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Agrics in Partnership with Biomass Boiler Supplier

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    Off grid major energy supplier, AvantiRenewables, recently announced a three-way partnership between Byworth Boilers, Janfire UK and themselves. Commercial steam biomass boilers manufacturers, Byworth Boilers, and Janfire UK provide Swedish burners and technology and AvantiRenewables who are a subdivision of AvantiGas, the off grid energy giant. This partnership aim to provide industrial biomass steam boilers to businesses without pushing their commitment of upfront capital whilst promising reduced CO2 emissions. Their holistic approach pools decades of operational knowledge, engineering expertise and resources from the three partnerships, providing complete biomass steam boiler packages to industries. They claim to facilitate high power cleaning, sterilisation and energy efficient heating.

    Biomass Steam Boilers Users

    Steam Boilers most common users are those in the field of agricultural. Farmers particularly appreciate steam boilers because of their capabilities for water heating which makes them the perfect heat source for keeping animal holding areas sanitary as well as safe. They are easy to maintain their heat so appropriate temperatures can be kept within cattle and poultry sheds. Steam Boilers are useful in that they are used in the food waste process and so are eco-friendly.

    Sheffield Biomass Boiler Installers

    Phaseline Renewables, Sheffield, are biomass boiler specialists and install them for commercial use. This qualifies you for the Non-Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI). They enable the provision of heating but also hot water, as well. Phaseline Renewables have experienced installers with biomass boilers with a strong focus on commercial customers, having previously managed large projects in various industries, including the agricultural sector.

    Biomass Vs Conventional Boilers

    Biomass boilers function in the same way as conventional gas, oil or LPG fired boilers which you may already be familiar with. The only big difference is that biomass boilers run off a sustainable, renewable energy source which is UK manufactured. Phaseline Renewables, installs biomass boilers which are able to run off a variety of different renewable and sustainable sources of energy. Thus includes log burning boilers, wood chip boilers, wood pellet boilers and straw bale boilers. These examples are all able to supply commercial premises with hot water and central heating with absolutely no issue. They are self-regulating relating to their own heat output which allows safe and efficient fuel burning to take place. Biomass boilers are eco-friendly owing to their automated feed system hopper, which allows biomass boilers to be just as user friendly and low maintenance as any conventional boiler you may have previously known eg. gas, oil or LPG.

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    If you are interested in biomass boilers or would like to find out more information about any of the above mentioned boiler types, contact Phaseline Renewables today for your free quotation. You could be saving a substantial amount on your fuel costs now. So, for more information about Phaseline Renewables and their biomass boiler installations at your commercial property, call Phaseline Renewables on 0114 2945500 or email them at

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      Hot Priced Dream Home

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        Hot Priced Dream Home

        The small village of Finchampstead, Berkshire, is home to a £4.35 million secret. Most houses in this area fetch a high price, but the owners of this spectacular mansion have really excelled themselves with this build. This beautifully finished, five bedroomed, detached home on the outskirts of Wokingham has had the old mixed beautifully with the new–where old and new meet internally and together, create something that can only be described as spectacular – with its fully audio controlled system linked to the owners i-Pad and/or i-Phone.   With its charming kitchen, study, drawing room and reception room all adding to its charm, this house certainly has lots to give, but it is the most modern part of the house that will really make you fall in love with this not so small part of Berkshire. Unbeknownst on arrival, a chocolate orange, leather-clad bar with tall orange bar stools, dim lighting and a fully stocked bar are waiting for you. What more could you possibly want within the comforts of your own home? But if drinking wasn’t to be your choice of activity, there is also an in-house cinema and games room to keep your family occupied, too, or take a stroll in the 5.7 acres of grounds, let the kids run free or play golf on the golf green. This property also comes with a triple garage to store his pride of joy – No, not his wife, the car!

        So, how do you keep a house like this warm? The entire house is heated by a biomass boiler and fuelled by dry compressed timber pellets.

        Why use biomass boilers?

        Biomass boilers provide hot water and central heating for your home and can be installed to replace any type of existing boiler. They run off a renewable, sustainable product manufactured here in the UK but run the same way as conventional gas, oil or LPG fired boilers. Phaseline Renewables can install log burning boilers, wood chip boilers, wood pellet boilers (as describe in the featured story) and straw bale boilers in your home. Biomass boilers modulate their heat output, allowing the safe and efficient burning of fuel without using fossil fuels eg. oil. Thus making them vastly more energy efficient. Like conventional boilers, they are user friendly and low maintenance, but best of all, they could save you a substantial amount on your fuel costs.

        The benefits of biomass boilers continue as you would also qualify for Renewable Heat Incentive and they are becoming a highly competitive form of financial investment, although for this to happen they must be installed by a qualified installer with a Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS) accreditation. Phaseline Renewables plumbers are all fully trained and MCS accredited to fit your new biomass boiler safely, effectively and competitively and have decades of experience in fitting a range of plumbing and heating systems.

        Enter a New Heating Phase with Phaseline Renewables

        To find out more about biomass boilers, or would like a free quotation, contact us today. With the installation of a domestic biomass boiler, you are entitled to payments through the Renewable Heat Incentive, and could also save a substantial amount on your fuel costs.

        For more information about having a biomass boiler installed in your home, call Phaseline Renewables on 0114 2945500 or email us at

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          Assessment of Renewable Energy Technologies Confirms Biomass Boilers Great Investment

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            According to the latest news from, an assessment has been carried out by the property consultancy firm Carter Jonas, whose specialist energy team looked into the investor returns from a number of technologies. The results have been published in their annual Energy Index 2015, taking into account wind, solar photovoltaic, biomass boiler heating, anaerobic digestion, hydroelectric and ground source heat pumps.

            It has taken into account factors such as development costs, value versus development costs, planning approval, development timescale and Internal Rate of Return (IRR). It has also considered the recent Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC)’s proposals to remove support for on-shore wind and solar farms under the Renewable Obligation (RO) from April 2016.

            The Renewable Heat Incentive

            When it comes to getting the best investment from the Renewable Heat Incentive scheme, there are several renewable energy projects that do offer significant investment opportunities. Bill Gates has recently announced a $2 billion investment in green technology and research, and The National Trust has recently announced a £30 million investment in renewable energy to heat and power a number of historical buildings under their care.

            The head of energy and marine at Carter Jonas, Andrew Watkin said: “The UK has a fantastic pool of natural resources and we continue to call for the Government to get behind the renewable sector. Our research has identified the most attractive renewable technology opportunities available, at the present time, according to key investment factors.”

            Ranking number one as the most attractive technology from an investment perspective is a 50kW PV rooftop project. Biomass boilers have been ranked second. Despite cuts to the Renewable Heat Incentive, it biomass boilers are still an incredibly attractive investment, especially when a system greater than 200kW is installed in a commercial application. It also makes a very good investment opportunity for properties off the gas grid.

            Biomass Boilers Sheffield and Yorkshire

            A domestic or commercial biomass boiler installation will mean that your business or home will be entitled to payments from the Renewable Heat Incentive, and could also save you a substantial amount on your fuel costs. For more information about having a biomass boiler installed in your commercial property or domestic home, call Phaseline Renewables on 0114 2945500 or email us at

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              Biomass Boiler Installations – Here’s what you Need to Know

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                As experts in the process of biomass boiler installation, we are often asked questions regarding biomass boilers and the installation process. Here are a few of the more common frequently asked questions that we encounter and answers to them.

                Do I Need Planning Permission for a Biomass Boiler?

                In most cases you won’t need planning permission to install a commercial or domestic biomass boiler. Occasionally the boiler flue may require planning permission depending on the capacity of the boiler and the height of the flue. However, Phaseline Renewables can advise you on this during our quotation.

                How do I Apply for the Renewable Heat Incentive and what is the Payback?

                We are MCS approved installers of biomass boilers, therefore our installation will qualify for the renewable heat incentive. We can help you to get all the paperwork ready that is needed to apply, making the process as easy as possible.

                The domestic RHI rate for biomass is 12.2p/kWh, paid over seven years.  This tariff rate means that domestic installations can qualify for anywhere between £2,000 and £10,000+ per year for seven years, meaning systems pay for themselves usually between 3 -4 years and go on to make substantial overall profits. The tariffs for the commercial RHI are based on pence/kWh of renewable heat delivered and vary with the technology and scale used. The commercial RHI rate for biomass is 8.6p/kWh up to 200kW, 5.0p/kWh for 200-1,000kW and 2.0p/kWh over 1,000kW, paid over twenty years.

                How Often will my Biomass Boiler Need to be Filled with Pellets?

                The frequency that your biomass boiler will need to be filled depends on the size of your system, heat demand, and whether you opt to have a hopper fitted or not. If you have a hopper then this will probably need filling once or twice year, and a delivery lorry can usually deliver load directly into your hopper. If you choose not to have a hopper and to fill the internal boiler hopper manually, then at peak demand you will probably have to refill the boiler every four to five days depending on your boiler and property size.

                How Long Will it Take to Install a Biomass Boiler in my Home or Business?

                The length of time that it will take to have a biomass boiler installed really depends upon how much of your existing heating system will need to be worked on. A domestic install will usually take 2-3 days, whereas a commercial install can take up to two months.

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                  Options for Biomass Boiler Installation for Commercial and Domestic Properties

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                    In essence, the process carried out in each different type of biomass system is the same, and involves burning biomass fuel in an enclosure with a restricted airflow. The heat generated can then be used to provide heat for the room it stands in (a stove) or, by heating water and pumping it through pipes to several rooms (a boiler). The process is incredibly versatile, and isn’t even limited to one property. For example, biomass boilers can provide heat to several buildings from the same boiler, otherwise known as district heating. When it comes to the installation of biomass boilers in both domestic and commercial properties, there are a variety of options that are available.

                    Straw Biomass Boilers

                    Straw boilers are a great option for commercial premises. In this case, the biomass boiler is filled with dried cereal, linseed, bean or rape straw. This can be very convenient for farm owners, for example, because they may have access to a regular straw supply, meaning they’ll save on their fuel costs. Substantial space is needed to store the straw bales, and care needs to be taken to ensure that the straw is weathered and dried correctly.

                    Log Burning Boilers

                    Another option for biomass boiler installation is a log burning boiler. These need to be filled by hand, therefore they require more work than pellet boilers. Logs should be loaded into the boiler at least once a day, and usually just one batch will be sufficient to heat the hot water cylinder in order to meet the hot water and heating requirements of a domestic property. Although a fair amount of fuel is needed to heat a whole house, logs are generally cheaper than biomass pellets, and very handy if you have a good supply in your local area.

                    Biomass Wood Pellet Boilers

                    Biomass pellet boilers use wood pellets as fuel, which are made up of compressed sawdust and wood shavings. Wood pellets are handy in domestic environments because they take up very little space compared to wood chip or logs, and they have a higher energy content.

                    The most common and easy to install choice for homeowners, pellet boilers are very convenient and require little maintenance. Biomass pellet boilers are available with either manual loading facilities, or automatic loading facilities. Automatic loading biomass boilers will refill the system automatically at regular intervals, and manual boilers are refilled by hand. Annual servicing is needed for pellet boilers, as well as regular ash removal to keep the system clean and running efficiently.

                    Biomass Installer Yorkshire

                    As biomass installers in Yorkshire, Phaseline Renewables are incredibly knowledgeable about the different options available to commercial properties and home owners.

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                      July 28th, 2015 at 3:33 am

                      National Trust to Invest £30m in Renewable Energy Including Biomass Boilers

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                        The National Trust are set to make their largest ever investment in renewable energy, following the completion of five initial projects. The charity believes that this renewable energy programme will save it up to £4 million per year on energy costs. They will be investing £30 million in renewable energy for its historic sites, including biomass boilers. As biomass installers in Yorkshire, it’s great news that such a high profile charity are embracing renewable energy to help them save money on their energy costs.

                        Biomass Boiler Installation Replaces Oil

                        Ickworth House, in Suffolk, is another of the National Trust’s properties that has welcomed the installation of a biomass boiler. According to the East Anglian Daily Times, the installation will replace an old oil boiler which was being fed by a 5,000 litre tank, roviding heating to the West Wing and Rotunda at the major visitor attraction.

                        The new biomass boiler will be fuelled by wood chips which are harvested in a sustainable manner from the estate’s woodlands. The biomass boiler itself will be housed safely in an existing 1960’s building which has been regenerated to help it blend in with the other historic buildings on the Ickworth Estate.

                        Biomass Boilers at Upton House

                        The conservation charity aim to gradually reduce their reliance on fossil fuels by cutting down on its energy usage by 20% and sourcing 50% of its energy from onsite renewable sources by 2020. The investment will involve over 40 new projects, including Upton House, where 2 biomass boilers have been installed. They also hope to provide another source of income for the charity by selling excess electricity generated back to the grid.

                        Renewable Technology for Historic Buildings

                        Rural Enterprises Director for the National Trust Patrick Begg said: “We have a responsibility to look after the special places in our care, requiring us to make long-term decisions that will protect them for future generations. Many of the properties in our care are energy intensive and in remote areas without access to mains gas. Installing renewable technology in these places is a huge challenge. For instance we found that connecting hydros to the grid is more complicated than we expected. We have learnt a great deal and we will continue to do so.”

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                          £20m Payouts from Domestic RHI for Renewable Heating Technologies Such as Biomass Boilers

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                            The domestic arm of the RHI launched in April 2014, and since then, the energy markets regulator said that it has paid out £20.7m to homes that have installed renewable heat technologies. The latest figures from Ofgem have revealed that nearly 33,000 homes have secured payments from the Renewable Heat Incentive for heat pumps, biomass boilers and solar thermal panels since the government launched the subsidy scheme.

                            Legacy Accreditations for the RHI

                            According to Ofgem, nearly one third of the total number of accreditations has been for homes that installed renewable heating technologies over the past year, and two thirds were for legacy accreditations. This means that the systems were commissioned after the government announced plans for the RHI July 2009, but hadn’t launched it yet. The legacy payments were designed to reward those consumers who installed renewable heat technologies without knowing if or when they would get the subsidy.

                            A Biomass Boiler as an Investment Opportunity

                            As installers of biomass boilers in Yorkshire, Phaseline Renewables are well aware of the investment opportunities associated with renewable heat technologies and the renewable heat incentive. We have installed a variety of domestic technologies from biomass boilers to heat pumps, which have all generated income from the scheme. The fact that nearly 33,000 homes have been accredited for the RHI since April 2014 is proof that the scheme is working well for thousands of homes throughout the UK.

                            Applications for the Renewable Heat Incentive

                            The figures released show that in the first quarter of 2015, the number of people applying for the renewable heat incentive increased by approximately 50%. Applications for the RHI reached a high of 6,000 in March, due to the fact that the legacy application window was about to close, and people were rushing to submit their forms. There was also a 20% reduction in biomass boiler payments after April 1st, meaning that people were keen to reap the maximum financial benefits while they could. Over 50% of the payments up until now have been allocated to biomass boilers, which equates to £11.2m. In addition, £5.5m to ground source heat pumps, £3.3m to air source heat pumps and £0.7m to solar thermal.

                            Biomass Boilers Yorkshire

                            As experts in biomass boilers Yorkshire, Phaseline Renewables are experienced installers of biomass systems that qualify for the renewable heat incentive in domestic premises. For more information, call us on 0114 294 5500 or email us at

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                              Biomass Boiler Installation Derby

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                                When you take into account the Renewable Heat Incentive payments and the fuel savings, the total financial generation from a biomass boiler over a number of years can be substantial.

                                Biomass Installers Sheffield

                                As professional biomass installers in Sheffield, Yorkshire and Derbyshire, Phaseline Renewables carried out a recent biomass installation for Mr and Mrs Smith in Derby. The couple had an old oil fired boiler that had seen better days; it was very old and really on its last legs. They replaced their old boiler with an OkoFEN PES56 45-56kw wood pellet biomass boiler.

                                Biomass Boiler With Bulk Hopper

                                For ease of automation, the Smiths opted for a 5-6.2 tonne bulk hopper to feed their biomass boiler so that they would not have to manually fill it themselves on a regular basis. This uses a vacuum transfer system to lift the pellets from the store in to the boiler, making it hassle free for the couple. OkoFen are a leading Austrian manufacturer of biomass boilers with an outstanding reputation for manufacturing pellet boilers.

                                Domestic Renewable Incentive

                                The idea of a biomass boiler installation caught their attention due to the rising cost of oil and the uncertainly of its cost in the future. Mr and Mrs Smith had also heard of the domestic renewable heat incentive, which would help to pay for the system and earn them money too. They saw the installation of the biomass boiler, therefore, as a fantastic investment opportunity, and were taken with the idea of regular financial payments from the RHI scheme. The biomass boiler now provides heating and hot water for the couple’s large detached barn property, which, due to its significant size, generates a healthy renewable heat incentive payment.

                                RHI Payments and Fuel Savings

                                The biomass boiler installation will see Mr and Mrs Smith £11,000 per year better off. This is due to the savings that they will make by not using oil, and paying for pellets to run the boiler instead, and payments that they will receive from the renewable heat incentive through the government scheme.  Over the course of 20 years, the couple will generate almost a 50% return on their initial investment.

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                                  Biomass Boilers for Farms: Bernard Matthews Install Biomass Boilers on 30 Farms

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                                    Bernard Matthews farms aims to be 100% green energy self-sufficient by 2016, and has raised a massive £100m in investment to generate energy and make us of the animal waste. Bernard Matthews hopes that they’ll eventually be able to use the waste to turn into pellets which can be used in the biomass boilers, although this plan is dependent on legislation.

                                    Biomass Boilers in 248 Sheds

                                    They have, however, been installing wind turbines, solar panels and biomass boilers. They have installed biomass boilers in 248 of its farm’s sheds. According to an article in the Guardian, the company have a “big green plan” which aims to heat the sheds that the turkeys live in and get rid of their waste.

                                    The farm has now installed biomass boilers in 30 farms, and one day hopes to make it possible to be able to burn turkey litter in the biomass boilers by converting it into pellets. This would mean that they would be able to recycle the 10,000 tonnes of turkey waste that they produce a year, and eliminate the need to buy biomass pellets.

                                    Biggest UK Biomass Project

                                    Bernard Matthews now have the biggest single biomass project in the United Kingdom with 229 155-199kw boilers, an anaerobic digestion plant, a £3.6m investment in energy efficient technologies in its factories and another 2MW biomass plant for a feed mill. It is also developing a second 500m³/hour anaerobic plant to supply gas to the national grid.

                                    Biomass Installers Yorkshire

                                    As biomass installers in Yorkshire, Phaseline Renewables think that Bernard Matthews are doing an incredible job of ensuring that their farms are as self sufficient as possible, embracing renewable energy and making a conscious effort to reduce their consumption of fossil fuel. According to the Guardian, their ambitions for the future are to be 100% self-sufficient in renewable green electricity by 2016, to send no waste to landfill, reduce the weight of packaging by a quarter, cut water use by 20% and be carbon neutral, all by 2020.

                                    The Renewable Heat Incentive

                                    A commercial biomass boiler installation means that your business will be entitled to payments from the Non-Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive, and could also save a substantial amount on your fuel costs. For more information about having a biomass boiler installed in your commercial property, call Phaseline Renewables on 0114 2945500 or email them at

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                                      Energy Saving Biomass Boilers for Farms and Rural Properties

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                                        The fuels used to power biomass boilers such as wood chip and wood pellets are far cheaper than traditional fossil fuels. If the farm is off grid, they may have been relying on oil or electricity to produce heat, therefore biomass fuels will be significantly cheaper. The farm itself may even be able to provide its own source of biomass fuel in the form of straw or wood, which will have the effect of cutting costs even further.

                                        Biomass Installers Yorkshire

                                        The installation of a biomass boiler is a really effective way of supplying your farm and farmhouse with a sustainable source of heating and hot water. As expert biomass installers in Yorkshire and Derbyshire, Phaseline Renewables are well aware of the advantages of farm biomass. From saving money on fuel coats, reducing dependency on fossil fuels and generating income from the renewable heat incentive, biomass boilers are a great choice for farms and rural properties.

                                        The Workings of a Biomass Boiler

                                        Biomass fuel in the form of logs, waste wood, straw or pellets is filled into a chamber, either manually or using a hopper, and an electric probe ignites the wood. The combustion of the biomass fuel is carefully monitored using a micro compressor and a thermometer, allowing adjustments to be made to the fuel supply and speed of the fan in accordance with the needs of the property. The burning of this biomass fuel creates hot gasses, which pass through the heat exchanger and allow the heat to be used in your central heating system.

                                        Payments from the Renewable Heat Incentive

                                        Upon the instalment of a biomass boiler, farmers will have access to the renewable heat incentive (RHI), which is government funded initiative that pays commercial and domestic users for their generation and use of renewable energy. This access to the RHI makes biomass boilers are a really attractive option for farmers, and the perfect alternative to fossil fuels.

                                        Commercial Biomass Boiler Installers

                                        There are lots of advantages to investing in biomass boilers for use on farms and in rural properties. As biomass installers, Phaseline Renewables think that farms who rely heavily on generating heat should consider the option of a commercial biomass boiler. Not only is it a positive step for the environment, it also has the potential of drawing in a significant income. Added to the savings made in fuel, biomass boiler installations for commercial farms in the UK have never been a more attractive prospect!

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