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Choosing Biomass as a heating solution requires careful consideration for a number of reasons irstly is it sustainable? uilding with and subsequently locking up the embodied carbon for 60 plus years is far better than releasing it into the atmosphereo what makes biomass sustainable? Scale is the key, building biomass power stations and importing stock from around the world and using UK wood destined for sheet material production (for example OSB in Scotland) to generate electrical power relatively inefficient once you allow for grid loses isn’t that sustainable. domestic scale heating at the point of use and located in areas near woodland can help stimulate micro businesses managing woodland that might have been uneconomic without the demand for logs. The production of pellets & chip from wood waste could also be putting recycled timber to good use.
Wood fired heating of an autonomous house can be sustainable if the fuel is harvested on site, assuming the house is low energy the burner is active (over 90% efficient). This in combination with on site electrical generation by wind, solar PV, hydro etc would eliminate the need for importing energy to site and is probably the ambition of many eco-self sufficiency people such as me! But the real key is limit the need ake sure your building is as energy efficient as possible, ideally to passive house (Passiv Haus) standards f you can then your heat load & running costs through the year will be minimal. Putting a biomass boiler into a typical semi-detached house in town and buying ready dried logs will cost more to run than a condensing boiler and take up time every day in loading, so it certainly doesn’t suit everyone and every location. It is best suited to remote housing farms and small businesses near woodland. A perfect example is Kent where there are many acres of chestnut coppice which have been uneconomic to manage since the downturn in the wood pulp market following the closure of large paper mills. Managing chestnut coppice is now becoming more viable with an increase in use of wood fired heating.
The biomass industry uses the terms biomass boilers & biomass burners; the technical difference is that a boiler is like a gas boiler, which is a remote unit that generates heat for a heatiing system but does not emit a lot of heat in its location. A biomass burner is generally considered to be a wood burner with back boiler generating heat in its location and providing heat for heating and water. Both types can be used to heat thermal stores.
For optimal use, you also need a Thermal Storage Tank so that the hot water you produce from whichever boiler you choose can be stored for later use. You also need to think about where you are going to install the Thermal Storage Tank and how you are going to get them into the area as they can be wider than a normal door opening.