The use of biomass fuel is on the rise in the U.K. Instead of conventional central heating, more and more homes are switching to using wood fuel burning stoves to heat their homes, some going as far as using back boilers to additionally heat their water.
Biomass fuel use been steadily increasing in the U.K for the last 20 years and is set to carrying increasing, especially as gas and electricity prices continue to rise.
Wood-based biomass fuel has many benefits, such as:
- Emissions – For the most part, there are no harmful emissions from burning biomass fuel. Carbon dioxide emissions are minimal compared to conventional fossil fuels and other harmful gases present in oil and gas burning are absent.
- Incentivised Energy – The Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) gives businesses and industry a financial incentive to use renewable energy to heat their buildings. Furthermore, as of 9th April this year, residential homes are now included in the RHI. For the domestic scheme, homeowners can recoup 12.2p/kWh when using biomass-only boilers to heat their homes.
- Reduction in fossil-fuel dependent energy production - Reduction in the use of fossil fuels is currently one of the environment’s hot topics and switching dependence to an alternative source is most certainly a step in the right direction.
- Very much a renewable source – Biomass fuels are everywhere and are easy to grow, unlike fossil fuels of which there is only a limited supply. Some biofuels, such as wood pellets, are even made from off-cuts and otherwise unused wood shavings, so no extra effort is needed to grow them.
- Reduces pressure on landfills – Some waste going to landfill can be used as bio-fuel and can be burnt accordingly. Th amount of waste going to landfill will also be reduce as solid waste from burning biomass is significantly less than with conventional fossil fuels.