Why consider a Biomass installation?
Renewable heat means greater energy security for the UK at a time when a “business-as-usual scenario” will leave the UK dependent on imports of 80% of our natural gas requirement by 2020.
The UK’s entire Renewable Energy Strategy, covering heat, electricity and transport is estimated to reduce fossil gas imports by 20-30% by 2020.
Biomass will play a major role in this reduction. The technologies involved are proven and available, and in most cases have been used for many years.
Cost Implications and Considerations
The Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI)
The great diversity of renewable heat technologies means that renewable heat can work in almost any situation, making it an attractive option for the 2 million homes off the gas grid, where heating options are more limited and significantly more costly.Renewable heat avoids emissions and costs associated with the generation of heat energy from fossil fuels. The increasing demand for sustainable wood fuel will also provide an incentive for active investment and management of UK woodlands, allowing for greater biodiversity.
Ambient technologies such as solar thermal are already popular, making up the great majority of micro-renewable installations in the UK today, and integrate easily into biomass systems.