The advantages of biomass heating
Whether you’re investigating heating solutions for a contemporary block of student flats or a conservative care home, there are many different options to consider. Biomass should be one of them. As gas and oil prices increase, more businesses are looking for an alternative heating choice that’s affordable and functional, leading to the amount of biomass heating plants rising.
What is biomass heating?
Biomass heating systems essentially generate heat from biomass – the energy that’s given through burning organic matter, such as wood. It’s a method that’s been used for centuries but with an increasing focus on sustainability, it’s an approach that’s gaining in popularity once again.
There are several different types of biomass heating systems, such as gasification, anaerobic digestions, and direct combustion, providing some flexibility for developers and facilities managers considering installing biomass to heat their property.
There are plenty of benefits to installing biomass heating across a range of buildings, chief amongst them are these five:
While wood might be the most common material used in the biomass process, there are many other options, such as crop waste and rubbish that would typically be sent to landfill. With the ability to grow new biomass fuel, there’s no finite limit on the amount available, as a result it’s considered renewable. While there are some concerns around land use, responsible, well-regulated industries can negate these worries.
When you compare the cost of biomass to fossil fuels, it’s a cheaper alternative – a fact that many businesses are sure to appreciate. Over the last few years the price of oil and gas has been rising, reflecting the upfront financial costs and finite resource of the materials. In contrast, biomass is relatively cheap to produce, which leads to a more affordable fuel for those that utilise it.
It’s widely available
You don’t have to worry about biomass being available in limited supply, as you may do with non-renewable alternatives. Biomass is accessible and convenient to find a supplier for across the world. It’s a natural resource that can be easily replenished through responsible use and management. From a business perspective, it gives you more options on where you can get your fuel from, leading to a competitive market.
It’s carbon neutral
If your business is wanting to show it’s sustainability efforts the fact that biomass is carbon neutral certainly gives you a reason to consider it. When burned, it’s estimated that biomass emits just a quarter of the carbon that fossil fuels do. When you factor in the amount of carbon that the plant materials absorb during their life cycle, the result is zero net carbon emissions.
It reduces landfill waste
Landfill waste is a huge issue across the world and while efforts to up recycling are having an impact, switching to biomass can be a positive step too. Products that would usually end up at landfill sites across the country can instead be used for biomass fuel. As well as residential waste, some business waste, such as those accumulated during food processing or within industry, can also be used to power biomass heating systems.