Biomass Boilers

Biomass BoilersBiomass heating boilers are designed to burn solid fuels classed as biomass. These boilers can be supplied to burn every form of biomass from woodchips, wood pellets, or logs to waste agricultural materials including:

  • Straw and grain husks
  • Olive kernels
  • Rice
  • Dust from any of the above
  • Sawdust

A Modern Boiler Alternative

Each boiler needs to be designed to burn specific materials, with any given unit able to burn a limited range of biomass. The systems come in a range of sizes and typically burn wood pellets, wood chips, or logs. Biomass boilers provide space heating and hot water for domestic, commercial, or industrial users. Modern and efficient, biomass heating systems are computer controlled, simple to maintain and operate, and increasingly popular throughout Europe and Scandinavia.

A biomass boiler is an ideal replacement for an existing boiler powered by LPG, gas, or oil. The main difference between biomass boilers and conventional boiler systems is the delivery of fuel. They work in a similar way to traditional boiler systems and are aslo:

  • Easy to clean and maintain
  • Reliable
  • Efficient
  • Environmentally friendlier
  • Good at reducing costs 

 Benefits of Biomass Boilers

  • Biomass is a sustainable fuel source if managed appropriately, e.g. sustainable replanting of trees is required.
  • Provided your biomass boilers is maintained properly, it should produce very little smoke. Poorly maintained boilers will burn less efficiently and increase your payback period.
  • Biomass is an ideal way to use up waste wood. Log or chip-based systems easily use waste wood with only a little preparation. You'll need a wood chipper that's capable of producing consistent biomass-grade fuel chips to suit your boiler: check with the boiler manufacturer for their requirements.
  • Biomass fuels are less prone to price increases than traditional fuels such as oil and gas.
  • You can reduce your CO2 output by around 9.5 tonnes per year if you replace a coal or electric heating system with biomass.

Why Should You Switch?

Making a decision to switch to biomass heating is a big moment for any business or household. At Devine Energy Ltd our mission is to ensure that we provide you with all of the information you need in an easy to follow manner to allow you to make the best choice for your specific requirements. We will guide you through each stage of the project planning process and take our ever-honest approach throughout, in terms of being realistic in our estimates of how much you will save and earn from your new biomass heating system.

Government Legislation

In March 2011, the UK government announced details of the Renewable Heat Incentive policy to revolutionise the way heat is generated and used. It heralded the first financial support scheme for renewable heat of its kind in the world.

The RHI scheme features size bands for renewable developments, which gives higher tariffs for smaller projects and enables all renewable energy projects to have similar returns on investment. The scheme guarantees regular payments for 20 years, and the income you gain is determined by the amount of renewable heat generated by your biomass boiler. The tariff rate is raised in line with inflation.

The table below summarises the latest tariffs on offer for each technology:

  Air Source
Heat Pump
Biomass Ground Source
Heat Pump
Solar Thermal
Tariff (p/k Wh renewable heat)

(Applications submitted between 1 Jan 2015 and 31 Mar 2015 incl.)

7.30 10.98 18.80 19.20
Tariff (p/k Wh renewable heat)

(Applications submitted between 1 April 2015 and 30 June 2015 incl.)

7.42 8.93 19.10 19.51

Tariff rates last updated - 27 February 2015

Devine Advice on Fuel Quality

We'll keep you informed of your options as part of our needs assessment. Fuel quality is an extremely important consideration when operating a biomass boiler system. Using poor quality fuel is one of the main reasons for boiler breakdowns, faults, fires, or poorly performing systems.

Contact Devine Energy to make an enquiry about biomass boilers, your fuel options, or any similar queries.