A RENEWABLE FUEL THAT LITERALLY CAN GROW ON TREES AND CAN BE PRODUCED LOCALLY AND SUSTAINABLY.
Heating a single room using a wood burning stove – or a whole property using a wood-fuelled boiler – is known as biomass heating. Biomass can usually be integrated into a home’s existing heating and hot water system and can be an attractive option for households with a reliable wood supply, reasonable storage space and delivery access.
Wood (log, chip or pellet) fuelled boilers and stoves get close to being carbon neutral as the CO₂ released during burning is balanced by the amount absorbed during growth of the plant or tree. Modern stoves and boilers are typically 80-90% efficient because they are more controlled than open fires (where about 85% of heat is lost up the chimney). Important consciderations include type of fuel, how well it is dried and room for storage. Generally used as room heaters alongside a regular central heating system but can be fitted with back boilers to supply or top up hot water. If you’re in a smokeless zone (urban areas) check that the wood burning appliance you choose is approved for use.
2014 BGD homes with biomass heating system
For further information:
Advice - Centre for Alternative Technology
Advice - Centre for Sustaibable Energy
Advice - Energy Saving Trust
Trade Associations- Renewable Energy Association