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How can I register as a self-supplier of biomass fuel for the RHI?

Posted by Cathy Debenham on 21 November 2014 at 8:58 am

Q: How and with whom does one register as a self-supplier of biomass material.

A: To register as a self-supplier of biomass material you need to register using this form on the website. You can download a detailed supplier question and answer document from the biomass suppliers list website. It covers all potential suppliers so there's lots of stuff in there that you won't need to wade through.

Some of the important bits are as follows:

The definition of a self-supplier is: RHI participants will be able to register on the Biomass Suppliers List (BSL) as a ‘self-supplier’ if their installation is less than 1MWth capacity, and if they source fuel (which they have the legal right to source, through ownership, rental or other relevant arrangement) from the same Estate as the boiler. Self-suppliers will also be able to source waste woodfuel from outside their Estate for use in their installation.

The definition of "estate" is as follows: For the purposes of self-supply in the BSL, an Estate comprises the buildings and supporting land and woods that is owned by, or has the legal rights to source woodfuel (for example through a rental agreement) by, one person, a family, an organisation, a single farm business or a commercial business. The land and buildings may or may not be contiguous but should be within reasonable distance of the boiler. A reasonable distance is defined as follows: the biomass source must be within 50 miles of the boiler.

To register, you must be a participant in the renewable heat incentive, or be planning to apply, and have a boiler that generates less than 1MW. You will need evidence that you can self-supply your own fuel (such as a woodland management plan), and information on where you get your fuel from.

Waste wood fuel includes used wood and industry by-products but not primary processing co products.

The rules recognise that occasionally a self-supplier may be forced to source raw material and produce their own fuel.  In such circumstance, to remain BSL (Biomass Suppliers List) compliant and RHI-eligible, the self-supplier must contact the BSL Administrator as soon as they are aware of the potential issue, to request guidance.

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biorenewComment left on: 19 June 2016 at 4:49 pm

Paid to receive your feedstock. Then paid when you sell it. Share on LinkedIn Share on Facebook Share on Twitter

Win.  Win.  How can you lose? Sewage sludge is a very useful product in Waste to Energy.  PSP (Processed Sewage Pellets)  Can be used for, but not limited to. Fermenting to produce Ethanol.  Pulp for papermaking.  Fertiliser.  Heat to Energy to produce electricity etc.  What is there not to like? "PSP is a carbon-neutral fuel made from the remnants of sewage treatment, and have a similar energy value to coal". PSP is made from sludge left after sewage treatment. Almost a million tonnes is generated in the UK each year. It is then further heat-treated, making it as harmless as garden soil. In some parts of the country, it is used as an agricultural fertiliser. PSP is already used as a fuel in cement-making in countries such as Spain, Austria, UK and France and has been used for six years at Lafarge's plant in Cauldon, Staffordshire. Industry estimates show that if all biosolids in the United States were converted into biomass energy, they would produce 7 million to 7.6 million megawatts of power. By way of comparison, the current installed capacity of wind power in the United States is around 43,000 MW.

Payments range for taking sewage sludge range from £10 per ton upwards. Another added advantage.  In the UK there is a 100% tax relief on investing in renewable Energy Technology.  So where is the investment? 

A facility to produce 10 ton per hour will cost £100,000  ROI as little as 50 weeks on a 50/50 split just on the gate fees (Money received from accepting the sewage).  From day one it will receive a minimum of £4,000 per week just for receiving the sewage sludge.  The sales of pellets/briquettes that are a alternative to wood pellets and far cheaper. Price of wood pellets range from £76 to £200 per ton.  These pellets/briquettes can also be mixed with: Agricultural/woodland waste. Food waste and packaging waste etc to design a purpose built fuel for use in any home/business or industry.  

The link is a comparioson of cost for other fuels used in homes:

This link is the uses for PSP (Processed Sewage Pellets) in industry:                  You will recognise some of the names.  Tarmac.  Scottish power.  Not the average man in the street.    

To sum up.  Paid to receive your raw materials.  Running cost of plant very low. Sale of pellets/briquettes.  100% tax relief.  Anyone interested in funding a plant? 



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