The UK is starting to focus on biomass as another option of renewable energy.
So I hear you asking “what on Earth is biomass?”
Well biomass is biological material from plants, animals and organisms. This material can be processed into heat, fuel or electricity. The great thing about biomass is that it’s renewable! The plants (mostly trees) used can be replanted with new ones. You may be thinking about the effects of cutting down and burning these plants on the environment but no need to worry. The carbon dioxide produced when making the biomass is absorbed by the replacement plants during photosynthesis.
So another question I hear is “How will this benefit me?”
If you decide to go for a biomass option to heat your home, depending on what system you choose will determine the cost, annual saving and energy output. If you switch from a gas boiler then you will save £100 a year. If you switch from an electric boiler you will make an annual saving of around £580.
Apart from annual savings and being eco friendly, there are other incentives for installing biomass boilers or stoves. The government have two schemes, the first one (RHPP, renewable heat premium payment) is if you live in England, Scotland or Wales, and decide to go for a biomass boiler, and have passed the green deal assessment, then you can get £2000 off your biomass boiler. This scheme and voucher will be valid until the end of March 2014. The other government scheme (RHI, renewable heat incentive) allows owners of biomass heaters to receive an income tariff according to how much energy their system can produce. This scheme will be available for everyone in spring 2014. At the moment it is only available to businesses. The tariff they are considering is 5.2-8.7p/KwH.
We have the benefits and incentives out of the way, now time for the option which would best suit you. There are three main types of biomass heaters. These are log stoves (around £2000), Pellet stoves (around £4000) and Boilers (around £11000). The RHPP is only for the boilers. With greater price comes greater efficiency.
There are several factors which affect what biomass heater would be optimum for you. http://www.biomassenergycentre.org.uk/pls/portal/url/ITEM/A98830E85133F094E04014AC08046624
To find out more about RHI click on the following link: http://www.energysavingtrust.org.uk/Generating-energy/Getting-money-back/Renewable-Heat-Incentive-RHI
To find out more about RHPP click on the following link: http://www.energysavingtrust.org.uk/Generating-energy/Getting-money-back/Renewable-Heat-Premium-Payment-Phase-2 this link will open a PDF document with a flow chart to show you which option would suit you.
Here is a link to a recent newsletter that we published. http://homeimprovementquotes.co.uk/newsletter/biomass-boost/04july13_biomass_links
To find out more about the biomass heaters click on the following link: http://www.energysavingtrust.org.uk/Generating-energy/Choosing-a-renewable-technology/Wood-fuelled-heating