Biomass Heating: What You Need to Know
Biomass Heating systems are a fantastic solution for those who are environmentally conscious. Biomass energy is a form of renewable energy which allows individuals to reduce their reliance on fossil fuels as it burns organic materials rather than traditional fuels. These may include wood sources such as wood logs, pellets or chips which are used in a wood-burning boiler to provide heat and hot water.
Types of Biomass Boilers
Most people believe that biomass boilers can only be used for large-scale, commercial purposes, however, this is not true. At KES Group, we offer a vast range of boilers suitable for both small and large buildings. These include compact 7kW models best suited to smaller residential properties to powerful 500kW boilers that can heat a large apartment block or factory. Our range of boilers also have various wood burning options available, allowing you to make the best choice for your property.
There are three types of biomass boilers available, these include:
Wood Chip Boilers; These systems are usually recommended for larger properties such as district heating systems or large commercial buildings. This is due to the fuel delivery costs and large storage needs which makes it inconvenient for many households. Read more about wood chip boilers here.
Wood Log Boilers; These systems are recommended to those who have waste wood on their property which they would like to put to good use. However, it is important to note that these logs need to be stored and seasoned for at least a year before they can be used as fuel. Wood log boilers require more maintenance in terms of cleaning and preparation but are the best choice for those supplying their own wood. Read more about wood log boilers here.
Wood Pellet Boilers; These systems are extremely popular with average-sized households as they are more compact than other biomass boilers. While they require more storage than regular boilers, pellet boilers are suitable for most homeowners as pellets are inexpensive and are easier to transport. Read more about wood pellet boilers here.
Benefits of Biomass Heating
Biomass heating is a great alternative to using fossil fuels as it is both an eco and wallet-friendly choice. As they are fuelled by wood – a readily available and renewable fuel source – biomass boilers offer significant reductions in heating costs. Using this heating system will also reduce your dependence on traditional fuels including gas, which are likely to increase in price and become more volatile due to global demand. Additionally, they require a lot less maintenance than a regular gas boiler. In comparison to annual gas boiler servicing, biomass heating systems simply require refuelling and the emptying of ash.
Biomass heating is also considered an environmentally friendly source of energy as it can be obtained quickly by replacing or growing new trees, rather than taking a significant amount of time to regenerate such as coal. As biomass materials are carbon-neutral, you will also reduce your carbon footprint when using a biomass boiler.
What Do I Need To Install a Biomass Boiler?
When making the decision to install a biomass boiler, it is important to ensure that you have sufficient space available. Usually, a garage will be big enough to house the boiler and its parts including an accumulation tank, fuel storage system, chimney and expansion vessel. If you don’t have a garage or similar sized space available, there are other solutions to consider such as building the plant internally. If you choose to do this, you will only need between 6 to 8 square metres available inside as the fuel will be stored externally. It is possible to build a shed in your garden for the system however, this would result in additional costs, such as an underground heat pipe, as the plant is located externally.
In addition to ensuring you have adequate space, there are other factors which should be considered before you choose to install a biomass system. These include:
- Ensuring you have a high chimney free of canopies
- Creating a backup plan in case the biomass boiler fails such as adding a backup fossil fuel boiler
- Ensuring the fuel store is easily accessible
KES Group is Ireland’s only supplier of the Austrian manufactured ETA biomass class-leading boilers. ETA boilers have a global reputation for performance and reliability, with over 10,000 boilers being shipped worldwide each year. To find out more about installing a biomass boiler in your home or workplace, contact us today.