Biomass News

Biomass News will keep you up to date with the latest information about biomass energy, biomass boilers, biomass stoves and any changes to the Renewable Heat Incentive scheme.  Whilst modern domestic biomass boilers and biomass stoves which qualify for Domestic RHI scheme tariff payments run on biomass wood pellet fuel, commercial biomass heating systems are being trialed to run on all manner of biomass fuel, including the seaweed, kelp.

Biomass boilers and the Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive

Biomass boilers and biomass stoves attract tariff payments from the Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive – Domestic RHI – which was launched by the UK Government in April 2014.  Domestic RHI is the first scheme of its kind in the world and is designed to encourage householders to install biomass boilers and biomass stoves.  This is done by making tariff payments for seven years based on the amount of renewable heat energy which their biomass boilers and biomass stoves generate.  Any changes to the Non-Domestic RHI scheme will appear in Biomass News but for the latest information please visit the Ofgem website.

Non-Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive

For commercial organisations, the Non-Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive was introduced in 2009.  The Non-Domestic RHI scheme makes tariff payments for 20 years and includes two types of biomass heating system.  Biomass boilers can be any size but they must be designed and installed to generate heat from solid biomass fuel only.  Biomass combustion heating systems are limited to 200 kWth and heat must be produced from pyrolysis, anaerobic digestion or gasification.

Biomass renewable energy is carbon neutral

Biomass boilers and biomass stoves burn biomass fuel which is considered to be carbon neutral because when burned, it releases the same amount of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere that was absorbed by the tree which was converted into biomass fuel.   Biomass heating systems have been used widely for decades in Austria, Denmark and Finland where forestry developments which are specifically for the production biomass fuel are both sustainable and renewable.

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