Woodchip boiler solutions provided by A Greener Alternative
Log boiler solutions provided by A Greener Alternative

What is biomass?

Biomass heating systems are fuelled by wood materials in the form of log, wood chip, or wood pellet. Heating with biomass is carbon neutral as the carbon dioxide (CO2) released when burning biomass is equal to the CO2 absorbed in the original growth of the biomass during photosynthesis.

Biomass boilers are connected to a central heating and/or hot water system in much the same way as a standard gas or oil boiler would. Wood burning is a great renewable solution for the direct replacement of ageing oil or LPG systems central heating systems in areas not serviced by the mains gas grid, or to replace expensive electric immersion or storage heaters. A location in a place like Sussex with plenty of rural areas is a perfect candidate for a biomass heating system.

What are the benefits?

  • Reduce your fuel bill – The cost of biomass fuels such as wood pellet and chip are significantly lower than the price of oil or LPG and even more so with logs.
  • Government rewnewable heat incentive – The government are committed to reducing carbon emissions and have put in place the RHI scheme. This pays back the biomass customer a grant over a 7 year period for domestic customers and 20 years for commercial properties. The grant takes into account the heat load of the property and pays the customer for each kilowatt hour (kWh) of biomass heating used.
  • It’s good for the environment – The carbon dioxide emitted when wood is burned is equal to the amount that was absorbed over the time the plant was growing. The process is sustainable as long as new plants continue to grow in place of those used for fuel. For this reason biomass heating is considered carbon neutral.
  • The technology is simple but effective – Biomass heating systems are highly efficient being able to convert up to 92% of the heat energy produced during burning of the biomass fuel into usable heat. Depending on the installation locations there are different sizes available, they are quiet, very easy to use, have few moving parts meaning they rarely malfunction and they are economic to service.

Will biomass work for me?

Biomass boilers can be installed in most properties, but there are some considerations to take into account. Perhaps most importantly, wood boilers are larger than oil, LPG and gas boilers. This means you will need space to house the boiler and store the fuel somewhere that’s handy for deliveries but also appropriate for feeding the boiler.

Our expert survey team will assess the suitability of your property for biomass boiler installation. We are based in Sussex but provide services nationwide. Call us now on 01273 455 695 to discuss your requirements.