Biomass technologies

Zero Carbon (LZC) technologies

Biomass boilers are an excellent way to provide controllable heat with low carbon emissions. Of all the Low or Zero Carbon (LZC) technologies, woodchip and wood pellet boilers have some of the lowest initial capital costs per tonne of carbon dioxide (CO2) saved.

There are many technology and fuel storage options for biomass systems but for most sites with a significant heat demand it is possible to make substantial carbon savings. The underlying principle is that carbon dioxide (CO2) is absorbed from the atmosphere when a tree is growing and then the same amount is released when the wood is burnt. Due to the relatively short duration of the cycle this is considered 'carbon neutral'.

Biomass boiler

Our experience at Redcotec is that the most successful biomass projects take account of a number of factors that do not generally need to be considered in such detail for gas and oil installations. Fuel quality, fuel handling and boiler load profiles in particular require more careful analysis.

Our Biomass Feasibility Study is designed get you the answers to all the important questions before you commit significant sums of money to a biomass project.

Redcotec approach

We want to help you install an exemplar system - not create a long term headache. A little care and some expert guidance at the beginning of the project can make all the difference.

Biomass integration with existing systems

At Redcotec we make allowance for all of the relevant factors to provide you with the optimal solution rather than simply try to sell you the biggest (and most expensive) boiler possible. Commissioning a Biomass Feasibility Study will enable you to clearly understand the pros and cons of various biomass schemes and how they can be most easily integrated with your existing (or planned) energy systems.

Redcotec is very happy to provide an outline system specification and assist in selecting reliable fuel and equipment suppliers. We can also act as your 'Client's Engineer' to ensure that all stages of your project proceed smoothly and that the system 'does what it says on the tin' in terms of heat output and carbon savings.

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Training courses

RHI Metering Reports

Redcotec is able to provide the Independent Report on Metering Arrangements (IRMA) that enables you to successfully claim the RHI for larger projects. We offer technical support and can prepare all the system drawings and other information required by Ofgem. Our aim is always to make the whole process as quick and simple as possible.

» RHI Metering Reports

Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI)

  • Government scheme for renewable heat
  • Introduced July 2011
  • Similar to feed-in-tariff for electricity
  • Dramatically reduces running costs
  • Boosts financial returns

» What is the RHI?

Biomass feasibility studies

  • Current or predicted energy use
  • Existing energy systems
  • Building seasonal heat losses
  • Boiler selection
  • Fuel source and prices
  • Maintenance issues
  • Fuel delivery and storage
  • Security of heat supply
  • Potential efficiency savings

For more information about our biomass feasibility studies call and speak to one of our experienced engineers today 01223 967360.

Fuel emission factors

Fuel kg CO2/kWh
Coal 0.35
Oil 0.28
Gas 0.19
Woodchip 0.025

Training courses

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