What is a biomass boiler and how does it work?
Biomass systems typically burn wood pellets, wood chips or logs. They provide space heating and hot water to domestic, commercial and industrial users. Biomass boilers come in a range of sizes, depending on your heat load requirements, and are clean and easy to maintain. Biomass boiler systems operate in the same way as a conventional boiler system, with the exception of fuel delivery. Pellets or wood chips are fed through an auger which is automatically controlled by the boiler. As the fuel enters the boiler, the material is ignited either by elements or an electric blower on the initial start up. The hot gases are then passed through a heat exchanger and the heat is transferred to the water used in your central heating system.
What are the benefits of Biomass?
The price of the wood fuel needed for a biomass boiler is significantly cheaper than other heating options. The large and expanding supply of wood fuels are sustainable and not subject to the geopolitical price increases often seen with fossil fuels. The carbon dioxide emitted when the wood is burned is equal to the amount that was absorbed over the years that the tree was growing. Biomass systems are ideally suited to most buildings, especially with high heating and hot water requirements including: large buildings such as hospitals, schools and offices; hotel and leisure sectors such as golf clubs and swimming pool complexes and in the residential sector care homes and single family homes. A Biomass system will not only cut your fuel costs but also reduce your carbon footprint by up to 90%.
What is the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI)?
The Non-Domestic (Commercial) Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) is a Government environmental programme that provides financial incentives to increase the uptake of renewable heat. For the non-domestic sector broadly speaking it provides a subsidy, payable for 20 years, to eligible, non-domestic renewable heat generators and producers of biomethane for injection based in Great Britain. Of course this is subject to the detailed scheme rules.
Ofgem is responsible for implementing and administering the scheme on behalf of the Department of Energy and Climate Change.
There is also an RHI for Domestic homes which is payable for seven years at a higher rate.
What is the purpose of the scheme?
By providing a long-term financial incentive, the objective of the RHI is to significantly increase the proportion of heat generated from renewable sources. By driving change in a heat sector currently dominated by fossil fuel technologies, the RHI can help the UK meet EU targets to reduce carbon emissions and improve energy security. In addition the RHI has the wider potential of developing ‘green jobs’
Who is the scheme for?
The RHI is available to both Commercial and Domestic. Should you go ahead with a FREE system – Supplied and Fitted with no payments or finance…just lower bills and a reduction of your carbon footprint. There are no catches in regards to having your very own Biomass system supplied and fitted free. If you chose to opt for the free system, you simply benefit from the savings and not the RHI.
There is however the option to purchase, the difference when purchasing is that the you will still save on energy bills and reduce your carbon footprint but you will also receive the RHI (see example below)
When investing in Domestic Biomass, RHI is awarded to the you as a consumer based on how much energy is needed to heat your home paid quarterly over a 7 year period.
When your EPC (Energy Performance Certificate) is produced, calculations are made to determine how much energy is needed (kWh) to heat your living space and hot water.
Space Heat = 23,600 kWh
Hot Water = 1,700 kWh
Total Energy Required = 25,300kWh
The total energy amount from the EPC is multiplied by the current RHI amount of 12.2p/kWh
25,300 x 0.122 = £3,086.60
This figure is made available to the consumer on a quarterly basis offset through industry regulators Ofgem, and rises annually subject to retail price index
Yes that’s right, £22,946.66 could be available to you!
When investing in Commercial Biomass, RHI is awarded to the you as a consumer based on how much energy is needed to heat your premises paid quarterly over a 20 year period.
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