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Biomass 'best heating solution' for businesses

Posted by Tasha Kosviner on 18 September 2013 at 9:23 am

Converting your business to biomass heating has the potential to deliver some of the most significant and cost-effective carbon savings of all renewable heating technologies, The Carbon Trust has claimed.

In its guide, Biomass heating: A practical guide for potential users, the Carbon Trust sets out to provide practical guidance to businesses and public sector organisations considering using biomass as an alternative source of heating.

The guide reports that carbon savings of up to 20 million tonnes of CO2 per year could be achieved using UK biomass resources and that using biomass for heating typically gives the most cost effective savings of all.

The guide focuses on existing, conventional biomass combustion equipment, in the 100kWth-3MWth size range, that use solid fuels such as wood chips, pellets and straw because this is when the equipment is at its most efficient. However, much of the information in the guide is also of relevance to those involved with other types of biomass projects for example biomass CHP schemes.

The guide, which was prepared with input from some of the UK’s leading experts in biomass technologies, talks readers through the key phases of installing a biomass heating system from securing the initial expert assessment, to doing a detailed feasibility report, to overseeing the procurement and implementation of the system and monitoring the system’s ongoing operation and maintenance.

The Carbon Trust advises businesses, governments and the public sector on low carbon policies and technologies. It also measures and certifies the environmental footprint of organisations, supply chains and products and develops and deploys low carbon technologies and solutions from energy efficiency to renewable power.   

More information

The YouGen guide to biomass

From the blog

A practical guide to biomass boilers for heating and hot water

The pros and cons of woodchip for a biomass boiler


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Tasha Kosviner

Tasha KosvinerComment left on: 18 September 2013 at 2:46 pm

Well spotted Mark! I've removed the word 'new' in response. The guide was published in the UK in January 2009. It's still very relevant and useful though so don't be put off by the date! 

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Mark Brown

Mark BrownComment left on: 18 September 2013 at 2:15 pm

Please correct me but the link to the "new guide" in this article is actually from 2008. Cathy, it is FIVE years old. Is this a mistake?

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