Biomass Boilers

Biomass boilers in Scotland

Biomass boilers are becoming a popular choice of sustainable energy fuel in Scotland. They are an eco-friendly alternative to LPG, oil and electric heating systems. By switching to biomass you can cut your heating costs by up to a third and make a profit through the government Renewable Heat Incentive scheme.

What is biomass? - Definition

biomass-boilers-scotland.jpgBiomass energy is defined as the burning of organic matter such as wood as an energy source. Biomass fuel normally comes in the form of wooden pellets, logs or wooden chips.

This is viable as a more environmently-friendly alternative to fossil fuels like coal because it is sustainable and can be regrown.

A biomass boiler uses this type of fuel for combustion therefore its emissions are carbon nuetral. Many people are now looking towards this type of renewable energy to improve their carbon footprint.

Why switch to a Biomass boiler?

Biomass boilers use wood pellet fuel derived from renewable, sustainable forests. For many people the option of living in a home powered by green energy is the primary reason for changing to a this type of heating. However with the cost of LPG, oil and electricity rising in recent years, more households are looking to the long term financial incentives of biofuel.

The advantages of  installing a biomass heating system include -

  • a significant reduction in energy costs
  • significant reduction in net carbon emissions when compared with fossil fuels.
  • access to the government Renewable Heat Incentive scheme

Renewable Heat Incentive

Eligible homeowners can benefit from a financial incentive  from the Government for generating their own heat through the Renewable Heat Incentive. It is worth noting that it is lcurrently slightly more expensive to heat your home with a new gas condensing boiler or an oil boiler so the only incentive in converting from these types would be through environmental considerations.

However if your current property is heated by coal, oil, LPG or electricity the annual financial savings generated can be substantial.The table below lists the savings per year for a standard 4 bedroom detached property with a biomass boiler installation.

Existing heating system  Savings (£/year) CO2 Savings Per year
Gas older (non-condensing) £205 to £225 4,500 to 6,900 kg
Gas new (condensing) £-60 to £-175 3,400 to 5,200 kg
Electric (old electric storage heaters) £550 to £990 9,100 to 15,300 kg
Electric (new storage heaters) £360 to £560 7,900 to 12,600 kg
Oil older (non-condensing) £-105 to £-215 5,500 to 8,300 kg
Oil new (condensing) £-245 to £-420 4,600 to 7,000 kg
LPG older (non-condensing) £725 to £1,065 5,300 to 8,000 kg
LPG new (condensing) £310 to £440 3,900 to 6,000 kg
Coal £355 to £555 10,000 to 15,700 kg

Biomass savings / losses per heating type. Figures measured at the
Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) rate as at 1st April - 30th June 2017
Energy Savings Trust - Biomass


Installing Biomass heating - FAQ's


How does biomass boilers work?

Biomass boilers are flexible heating systems which can be used as a stand alone system or in conjunction with other heating. They can be used to heat a single room (usually a stove) or to provide hot water and heat your radiators as part of a central heating system.

Is my property suitable?

Biomass energy can be installed in most properties but is particularly suited to larger rural properties. Before installation there are a few things to consider -

  • Do you have space? - Most  burners use automatic feeders which refill them at regular intervals. You will also need space to store pellets
  • Do you have access to a local biomass fuel supplier? Although some suppliers now deliver throughout the country

Biomass boilers and stoves produce very little ash compared with a regular log fire and many come with a self-cleaning facility. This means that maintenance is easy. For systems without self-cleaning you should ensure that it is kept free of ash but this is normally required on a weekly basis and does not need daily attention.

An annual safety and maintenance check is required. This includes cleaning the flue and chimney.

Do I need planning permission?
In most cases you will not need planning permission to install biomass technologies but it is always best to check. Any new system must comply with government building regulations for biomass.

Approved biomass installers

Our partners supply a wide variety of biomass technologies. If you would like free expert technical advice or a no obligation quote please use the form opposite to contact us.

A member of our team will be more than willing to discuss the options available to you. All installers are HIES accredited with many years experience in the renewable energy industry.

Areas in Scotland where we install Biomass Boilers

Ayrshire | Borders | Clackmannanshire | Dunbartonshire | Dumfriesshire | East Lothian | Edinburgh | Fife | Glasgow | Lanarkshire | Midlothian | Perthshire | Renfrewshire | Stirlingshire | West Lothian

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