Should I install a Biomass Boiler?
Before deciding to install a biomass heating system in your home, business, organisation or community, it is necessary to consider the large range of factors that have been highlighted in the section: Is a Biomass boiler suitable for my property?
The upfront cost of installing a biomass heating system may mean that if you are looking for an inexpensive way of becoming more energy efficient and saving on energy bills, other ways such as insulation could be more suitable.
There are however federal and state incentives available that can help reduce the cost of installation for both homes and businesses. The federal tax credit of 30% is available on biomass boilers and your state may also have additional credits and low cost loans.
In terms of carbon emission reduction, biomas it is certain that replacing your existing fossil fuel boiler will make a positive difference. As research figures show, switching to biomass can save up to 9 tons of carbon dioxide every year.
Moreover, the per kilowatt saving of wood fuel over certain fossil fuels is sizeable, especially if you are currently using electricity to heat your property. Wood chips cast just a few cents for each kWh produced.
If you are currently using oil, LPG or electricity to heat your property, a biomass boiler presents a sound long-term investment and is more economical and environmentally friendly.
Biomass Boiler Efficiency
Comparisons between various types of biomass boiler
Correctly installed and maintained biomass boilers tend to have an efficiency of around 80%-90%, which is significantly higher than many conventional fossil fuel boilers (especially older models).
The real variable when assessing efficiency is the type of biomass fuel that is used and, as noted here, certain boilers are better suited to specific fuel types. The key factors in assessing the energy efficiency of a specific fuel are its water content and density. The table below gives you a rough idea of the moisture contents and energy yield per tonne of various type of fuel.