What Is a Biomass Boiler? A Guide to Biomass Boilers

What Is a Biomass Boiler? A Guide to Biomass Boilers

When considering options for renewable heating, a biomass boiler should not be ignored. With various models suitable for various fuel types and different applications, Biomass boilers can meet the renewable heating needs of just about any home or integrated renewable heating system. As with other renewable technology, domestic biomass boilers have come on leaps and bounds in recent years!

Despite their fantastic reputation, there can be some confusion around biomass boilers, especially with questions around whether they are a viable option to heat the home. To dispel some myths and uncertainty around Biomass boilers we have created the below article which looks into exactly how a biomass boiler works, it’s efficiency and its suitability for you and your requirements. Discover more about Biomass boilers below…

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How Much Space Do You Need For A Heat Pump?

How Much Space Do You Need For A Heat Pump?

Renewable heating and energy has grown in popularity and availability in recent times, mostly thanks to the developments in renewable heating systems and technology which make it easier to implement green heating and energy options throughout your home. There are plenty of benefits when it comes to using a renewable heating system, and there are a range of valid options that you can have installed; whether this be alongside your existing heating source, to create an integrated heating system, or as your sole, standalone heating source.

Among the options for a renewable heating system, heat pumps are one of the best to install, as they can be run all year round. When it comes to heat pumps, you have two options, ground source heat pumps and air source heat pumps. Both come with their own pros and cons, but the good news is that both technologies are eligible for the renewable heat incentive (RHI).

We often get asked what is required in order to install a heat pump in someone’s home, or how much space they will need for a heat pump system to work in their home. At A Greener Alternative, we have plenty of experience and knowledge when it comes to heat pumps, having installed countless systems for a range of customers. This article looks in to exactly how much space is required in order to install a heat pump, some of the misconceptions around heat pump systems, as well as outlining the essential things you need to know about heat pumps and why they are a great option for you.

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How Can An Integrated Heating System Benefit You?

How Can An Integrated Heating System Benefit You?

If you are looking for a modern way to efficiently heat your home with sustainability and your eco footprint in mind, then using renewable heating is the best option. However, an option that not everyone is aware of is using an integrated, dual source, or hybrid heating system; an integrated heating system combines the traditional gas/electric boiler found in most homes, with a newer renewable heating option such as a ground or air source heat pump.

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What Is The Best Renewable Heating System?

What Is The Best Renewable Heating System?

When it comes to heating your home, you ideally want the best heating at a reasonable price. Not only this but you want to make sure that your heating system will be long lasting and suitable for your home. Another aspect that is quickly becoming apparent is that people want more sustainable heating, and to achieve this a renewable heating system must be used. Read More

How Much Is The Renewable Heat Incentive?

How Much Is The Renewable Heat Incentive? 

What is the Renewable Heat Incentive? (RHI) Everything you Need to Know…

The Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) is a government financial incentive which encourages the use of renewable energy and heating. With the Renewable Heat Incentive you can get money

towards the costs of running a renewable heating system to heat your home or commercial property.

But how much is the Renewable Heat Incentive? Well, in the below article we explore exactly what costs are involved with the Renewable Heat Incentive as well as how much you could expect to receive through RHI. Read More

What is the Renewable Heat Incentive? (RHI) Everything you Need to Know…

What is the Renewable Heat Incentive? (RHI) Everything you Need to Know…

 

What is the Renewable Heat Incentive? (RHI) Everything you Need to Know…

The Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) is a government financial incentive to encourage the use of renewable heat. Available to both domestic and non-domestic environments, The Renewable Heat Incentive promotes the use of renewable heating systems, with a financial incentive for those who switch to heating systems that use eligible energy sources and meet certain criteria.

With the UK Government’s RHI Scheme, you could get money towards the costs of heating your home or commercial property using a renewable heating system, including the likes of: Biomass Systems, Heat Pumps and Solar Thermal Heating Systems etc. Read More

KWB Easyfire domestic biomass install in Hindhead, Surrey

This install took place at a detached family home in Hindhead, Surrey where the property owners were looking to move away from their existing oil fueled heating system and expressed an interest in biomass as an alternative.

A Greener Alternative specified a 35kW KWB Easyfire pellet boiler with an 800 litre buffer vessel to take care of all the heating and hot water requirements in the family home.

Several options were discussed for a potential boiler location and the garden offered plenty of space to create a new structure to house the boiler, buffer and pellet store and the homeowners expressed an interest in pursuing this route.

A purpose built boiler room shed was constructed in the garden with enough room to house the boiler, buffer and a bespoke pellet store that was designed and constructed to fit within the shed whilst maximising pellet storage space. The Storz hose connectors can be seen at the rear of the shed where fuel delivery hoses are connected and pellets are blown into the store.

The family now enjoy a seamless changeover from their old oil system but with the benefit of lower costing, carbon neutral fuel.1 2 3 4 5

National Trust Site West Sussex

This is an install of a 75 kW KWB Pelletfire biomass boiler. The boiler house includes a 10.5 ton pellet store, which is a big bag option, this allows for enhanced quantity within the space. Two 1500 litre thermal stores provide the home with all of its hot water and heating needs. A Greener Alternative decided to site the boiler in an outhouse building, utilising an existing space and cutting down the installation costs. The biomass system is connected to the main house via underground Rahau pipe, this has high insulation properties and minimises heat loss. The pellet store is located in section of the outbuilding adjacent to the boiler house, a hole was formed and an auger fitted to transport the pellets through to the boiler.

Key facts

Project cost: £43,652

RHI payments over 20 years: £201,254

Estimated fuel saving over 20 years: £100,000

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Klover Smart 120

This is the traditional cream Klover Smart 120. It is the first pellet cooker to be approved on the MCS approved appliance register. This means you can cook, provide heat for your home and hot water, whilst receiving RHI payments. This installation was a simple process, the customer decided to situate the Klover in a utility room and utilise the cooker element as a back up to their conventional oven in the kitchen. This Pellet boiler has allowed the household to move away from oil burning and the unpredictable price of fuel bills.

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