Renewable Energy Boilers and the Benefits of Biomass

Article by Richard Clique

With the UK Government’s Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) offering enticing advantages to those willing to invest in environmentally-friendly forms of heating, this could be the perfect time to become part of the renewable energy club. The technology is still developing, but early adopters will benefit from payment incentives as a reward for helping to iron out any potential problems with green energy generators. As the Government decides how to best implement this ‘off-the-grid’ approach to energy production, your household could benefit from money-saving, environmentally-ethical sources of renewable energy, such as solar panels and biomass boilers.

With such incentives in place, the dream of money-saving energy sources and a flourishing low carbon economy doesn’t seem like such a huge undertaking. By 2050, the Government aims to reduce the UK’s emissions by 80%, but according to the RHI guidelines published in 2011, only one per cent of heat in homes currently comes from renewable energy sources. This only refers to the domestic sector, as it goes without saying that a fair proportion of carbon emissions are produced by the commercial and industrial sectors. Still, most of us benefit from household heating derived from fossil fuels – a necessity that is nonetheless putting a significant strain on our non-renewable energy sources.

Most of the published literature on renewable energy focuses on solar energy. Solar panels are relatively easy to install and provide a cheap and effective means of household heating. Generally, these are used to supplement the gas that is already used to heat water for the home, and thus don’t provide a truly renewable energy source. Biomass boilers, on the other hand, can provide heating for the entire house. Many types of biomass boiler can be installed in the living space, acting as an attractive focal point for the modern living room – much like a contemporary reimagining of the traditional wood-burning fire or stove.

Most biomass boilers burn wood pellets, which are created by compressing shredded wood under high pressure. This creates densely-packed pellets that have an energy density that is typically three to four times that of wood chips, owing to their low moisture content and highly compressed structure. Good quality pellets will provide hours of uninterrupted hot water and burn more cleanly than standard wood.

That is probably the main problem with biomass boilers, however. Whilst other low-carbon renewable energy sources such as solar energy produce little to no emissions, biomass boilers will emit a certain amount of particle pollution into the atmosphere. Compared to traditional energy sources though, biomass accounts for only a tiny proportion of all particulate emissions in the UK. Obviously this will increase as the adoption of biomass-burning renewable energy sources grows, but the use of air filters can reduce the amount of harmful particles released by a significant proportion.

The real beauty of biomass lies in its use as a potential supplement to other renewable energy sources in the home. Combined with the use of solar panels, biomass boilers can act as an eminently reliable source of energy that can be used as necessary. And the best part of the renewable energy equation? Excess energy can be sold back to local energy companies – nothing goes to waste.

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“Benefits of Renewable Energy”

Article by Anthony Parker

With modern day concern that global warming is for real there is an increasing demand by business and householders for information on the renewable energy options that are available. This review looks at the different types of renewable energy options and advises on what may be the best for most peoples needs.

Renewable energy can be described as a form of sustainable energy that is a product of the earth’s natural environment. Any source of energy that can provide an ongoing flow and/or be replaced by nature falls into the category of renewable energy. Where as fossil fuels are in limited or finite supply, the supply of renewable energy will never be totally exhausted. The various sources of renewable energy include solar, wind, water, biomass, wood waste, geothermal, photovoltaic, and solar thermal energy.

Energy is such an essential requirement of our daily lives that we all have to take it seriously. Energy is needed to provide lighting, heating, air conditioning, cooking, transport and to power all the technologies in the family home or business premises. The benefits of renewable energy can make a real contribution in most of these areas of energy usage.

Perhaps the greatest benefit of renewable energy is the potential for it to provide clean sources of power generation that is also affordable for both home owners and businesses. Secondly, in the case of solar energy, the maintenance required is low as cleaning of the panels is low cost and relatively easy. Businesses benefit from a clean energy image that renewable presents through its ability to reduce pollution and have a positive effect on the environment. Home owners can benefit from such renewable energy concepts as solar powered lighting for walkways and solar covers on swimming pools.

While particularly in countries with strong sunlight, solar hot water systems are great for a cleaner low cost water heating system. Furthermore, in many areas of the world governments now offer generous rebates for solar energy installations and power generators will often agree to buy excess power from households with their own solar electricity installations. The “benefits of renewable energy” are real.

Many people considering a renewable energy installation may wonder whether to choose solar or wind energy. In the case of businesses, urban locations have a number of problems for wind energy:

- Lack of wind speed

- Council or planning restrictions; and

- Buildings not designed to withstand the level of vibration that wind turbines can cause.

- Suburban and inner city homes face similar problems with wind energy:

- Government planning restrictions

- The unreliability of urban wind speeds and consistency; and

- Structural problems with attachment of wind turbines to a home.

As a result, solar energy through the use of solar panels would be the best option for businesses and home owners alike.

As more people decide to take the initiative and do something to contribute to a greener future, a home with green energy will become a big advantage when selling. International surveys indicate that buyers will pay up to a minimum of 5 per cent more for a home with solar/renewable energy compared to a low energy assessment rating. This is because energy pricing is becoming a real consideration in all areas of construction. This is yet another reason to consider the “benefits of renewable energy” option.

About the Author

I have a background in business as well as having worked for a boss in various employment from politics to the civil service. I am currently involved in a consultancy where I advise on business start-ups in the renewable energy and building sectors.

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