A Biomass boiler burns a specific type of fuel known a biomass. There are many forms of this fuel such as woodchips, wood pellets or logs, even agricultural waste like straw and grain husks, olive kernels, rice and the dust from any of these including sawdust. Boilers need to be specifically designed to burn certain materials & are generally limited to the type of biomass fuel they can be used with.
Biomass boilers offer an environmentally sound, heating solution. Burning biomass, such as wood pellets or logs, emits the same amount of carbon dioxide as is absorbed while the plants were growing. Therefore, biomass is classed as carbon-neutral renewable energy.
Biomass boilers burn biomass fuels extremely efficiently and use the heat produced to provide heating and hot water. They can also be more cost effective and efficient than fossil fuel boilers, especially in rural or off mains gas areas.
Can a biomass boiler be used my existing heating system?
Yes, quite simply although biomass boilers operate at a higher temperature than your average boiler, therefore the system may need to be adapted to suit by installing other equipment such as a plate heat exchanger.