Biomass Heating Systems
Biomass boilers generate heat from biomass – organic matter derived from living, or recently living organisms. Wood is the largest biomass energy source available today, but it can also be produced from numerous types of plants, and a variety of tree species, ranging from eucalyptus to palm oil. The main sources of ‘first-generation bio-fuels’ are sugar cane and corn starch, fermented to produce bio-ethanol. ‘Second-generation bio-fuels’ use non-food-based biomass sources, such as agricultural and municipal waste.
Using biomass as a fuel produces air pollution in the form of carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide, nitrogen oxides, volatile organic compounds, particulates and other pollutants at levels above those from traditional fuel sources such as coal or natural gas in some cases, such as with indoor heating and cooking. Using wood biomass as a fuel can produce fewer particulate and other pollutants than open burning as seen in wildfires or direct heat applications.
Biomass takes the carbon out of the atmosphere when it is growing, and returns it as it is burned. This maintains a closed carbon cycle with no net increase in atmosphere CO2 levels.
There are now more companies than ever supplying biomass products. Pellet stoves are the most popular option, and are available easily throughout the year on a 3 to 7 day lead time.
Pellet stoves typically range from around £1,500 (including VAT) to £4,500 (including VAT).
You should note that all price quotations will be subject to site survey, as in particular there may be variations arising as a result of flue condition or specific installation requirements.