Biomass is a generic term used to describe material that is derived from living or recently living organisms. In fuel terms, Biomass is plant matter which can be converted into heat by combustion. For the domestic market in the UK, the main raw material for Biomass fuels is Wood. The importance of Biomass as a fuel lies in its status as being classified as low carbon or carbon neutral.
Carbon neutral fuels such as wood and Biomass operate in a closed carbon cycle. The growing tree absorbs CO2 from the atmosphere using sunlight in the process known as Photosynthesis. When the tree matures and is cut down for use as a fuel CO2 is released back into the atmosphere during combustion. Provided additional trees are planted to replace the ones cut down then the CO2 released can be re-absorbed by these new tress as they grow. Sufficient replanting to replace trees cut down for fuel is described as being sustainable.
Put simply, Biomass takes carbon out of the atmosphere while it is growing, and returns it as it is burned. Biomass appliances can qualify for the government’s RHI scheme click here to find out more
At the time of writing, the UK government is suggesting consumers receiving RHI funding will have to prove their fuel is sourced from a sustainable source and that the fuel meets the specification requirements of the boiler. Fuel suppliers achieving the ‘Woodsure Plus’ quality scheme will be able to provide that evidence of sustainability and fuel quality to its RHI customers.
For domestic appliances please click here to visit our Pellet Stoves section. Make sure you follow the manufacturer’s recommendation for the type, quality and size of pellets. The RHI is not available on dry pellet installation.
Please click here for commercial appliances and installations. Please check to make sure if the RHI scheme is available.