FAQs - Biomass Boiler Systems

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Why should I think about renewable energy boiler now?

CO2 emissions are a major cause for concern; fossil fuels won’t last forever and utility bills are rising.

The Government is incentivising renewable energy heating systems and has a payment system in place to reward renewable energy solutions. Biomass boilers may qualify for a one off subsidy – a  Renewable Heat Premium Payment – from the Government if your installation takes place before the end of March 2012.

From autumn 2012 you may be eligible for regular Renewable Heat Incentive payments if your biomass system is put in place by  a micro-generation certified installer. 
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Can I use a biomass boiler to heat radiators and underfloor heating?

Wood fuel is one of the best renewable energy technologies for heating. Modern, highly efficient biomass boilers and stoves are capable of heating your whole home and work very well with radiators and underfloor heating. You have a choice of fuel including logs, wood pellets, wood chips and grain.

Do biomass boilers release harmful emissions?

Unlike oil and coal which release pollutants into the atmosphere when burnt, biomass boilers burn cleanly and only produce a small amount of ash.  Unlike coal ash, clean wood ash is an excellent fertiliser and can be used in the garden or returned to the forest. Modern appliances burn very cleanly with minimal smoke.

Do biomass boilers smoke or smell?

Generally, no they don’t. ‘Smoke’ coming out of the flue is more likely to be water vapour when the boiler is initially fired up; once burning properly the boilers exhaust gases are clear.

Do pellet boilers make a noise?

You do get a noise from the auger that feeds the combustion chamber with pellets from the hopper. This sounds like a quiet mechanical whirr and therefore the boiler should ideally not be situated in a living area, but in an outbuilding or utility room where the noise will not be noticeable.  

Will I qualify for any grants or incentive payments?

The Government no longer offers grants for renewable energy solutions, though it is always worth checking with your local authority about local initiatives or bulk buying possibilities through local green groups.

The Government does however have a payment system in place to reward renewable energy solutions. Biomass boilers may qualify for a one off subsidy – a  Renewable Heat Premium Payment – from the Government if your installation takes place before the end of March 2012.  

From autumn 2012 you may be eligible for regular Renewable Heat Incentive payments if your biomass system is put in place by  a micro-generation certified installer.

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