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Biomass Boilers Cost

What Is Biomass Energy and What Is the Cost of Biomass Boilers?

Biomass energy is considered a key to the future. Installation of biomass boilers is in constant growth in the UK market, both domestically and commercially. Private households, hotels, schools, hospitals, holiday cottages and land based business are just some of the examples where installation of biomass systems has made sense.

Most people are aware of all the advantages of biomass systems, but do you know what the real costs when installing a biomass boiler are?

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The installation of a domestic biomass boiler in a residence costs about £12,000 which is about ten times higher than the installation price of gas or oil boiler systems. The primary costs of installation are one of the main reasons why the number of boiler sales is still not reaching its full potential.

The price range differs for automatic biomass boilers, where the wood fuel is fed automatically into the boiler, and manual biomass boilers where the fuel needs to be fed into the furnace by hand. Manual biomass boilers are cheaper, and their price is often below £7,000. Automatic biomass boilers can cost from £7,000 to £13,000.

Commercial biomass boilers are even more costly, and for instance, a large hospital would need to invest approximately £400,000 in order to provide both heating and hot water just by using a biomass system.

When calculating the total cost of the biomass system installation, it is important to take into consideration the costs of the fuel. In fact, wood pellets, which are the most common wood fuel for biomass boilers, typically cost between £150 and £200 per tonne. The average household in the UK requires approximately 11 tonnes of wood pellets per year, and if delivered in bulk, it may cost around £190 per tonne.


Payback Period and Savings

The Energy Saving Trust has calculated that the typical installation costs for a four-bedroom house will be between £14,000 and £19,000. The Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI), provides households with financial support between £2,000 and £3,500 a year for seven years which gives in a total rebate from £14,000 to £24,500, making a biomass boiler such as a pellet boiler an even more attractive investment.

If the house is switching from electricity to renewable biomass energy, there will be additional savings of £340-650 per year in energy bills. In case of switching from oil, savings can account between £335 to £470 or £25 to £80 for households switching from gas. Additionally, well-insulated households will benefit the most since their savings will be even higher.

Funding Options

The UK government supports the installation of renewable technologies through the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI). In order to be eligible to receive financial support, you need to be the owner of the renewable heating technology and own or occupy the property that it provides heat to.

Biomass systems which are designed to produce heat to cook food might not be eligible for financial support provided by the UK government. However, changes in Domestic RHI are planned for early 2015 and if approved by the Parliament, biomass stoves designed for space, hot water heating and cooking, might become eligible for the RHI scheme.

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