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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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                  £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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                              Reduce Carbon Emissions from your Home with an Air Source Heat Pump

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                                As installers of air source heat pumps in Yorkshire and throughout the UK, Phaseline Renewables know that there are many great reasons to think about having an air source heat pump installed in your home, both financial and environmental.

                                Carbon Emission Savings

                                Depending on which fuel you are replacing, you reduce your carbon emissions considerably by installing an air source heat pump. The carbon emission savings can be as high as 3 to 10 tonnes per year. As air source heat pumps take approximately a quarter of the amount of energy to produce the same level of heat for the building, their use reduces the pressure on fossil fuel stores. And if a renewable source of electricity is used to power them, they do not produce any carbon emissions at all!

                                Air as a Fuel

                                Unlike boilers that require gas to run, or heating powered by electricity, the primary fuel used for air source heat pumps is air. Burning fossil fuels to provide your home with heating and hot water creates carbon dioxide, which is bad for the environment because it adds to the green house effect, which has an impact on global climate temperature. Air, on the other hand, is freely available and can be used to create energy with no negative impact on the environment.

                                Climate Change Targets

                                The installation of an air source heat pump will contribute to the UK’s 2050 target to reduce the UK’s greenhouse gas emissions by at least 80% by 2050. This legally binding climate change target has been put in place to help the UK become less reliant on imported fossil fuels and less exposed to higher energy prices in the future. Low-carbon technologies such as air source heat pumps will make an important contribution to the greenhouse gas reduction targets.

                                Air Source Heat Pumps RHI Payments

                                In addition to environmental benefits, there are also significant financial benefits to the installation of an air source heat pump in your home. You may be able to receive substantial regular payments for the heat you generate using an air source heat pump through the Renewable Heat Incentive. This scheme offers homeowners a financial reward for installing renewable heat technologies such as air source heat pumps.


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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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