Getting the right biomass heating system is about much more than just choosing a good quality boiler. Naturally, it requires a thorough understanding of biomass heating technology, as well as general heating and plumbing systems.
Ultimately though, the solution needs to make good economic sense for the client and this often means striking a delicate balance between energy demand, project costs, fuel costs and incentives. While replacing all existing boilers with biomass heating alternatives is perfectly possible, it is not always the optimal solution and there are some situations where a biomass heating system just doesn’t make good financial sense.
Larger commercial, new-build and refurbishment M&E projects are serviced directly by our sister company Wood Energy Ltd. For these projects they provide a free biomass heating consultancy service.
Projects would typically be of a large and complex nature up to 10MWs and would be supported by their own in-house specialist technical engineering team. We have a range of detailed CAD drawings that encompass layout, connectivity and controllability of the boiler/s, Accumulator Tanks, the flue, the pipework and, where appropriate, district heat connections and Building Management Systems.
Fuel options and availability
Less Fuel. More Output (kWh). Higher RHI Payments.
Visit: www.chipchip.co.uk for more.
A Heat Meter Is A Bank Account – Make It Work.
Based on 55% ef ciency – real price of 5.7p per kWh.
Based on 65% efficiency – real price of 5.2p per kWh.
Based on 90% efficiency – real price of 4.02p per kWh.
Wood fuel quality is similar to the MPG of a car. The wetter the fuel – the less ‘mileage’ can be extracted and so more of it needs to be purchased. In simple terms, Fuel Consumption goes up.
Chip Chip – Getting the Best out of Biomass
Most people make sure they are getting the highest bank interest rates and are paying the lowest tax…
…but fewer people check their boiler performance to make sure its running at the highest efficiency.
Find out more at: www.chipchip.co.uk
What are the most important elements in wood chip
Over 90% of the variation in the average national retail prices of heating oil is explained by movements in the price of crude oil which in turn varies as a consequence of global events.
VAT is charged on heating oil at the reduced rate of 5% since 1997. There is no duty on heating oil, so price changes are solely driven by changes in the pre-tax price. The main elements of the price of heating oil are the price of crude, the exchange rate, the difference between the cost charged by re neries for heating oil and the cost of crude12 and the costs and margins of suppliers in the UK. The price of crude is the main element; however it needs to be converted into Sterling to re ect the cost of the raw material in the UK. There will also be a lag between headline market prices (normally for delivery the following month), prices paid in the UK by re neries and delivery to oil suppliers.
The price charged by refineries for petroleum products is not often the same as the price of crude. Most are more expensive but some, such as fuel oil, are cheaper. The differential re ects the different levels of demand for these fuels. There is limited exibility in the short to medium term in the amount of each type of product that can be re ned from a barrel of crude. This means their supply is effectively linked so an increase in demand for one product is normally linked to an increase in supply of all. This will, other factors remaining equal, increase the relative price of the in-demand products and reduces the price of others. This explains much of the seasonal variation in heating oil prices and why diesel is more expensive than petrol. The OFT found that for heating oil, there is a strong seasonal variation in demand, and after controlling for crude oil prices, retail prices do rise as temperature falls.
Industrial Fuel Price Trends 1992 to 2013
Average industrial electricity prices, including the Climate Change Levy (CCL), increased in real terms by 6.3 per cent between Q2 2013 and Q2 2014, whilst industrial gas prices including CCL decreased by 12 per cent in real terms. Over the same period, average coal prices increased by 2.0 per cent in real terms. Heavy Fuel Oil is not subject to CCL.
The inclusion of CCL increases the average price of coal by 5.3 per cent and the average price of electricity and gas by 2.8 and 3.5 per cent respectively in Q2 2014.
Once again, find out more at: www.chipchip.co.uk