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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 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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                          Replacement of a Coal Fired Boiler with a Biomass Boiler

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                            Mr and Mrs Bligh approached Phaseline Renewables in the hope that they would be able to replace their old and costly coal fired boiler. After giving their expert advice and opinion to on the matter to the couple, they decided to opt for an OkoFEN 15Kw manual fill system.

                            Biomass Boilers in Domestic Properties

                            Biomass pellets are made using compressed dry sawdust or wood shreds. They are compressed under a high amount of pressure until the lignin softens and binds the material together. Pellets usually have a very low level of moisture, typically below 10% and a very high volume energy density. Because they are very clean to burn and flow easily into a system, they are ideal for domestic applications and schools. The pellets are also easy to store and don’t take up much room, so can easily be stored in outhouses, sheds or garages.

                            The biomass boiler was installed in their garage as they had sufficient room, with pipework going underneath their patio to the utility where the current boiler is. This worked well for them as the modern pipework almost eliminates heat loss, which ensures that the system remains efficient even though it was lagged from one room to another.

                            Manually Filled Pellet Boiler

                            The boiler is manually filled using 10kg bags of pellets which are delivered on one tonne loads of a pallet.  Mr and Mrs Bligh’s biomass boiler will require filling every 2-3 days in the winter months, but only every 2-3 weeks in the summer months, and will provide of their heating and hot water.

                            Saving Money on Fuel

                            Mr and Mrs Bligh are subsequently £3000 a year better off. They are saving a substantial amount on the fuel as they no longer need to use coal as a source of fuel, and they are also receiving money from the government led scheme the renewable heat incentive. The payments they receive from the renewable heat incentive are also tax free and index linked.

                            Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive Calculator

                            Why not use Phaseline’s renewable heat incentive calculator to see how much money you could save on fuel, and how much your biomass boiler system could generate for you? For a full survey and quotation to discover how biomass heating systems can reduce your fuel bills and earn you money, please contact Phaseline Renewables today on 0114 2945500 or email them at

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                              Green Heating Systems that Qualify for the Renewable Heat Incentive Scheme

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                                The initiative was launched in November 2012 for non-domestic properties, and since then a total of 7675 businesses have installed renewable heating technologies under the don-domestic scheme. The majority of these installations have been for small biomass boilers, which account for 87% of all measures fitted. When this figure includes medium and large biomass boilers, however, this technology accounts for 94% of total installations.

                                The payments available through the renewable heat incentive scheme for both non-domestic and commercial installations make renewable technology such as ground source heat pumps, air source heat pumps and biomass boilers attractive options.

                                According to the latest Government statistics, almost 22,000 households in the UK have now installed green heating systems that qualify for the renewable heat incentive scheme. The Department of Energy and Climate Change issued statistics recently that showed that there have been 21,932 accredited renewable heat incentive installations of technologies including heat pumps, solar thermal systems and biomass boilers.

                                The Renewable Heat Incentive

                                The renewable heat incentive is designed to promote the installation of a variety of renewable heat technologies. Households and businesses that install green heating systems are rewarded with financial payments from the renewable heat incentive through separate domestic and non-domestic renewable heat incentive schemes. Since it was officially launched in April 2014, 6,244 households have been accredited.

                                Biomass Boilers and Heat Pumps

                                According to the stats, of the 21,932 installations, 36% of the total accounts for air source heat pumps, biomass boilers claim 28% of accreditations, solar thermal technologies make up 21% of the market, and ground source heat pumps make up 15%.

                                Paul Thompson, head of policy at the Renewable Energy Association said “It is encouraging to see that not only has the 20,000-accreditations milestone been reached but the rate of uptake is rapidly increasing. This is hopefully a trend that will continue.”

                                Low Carbon, Affordable Heating

                                As biomass installers, Phaseline Renewables see these figures as incredibly encouraging and illustrative of the increased uptake in renewable heating technologies such as biomass boilers and heat pumps. There is obviously a big demand for low carbon, affordable heating in domestic properties throughout the UK, allowing people to move away from fossil fuels.

                                To find out how much you could earn from the RHI, why not try a renewable heat incentive calculator? To find out more about the payments that you can receive through the installation of renewable heating technologies and the Renewable Heat Incentive, please contact Phaseline Renewables on 0114 2945500 or email them

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                                  Wood Chip Biomass Boilers and the Renewable Heat Incentive

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                                    Wood chip biomass boilers are a low carbon option because the carbon dioxide emitted when the wood is burned is the same amount that was absorbed over the months and years that the plant or tree itself was growing. As long as new trees are planted in place of those used for fuel, the whole process is fully sustainable. Although there are some carbon emissions released by the cultivation, manufacture and transportation of the fuel, as long as it is sourced locally, they are much lower than the emissions created by fossil fuels.

                                    The Non-Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive

                                    The non-domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) helps businesses, public sector and non-profit organisations meet the cost of installing renewable heat technologies. Types of heating that qualify are heat pumps, deep geothermal, solar thermal collectors, biomethane and biogas, combined heat and power systems, and biomass boilers.

                                    If you are thinking of having a biomass boiler installed in a commercial environment, it is important to remember that it is essential to employ a qualified installer to ensure that your boiler is the appropriate size for your commercial property. It is also essential that your boiler is installed by an MCS (The Microgeneration Certification Scheme) accredited installer.

                                    Biomass Boiler in Leicester College

                                    A recent article in the Leicester Mercury reported how a community energy project at John Cleveland College in Hinkley had allowed them to install a biomass boiler. The college was previously spending over £200,000 on their annual energy bill from their old oil-fired system, but the new biomass boiler is set to save them nearly a quarter of that per year with a huge £45,000 saving.

                                    The college’s new biomass boiler provides heating by burning wood chips, which are cost effective and renewable. This means that they will be protected in the future from rising fuel prices, and they will be able to reduce their carbon emissions by approximately 250 tonnes a year. The principal of the college Paul Craven told the Leicester Mercury: “We are reducing the carbon footprint of the college by introducing this technology, which also provides an excellent opportunity for the students to study the science of renewable energy in more detail.”

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                                      Department of Energy and Climate Change Aim to Reduce Greenhouse Gas with Biomass Boilers

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                                        The installation and use of biomass boilers to provide heating and hot water to properties across the UK is a great way to increase the use of low-carbon technologies. Bioenergy is renewable energy made from biomass, which is organic material derived from plant or animal matter.

                                        According to the website, “Bioenergy has the potential to provide about 30% of the 2020 target through biofuels, biorefineries and the recovery of energy from the biomass portion of waste (including anaerobic digestion.) The Department of Energy and Climate Change supports the large-scale generation of biomass electricity through the Renewables Obligation. It also supports large- and small-scale generation of biomass heat through the Renewable Heat Incentive.

                                        Biomass Energy Helps Climate Change Aims

                                        The latest reports concerning the UK’s greenhouse gas emissions show that biomass energy could play a part in helping us to reach the 2050 climate change targets set out by the government. A recent paper claims that biomass heating could be a long-term, low carbon heating solution, and suggests that the UK government should go to greater lengths to support it. The paper claims that the government who see the low energy resource as limited should reconsider evaluating its role so that it could be a new sector for 2020 and beyond.

                                        The 2008 Climate Change Act was established by UK Government’s Department of Energy and Climate Change as the world’s first legally binding climate change target. The policy aims to reduce the UK’s greenhouse gas emissions by 80% by 2050, with a 20% reduction target set for 2020.

                                        Energy Efficient, Low Carbon

                                        The UK Government are trying to achieve this reduction through action at home and abroad. According to the website, “Moving to a more energy efficient, low-carbon economy will help us meet this target. It will also help the UK become less reliant on imported fossil fuels and less exposed to higher energy prices in the future.”

                                        Biomass Boiler Installers in Yorkshire and the UK

                                        If you would like to find out more about using sustainable fuel such as biomass, Phaseline Renewables offer free quotes and advice. Call them on 0114 294 5500, or email them at for more information about the domestic and commercial installation of biomass boilers.

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