Biomass Systems are available as stoves and boilers and are designed to generate heat by burning wood. Stoves can be used to warm a single room, whilst boilers can be connected to a properties central heating and hot water system.

How Do Biomass Boilers Work?

Biomass boilers are the most common form of renewable energy and if installed correctly can provide heating and hot water for an entire property. A biomass boiler generates heat by burning logs, wood pellets or chips and can cost less than conventional heating fuels. A typical automatic boiler for an average home can cost around 11,500 pounds (including installation, flue and fuel store) whilst manually fed boilers can be slightly cheaper.

What Are The Benefits Of Installing Biomass Boilers?

One of the benefits of installing a biomass boiler is the savings in carbon dioxide emissions. When a wood-fuelled boiler replaces a coal system the saving in emissions can be around 7.5 tonnes per year. Financial savings depend mainly upon the system being replaced. Replacing a gas system might save you 100 pound per year, whilst upgrading from an electric heating system could save as much as 580 pounds per year.

Government Incentives For Biomass Boilers

Homeowners installing biomass boilers may receive payments for the heat produced through the governments Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) which launches in summer 2013, whilst installation costs could be helped by a one of grant available from the Renewable Heat Premium Payment Scheme.