Biomass fuel can cost significantly less than fossil fuel. Look at the costs and implementation of a biomass heating system to see if it is suitable for your business.

Is your business suitable?

Biomass heating tends to be most suitable for:

  • Sites that have regular heating requirements throughout the year. For example: hotels, leisure centres, healthcare facilities and food processing locations.
  • Large sites. A biomass heating system often needs more space than an oil or gas alternative.

Practical considerations

Think about the space, equipment and labour required for biomass heating.

Staying energy-efficient

The energy hierarchy identifies ways to limit the energy demand of a project in a cost and resource efficient way. The key principles include:
 

  1. Reduce end-use energy demand through energy efficiency.

  2. Supply energy efficiently, ensuring that demand can be met in a cost-effective way.

  3. Use renewable and low-carbon technologies.

Getting started

Businesses should invest time and resources into planning and design stages. Organisations that do this will benefit from a smoother installation process.

It is important to appoint the appropriate professionals at all stages in your biomass heating system implementation. They are costly systems with complex designs.

Early communication with relevant stakeholders and professionals can save time and money. Contacts should include:

  • Fuel suppliers
  • Heating system designers
  • Boiler installers
  • Regulatory authorities
  • Neighbours
  • County council (if planning permission is needed)

Best practice guides for solid biomass

Principally intended for site or facility owners who are considering installing a biomass boiler system. It outlines how to project manage a biomass system from idea to commissioning. 

Principally intended for engineers, consultants and installers. This provides a guide to understand the technology of biomass boiler systems, good practice and technical issues.

Principally intended for users such as facilities, engineering and environmental managers, and technical maintenance staff. This provides a guide for the ongoing management of biomass systems.