are much easier to use and much more controllable than logs. Pellet boilers can run automatically in much the same way that gas or oil boilers operate. Most pellet and chip burners use automatic fuel feeders which refill them at regular intervals.
Log-burning stoves and boilers have to be filled with wood by hand and require considerably more work. You will need a lot of logs to heat a whole house, but they can be cheaper than pellets if you have a good local supply.
Do you have a local fuel supplier?
Rest assured companies now offer deliveries of pellets anywhere in mainland Britain and Northern Ireland while the supply of logs is more variable.
Do you have space?
Wood boilers are larger than gas or oil equivalents and you will need space to store the fuel. This area will need to be somewhere that’s handy for deliveries as well as appropriate for feeding the boiler.
Do you have somewhere to put the flue?
You will need a flue which meets the regulations for wood-burning appliances. This could be a new insulated stainless steel flue pipe or an existing chimney, though chimneys normally need lining to make them safe and legal.
Do you need permission?
Most properties will not need planning permission, but at ecoames we will always check if permission is required if we are unsure on certain properties.