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Using renewable energies to power your business more efficiently

From solar panels and biomass heating, meet the small businesses using green energy alternatives

There are very few questions facing an SME that could be considered ‘no brainers’, but investment in renewables is one.

A business investing in renewables gets paid for every kilowatt hour (kWh) of energy it generates, even if it uses that energy. According to renewables consultancy Dulas, every kWh produced through renewables is roughly equivalent to a saving of half a tonne of greenhouse gases every year.

James Cass, business development manager at Dulas, points out that most businesses are surprised to hear the good news about renewables, which makes them appear too good to be true.

“You can invest in solar or biomass to generate electricity or heat from a purely environmental standpoint because they’re renewable and it’s a great thing to do,” he says.

“From the perspective of the bottom line, though, it’s the simplest decision going. For electricity, you’ll get paid 13p for every kWh of solar energy you produce, even if you use it. So you save at least that again on energy you’re not buying from your provider. Then, say it’s the weekend or a bank holiday, and you’re producing but not using any, you can get just under 5p per kWh you export back from the national grid.”

It is a similar arrangement with biomass burners which create heat through burning pellets of wood taken from responsibly managed woodland. Through the Renewable Heat Incentive companies get paidjust under 9p for every KwH of heat energy they produce for the first 1,314 hours of each year, and thereafter around 2p.

Halving bills

Paul Williams, production manager at Y Lolfa printing company, was left scratching his head when he heard about the deals, which are guaranteed for 20 years with automatic annual inflation increases. The printing and publishing company is a heavy electricity user and was looking for a way to reduce bills and be greener.

“We had a few meetings where we were looking for the catch,” he recalls. “We’re very glad we went with it because we now produce about a quarter of our electricity needs from our solar panels. We get paid to produce it, even though we’re using it, and we get the same saving again in power we’re not having to buy. It’s effectively halved our bills.

“The panels only need daylight to generate electricity, although the brighter the day, the more electricity they produce. They’re forecasted to pay for themselves after seven years but we’re guaranteed our feed-in tariff for 20. It’s such a no brainer, we’re having a biomass heating system put in as well.”

The decision was made all the easier for the company having had the £70,000 required for a 27 kWh array in the bank where it was earning virtually no interest. Invested in the roof, the capital is making a positive impact of around £13,000 per year in energy savings and energy income.

Eco comfort

Biomass has made a huge positive impact at the Battlesteads Hotel in Hexham, Northumberland. It had been reliant on electricity but now a new biomass boiler has reduced consumption by half and ensured rooms are warm and showers have piping hot water all day.

“People sometimes think that going green is about putting on an extra jumper and grinning and bearing it, but we’re proof it can actually mean extra comfort,” says hotel owner Richard Slade.

“We investigated green electricity but couldn’t find a supplier who could meet all our needs so we had to look at alternative methods to ensure we could provide extra comfort while being carbon neutral. The wood pellets we use come from just a couple of miles down the road and they’re responsibly grown so there’s virtually no carbon impact. It’s a lot cheaper to produce heat this way than through electricity, and we’re paid to produce it.”

There are, of course, a couple of provisos to solar and biomass. SMEs need to own their building or have a long-term lease in place to get permission to put panels on the roof and to make the investment worthwhile. With biomass, companies need to be set up to receive deliveries of wood chips.

Wind power shares the same advantages of being both green and earning a subsidy but for most SMEs it is only a theoretical option. Getting planning permission can be problematic and turbines need to be sited in windy areas, a good distance away from buildings. Hence, it is only a real alternative for businesses with many acres to spare and so, among SMEs, is typically the preserve of farmers.

Gas power

For those who cannot get access to a roof, such as the Anne Veckhairdressing salon in Oxford, there is an alternative that still qualifies for the government’s feed-in tariff. Salon co-owner Keith Mellen has installed a BlueGen ceramic fuel cell device that turns natural gas into electricity.

“For businesses that don’t have direct roof access it’s a great device which is about the size of a fridge,” he says.

“It means we get a guaranteed supply of electricity from our gas connection, which is a lot cheaper than electricity and also has a far lower carbon footprint, particularly when we switch to green gas next spring.

“The BlueGen is really clever because the heat it generates when working is used to heat our water, so we get a tank full of hot water free each day. We’ve been able to virtually eliminate our electricity bill through gas, which has cut our overall energy bill by 70% and we also get to greatly reduce our CO2 emissions.”

In fact, because the saloon has the fuel cell device on a lease, the financials are clear from day one and it is already proving cash positive to the tune of £2,300 per year.

For biomass and solar power SMEs, there are two main financingchoices. They can either use money in the bank and get a far better return, as well as a boost to their eco creditials, or they can apply for loans. Several banks are now offering loans for renewables and there is the Carbon Trust’s Energy Efficiency Financial Scheme which offers low interest (zero interest in Wales) loans.


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In order to reach more customers and spread the renwables carbon reducing message Nuergy Biomass has linked up with Build Scotland on: We are currently installing both domestic & commercial boilers throughout the UK assisting the building industry to provide cheap energy via district heating and individual biomass wood pellet boilers.



Steaming ahead at Dalkia biomass plant

Energy services company Dalkia, owned by Veolia Environnement and EDF, has recently commissioned one of the largest biomass plants in Central Europe, adjacent to the Smurfit Kappa paper mill in Facture, near Bordeaux, in southwest France.



Representing an investment of €130 million (£115 million), the combined heat and power (CHP) facility mainly uses bark and forest residues to produce 74MW of process steam for the Smurfit Kappa mill, plus 50MW of electricity for the French national grid.

The CHP facility employs the largest biomass boiler used for energy production in France, a Hybex power boiler, from Metso. The Finnish group also supplied the flue gas cleaning, fuel-handling systems and complete automation system as part of a €60-million delivery to the project.

The Facture CHP operation is concentrated within a single plant with a control system and reporting system to manage the new power boiler. The plant’s second turbine receives the required steam from the Smurfit Kappa recovery boiler, which utilises black liquor produced in the pulping process.

As well as providing heat to Smurfit Kappa at 20% lower cost, the new system has replaced an ageing boiler that did not meet EU emissions rules and needed to be replaced anyway at a typical cost of €40-50 million.

According to Metso officials, the new boiler’s integrated set-up also provides more cost-efficient plant operation and maintenance, with a much better ratio between process steam electricity and heat than before running practically all the time in CHP mode, with a condensing mode providing just a back-up.

BFB boiler

Fuels are acquired internally from the adjacent Smurfit Kappa pulp and paper mill, as well as from outside the plant. Bark and sludge, which are combusted, are both side products of the Smurfit Kappa Cellulose du Pin pulp and paper mill, while Smurfit Kappa Comptoir du Pin provides wood fuel, delivered as unprocessed logs, which are crushed at the plant. Veolia Environnement also supplies externally acquired fuel.

Truck deliveries, which come from a 100km radius, are paid on the basis of the weight and quality moisture content and calorific value of the fuel, at a typical rate of around €16-17/MWh. Plant officials estimate that this as equivalent to more than 2MWh per tonne.

The fuel mix at Facture typically comprises: bark (24%); sawdust, forest residue (20%); stumps 22%; sawdust/wood chips (16%); recycled wood (9%); municipal wood residues (9%); and paper mill sludge (additional fuel).

According to Jouni Kinni, sales manager, power business line at Metso, sourcing of biomass is “not that easy”, but Smurfit Kappa has a powerful buying position as the Facture mill purchases 2,000kt of wood a year as feedstock for the 500kt of pulp it produces. The mill’s final product is 1.3 million tonnes per year of kraftliner paper.

The Facture power plant fuel feeding system receives ready-made wood chips, via a 500m3/h receiving facility, as well as crushed chips from an on-site fuel-preparation plant of similar capacity. The fuel is held in a covered 15,000m3 A-frame storage area, before screening and transfer by traversing screw reclaimer at 75-300m3/h to 130m3 silos.

Metso’s Hybex boiler uses bubbling fluidised bed technology (BFB), which can accept a wide range of high-moisture fuels.

A 1m-deep layer of sand bubbling on the bottom of the BFB furnace effectively dries and volatilises the fuel. Volatilised gases and fine fuel particles are then burned, mainly above the bed, by secondary air. Only the residual char and larger fuel particles are burned inside the sand bed.

At Dalkia, the Hybex boiler generates 47kg/s of steam at 119bar and 520ºC from feed water at 180°C. Natural gas is used as a start-up fuel and as auxiliary fuel in the load burners.



Feeding time

The BFB boiler is top-supported, with fuel fed from two silos via feeding lines to four feeding chutes on the side walls. Air is supplied as fluidising air below the bed and as secondary air from the front and rear walls, with tertiary air coming from the side walls.

Within the boiler, oversized coarse material has to be constantly removed from the bed at given intervals to ensure trouble-free operation: in the BFB process, all sand or other particles bigger than 1.5mm are too heavy to be fluidised. Moreover, cumulative amounts of impurities fed into the furnace during a single day can impact on the process, Metso engineers note.

The Dalkia boiler is, therefore, equipped with Metso’s hydro beam floor, comprising water-cooled air beams and six coarse material hoppers underneath the beams. With open space between the beams, this design is claimed to provide more than 30 times as large an area for effective coarse removal as conventional designs using separate removing chutes.

Three dry, water-cooled screw conveyors located under the hoppers transport the removed bed material to the screening station, from which good bed material is returned to the furnace and coarse particles are diverted to containers.

The Facture boiler plant’s baghouse filter is based on Simatek 3CS technology and consists of four round filter units, each one equipped with 400 filter bags. A PLC-controlled, pulse-jet system can clean two bags at a time with exactly the optimum pulsing energy needed, based on a regular cleaning pressure of 0.3-0.6bar. Power consumption is less as no high-pressure air is needed.

A Metso DNA automation system, with around 5,000 I/Os, interfaces with Metso’s and other suppliers’ equipment. The redundant system covers wood handling, boiler and boiler protection, plant protection and is linked to the Smurfit Kappa system, as well as two steam turbines and the balance of the plant.

Diverse reports facilitate maintenance planning and emissions analyses, as well as updating and managing of initial data to provide authorities with information according to EU directives. Remote users have access to portal and web reports.

“Boiler balance calculation generates valuable information about process performance for users and also for the boiler supplier,” said Mikko Kinnunen, engineering manager at Metso Automation. “The whole Metso BFB package of combustion optimisation controls was implemented for the first time for the new biomass boiler at Dalkia.”

The aim of the combustion optimisation is to minimise both flue gas emissions and the plant’s own power consumption, as well as to optimise bed temperature by improving fuel and combustion air distributions, he added.

According to Metso, the customised automation system produces all necessary information for self-monitoring and authority/compliance reporting at Facture. Environmental applications enable a full view on emission levels to users and the authorities.

The plant is equipped to monitor emission levels on-line, including continuous in-line analyses of volumes of NOx, CO, CO2, SO2 and dust. Metso’s SNCR (selective non-catalytic reduction) system can meet NOx emission limits of 200mg/Nm3 in the system, comfortably below the current NOx emission limit of 300mg/Nm³, said Kinni.

With ammonia injection, the SNCR system can meet the 150mg/m3 limit, added the Metso sales manager, noting that the EU’s draft Industrial Emissions Directive requires values between 150-250mg/m³.

Project finance

Balancing the books: electricity v steam

The Facture project was 100% financed by Dalkia, which also developed and executed the project and operated the plant. However, the company is understood to have sold the plant to an equity fund that specialises in renewable energy investments.

“These investments need a long commitment by project backers, who typically must wait seven to 12 years for a return on investment,” said Jouni Kinni, sales manager, power business line at Metso. “Investors sometimes don’t want to risk money in new projects until [they are] sure that everything is running well.”

Under the French government’s CRU tendering process for electricity generation, operators have to demonstrate the technical viability of a renewable energy project. However, the main selection criterion is the price set for the production of electricity usually a closely guarded secret.

Operators want this to be a fairly low price to ensure the business case, while entering bid proposals in line with the price set by the French authorities the CRU2 purchase price was set at €110-125/MW over a 20-year period.

Metso officials estimate that electricity is sold at €120/MW compared with a typical value of €45/MW when consumed at the site. The differential means that it is clearly better to sell as much electricity as possible under the fixed 20-year contract.

The electricity price can also escalate, based on the price for the biomass and natural gas the two components for recalculation of the price year by year, said the Metso managers.

A risk for investors, though, is whether the pulp mill will survive for 20 years. Because if you stop selling the heat and produce only electricity, the efficiency and economics of the CHP operation are reduced.

Another issue is the rising price of biomass, as there is increasing competition for this forest resource. While the construction industry does not use the same materials, other applications, such as panel boards, are attracting more players to try biomass somewhere else.

“The priority is to satisfy the needs of the mill in terms of steam and heat,” said Kinni. “If they want 100%, they need to try to deliver 100%. Any surplus is also sent to the condensing turbine, and the steam then goes to the condenser only for electricity generation.”

In CHP, efficiency is different to that of a condensing power plant, which only generates electricity. If the plant is operating in CHP mode it delivers around 85-95% total efficiency -both for electricity and heat. However, if a CHP plant is operating in condensing mode producing only electricity then it is only around 32% efficient for electricity; removing just a small amount of electricity provides a lot more steam.

“The plant is sized only for electricity generation. In case the mill disappeared then they would process all the steam to produce electricity. Efficiency would be low, but at least [it] could delivery [the] max to the grid, even if they don’t do it very often,” explained Kinni, 
Sometimes, if paper is only fetching a low price, a mill will be stopped for months. If that happened at Facture, the power plant would produce only electricity.

The economic viability of such projects has clearly been demonstrated in the Nordic pulp and paper industry, which has been the forerunner in the use of CHP technology for 20 years. While 50MW is considered a big plant in most of Europe, 80-100MW versions are common in Nordic mills.

Increasingly, though, pulp and paper makers EU-wide are taking advantage of ’green’ electricity incentives to get a significant part of their profits from power production. At some of these sites, the power plant can be the main profit maker, industry watchers estimate.

The attraction of these projects can now also been seen at UPM, for example, with its recent projects in France, the UK UPM Shotton and UPM Caledonia and Stora Enso in Belgium.


Opportunity Biomass Community renewable energy schemes

Government estimates cost of introducing ‘allowable solutions’ to housebuilding industry could be as much as £224m per year

zero carbon

The government plans to cap the amount of money that housebuilders will have to spend to meet the zero-carbon homes standard from 2016 through off-site carbon saving measures.

The government said the cost of providing “allowable solutions” – where housebuilders undertake actions outside of the building itself to contribute towards meeting their zero-carbon obligations, such as renewable energy schemes for the community, or paying into a fund focused on abating carbon – would be between £36 per tonne CO2 and £90 per tonne CO2.

The consultation estimated the central option of £60 per tonne CO2 would add up to £2,123 to the price of a detached house.

The impact assessment of the policy estimated introducing allowable solutions would cost the industry a maximum of £224m per year.

However, it said this was an “overestimate” and the burden was likely to be less than this.

But it did say the policy constituted a “substantial” additional regulatory burden under the government’s rule of introducing only one regulation on industry for every two removed.

It also said four routes for implementing allowable solutions were under consideration:

  • Requiring all carbon to be abated onsite or through connected networks
  • Undertaking work offsite either to improve existing buildings or build ne energy generating capacity
  • Paying another firm to do work to offset carbon emissions from the building
  • Paying into a fund to build off site measures to abate carbon. But the government said it favoured keeping the fund focused on abating carbon a national scheme because the administrative cost of setting up local authority schemes would be too high.

Paul King, chief executive of UK Green Building Council, said the proposals were “sensible”.

He added: “We believe the price of allowable solutions should be set to encourage community level solutions first. We also welcome the proposal that allowable solutions should also be available for non domestic buildings – something we’ve consistently called for.

The consultation is open until 15 October 2013.

Roger Humber, strategic policy advisor at the House Builders Association, said the whole zero carbon policy was “never remotely feasible” following the credit crunch and needed changing.

“The combined elements of this policy of fabric and carbon compliance and allowable solutions is going to put small house builders out of business because it’s too complex,” he said.

He added that it was “not acceptable” to change building regulations in 2014 and then again in 2016.

David Bownass, sustainability director at WSP in the UK, said the final policy should be shaped to promote the most effective way of reducing carbon.

He added: “In thinking about this we should also consider the end consumer, the home owner. A future zero carbon home that addresses all the carbon emissions on site through PV will have a very significantly lower operating cost to one where the builder just met the carbon compliance threshold and bought out the residual carbon emissions.”



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The heat is on, Biomass RHI for householders


Householders could be paid hundreds of pounds a year for generating heat by solar thermal panels, biomass boilers and heat pumps.

Householders could get paid hundreds of pounds a year for heat generated by solar thermal panels, biomass boilers and heat pumps, Energy and Climate Change Minister Greg Barker confirmed today.

The tariff levels have been set at 7.3p/kWh for air source heat pumps; 12.2p/kWh for biomass boilers; 18.8p/kWh for ground source heat pumps and at least 19.2 p/kWh for solar thermal.

The new Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) for householders is designed to drive forward uptake of renewable heat technologies in homes across Great Britain to cut carbon, help meet renewables targets and save money on bills. The scheme is a world first, and has been up and running for the non – domestic sector since November 2011.

Today’s announcement follows extensive consultation on how a financial incentive would work best for householders and takes into account lessons learned from the Renewable Heat Premium Payment grant scheme (RHPP) and the RHI non domestic scheme.

Greg Barker said:

“The Coalition is committed to helping hardworking families with the cost of living.

“Investing for the long term in new renewable heat technologies will mean cleaner energy and cheaper bills. So this package of measures is a big step forward in our drive to get innovative renewable heating kit in our homes.

“Householders can now invest in a range of exciting heating technologies knowing how much the tariff will be for different renewable heat technologies and benefit from the clean green heat produced. We are also sending a clear signal to industry that the Coalition is 110 percent committed to boosting and sustaining growth in this sector.”

Eligible applicants

The scheme will be made available to homeowners, private and social landlords, third party owners of heating systems and people who build their own homes. Anyone who has installed a renewable heat technology since 15 July 2009 and meets the scheme eligibility criteria will be able to join the scheme.

Eligible technologies

RHI domestic will support air to water heat pumps; biomass only boilers and biomass pellet stoves with back boilers; ground and water source heat pumps; flat plate and evacuated tube solar thermal panels.

Tariff payments

Payments will be made on a quarterly basis for seven years. The tariffs have been set at a level that reflects the expected cost of renewable heat generation over 20 years. In most cases, payments will be made based on estimated heat demand of the property. DECC will offer an extra set payment of £230 per year where consumers take out metering and monitoring support packages for heat pumps and £200 for biomass boilers.

Scheme requirements

Applicants will need to complete a Green Deal Assessment before submitting their application and must ensure they have met minimum loft (250mm) and cavity wall insulation requirements, where appropriate. All installations and installers must be MCS certified (or certified by an equivalent scheme). MCS certified installers are currently required to be members of the Renewable Energy Consumer Code, which is backed by the Trading Standards Institute.

Covering the upfront costs of renewable heating kit

Householders may be able to get help with the upfront costs of the renewable heating kit under the Government’s Green Deal. The Green Deal lets people pay for energy efficiency improvements including renewable heating systems through savings on their energy bills and householders are able to take up Green Deal finance and claim the RHI payments. Money off vouchers are also available under the RHPP scheme. Householders who receive money under RHPP will have this amount deducted from any future RHI payments to avoid a double subsidy.

The RHI for householders will be administered by Ofgem and more details on how to apply will be published in due course. Pre-application enquiries should be directed to the Energy Saving Advice Service on 0300 123 1234.

DECC is currently finalising the details of the expansion of the non-domestic RHI scheme and will confirm the way forward in the autumn alongside the outcome of the tariff review. DECC’s aim to introduce these changes from Spring 2014 remains unchanged.

Government has also published the response to the consultation on revisions to the Combined Heat and Power (CHP) Quality Assurance programme which determines eligibility of this technology for support under the Renewables Obligation. The changes will apply to new CHP plants and will come into effect on 1 January 2014.

Notes for Editors

  1. RHI documents
  2. The final scheme design is subject to State Aid and Parliamentary approval.
  3. The RHI for householders is funded by general taxation and is targeted at but not limited to homes off the gas grid.
  4. The support under RHI domestic is set at a level designed to compensate for the difference between the cost of installing and operating renewable heating systems and fossil fuel eg. gas fired systems, including non-financial costs such as disruption, on the basis of 20 years of heat produced. The fossil fuel costs used for this purpose are those faced by households off the gas grid.
  5. The solar thermal tariff is capped by reference to an assessment of the marginal cost of renewable energy. The tariff will be at least 19.2p but may be higher depending on the outcome of further work. The announcement on the final tariff will be made in the Autumn.
  6. Annual payments will be worked out by multiplying the expected annual heat use by the technology’s tariff rate. Tariffs will change annually in line with the Retail Price Index (RPI). All public grants, and not just the RHPP, will be deducted to avoid a double subsidy. 7.DECC will confirm the way forward on a proposed budget management approach for the RHI domestic in the Autumn.
  7. More details on how to apply for the RHPP scheme
  8. Pre-application enquiries should be directed to the Energy Saving Advice Service (ESAS) on 0300 123 1234.
  9. CHPQA documents can be found on GOV.UK

Biomass Boilers for Poultry

Biomass boilers for broilers – better growth and better returns

One Derbyshire poultry producer is receiving an additional income of £250,000 a year thanks to the installation of 11 biomass boilers.

The six-digit extra revenue through the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) scheme was enough of an incentive on its own to warrant the £1m investment at Overbrook Farms last October, says farmer David Allsop.

However, the benefits to the business – which is on track to produce 6.5 million birds a year – are even more far-reaching. The boilers are also saving the company £90,000 a year in fuel costs, while helping to boost bird productivity. But such head-turning figures are only achievable by maximising the rewards available for biomass, says Mr Allsop.

- Overbrook Farms runs 25 poultry sheds over three sites and produces 6.5 million birds a year.
– Eleven 199kW biomass boilers were installed at the end of 2012 – this will increase to 16 by June.
– £1m project – £250,000 deposit from David Allsop with the rest financed by Lombard at an interest rate of 6%.
– £180,000/year repayments over the next five years.
– Cost savings: £90,000 energy savings a year and about £250,000 generated RHI income.
– Payments from the RHI are index linked for 20 years.

RHI tariff

“It’s crucial to ensure you’re maximising the RHI tariff received for every boiler,” he says. “The RHI tariff pays a top rate of 8.6p/kWh up to 250,000kWh produced, after this it
drops to 2.2p. ”To get the most of the higher tier-one payments, you need the right size boiler for the right square metres of poultry shed. By doing so, each boiler earns you at least £25,000,” he says.

To make the most of the top payments, the farm also decided against installing one large boiler, and instead opted for 11 199kW boilers, to heat 23 sheds spread across three farms.

Boilers of under 200kW are eligible for the
highest tier payments, whereas larger boilers receive a significantly reduced
tariff. Putting in 11 boilers, rather than one large one, also reduces the risk of the whole heating system breaking down if one boiler fails.

The farm’s original gas heating system remains in place and is available as an automatic backup in case any of the boilers fail. Heat generated by the biomass boilers is distributed into the shed via heat exchangers, with varying numbers of exchangers in each building,
depending on the size of the shed.

Chick performance

The sheer size of the business underlines the importance of maintaining a consistent environment and maximising performance. Birds enter the system at a day old and are sold toMoyParkat an average weight of 2.25kg at 36.5 days old. Shed temperatures start at 34C for the youngest chicks and gradually reduce to 21C by day 35.

Mr Allsop says an added benefit of the biomass system versus gas heating is reduced carbon dioxide production. This not only helps reduce the farm’s carbon footprint, but also gets chicks off to a better start.

“Carbon dioxide suppresses chick growth in the first week, so the more we can reduce it, the better,” he explains. ”In general, since installing the biomass boilers, bird welfare and
performance has been enhanced. The litter is also a lot drier.”

Fuel choice

Selecting the right type of fuel is also a big consideration during installation, says Mr Allsop.

“We wanted an easy-to-manage fuel that was easily available in the area. We opted for an EN+ wood pellet with a high calorific value that has low moisture levels and burns clean. The pellets are blown into a silo and then automatically fed by auger into the boilers, meaning it’s hassle-free.”

The pellets cost 3.8p/kW versus 5.5p/kW when the sheds were heated by gas, bringing a saving of 2p/kW, regardless of RHI payment. “When I get paid 8.6p/kW I’m quids in,” Mr Allsop says.

Fuel options for biomass boilers include wood pellets, wood logs and woodchips, as well as straw pellets, which can offer a cheaper fuel source for those with access to the raw material.

Every business with a high reliance on generating heat could benefit from biomass boilers, says Mr Allsop.

“Every business needs to reduce their carbon footprint. We also need to reduce carbon dioxide emissions to get chicks off to a good start, so we’re killing two birds with one stone.”

Such is Mr Allsop’s commitment to the biomass concept, he has added a further three boilers to the existing set-up to further maximise the RHI tariff received. The business is also currently building two new sheds, which will be serviced by an additional two boilers. This will bring the total to 16 boilers across 25 sheds.

The day-one capital cost of installing biomass equipment is often the main stumbling block for farmers considering different renewable options, but there are ways to make such a project viable.

Choosing a financing company that understands the biomass concept can help producers access a more attractive financing package, says Hiten Sonpal, relationship director for green energy finance specialist Lombard.

“Banks will generally ask for security from farm assets, which many producers are uncomfortable to do,” he explains.

“Lombardunderstands the technology and we are able to finance the project by using the biomass boiler as security.”

Mr Allsop says when he looked into installing his 11 biomass boilers at the end of last year, there weren’t many companies wanting to finance him.

“Lombardagreed to give us a loan secured against the broilers and we bought the 11 boilers and 100 heat exchangers to go over our three sites,” he says.

“Whereas many companies would have made me have 11 different financial agreements, the attractive part of this loan was the fact they let me have one finance agreement. This made it very clean and straightforward.”

Asset finance withLombardcan be taken out over a maximum of five years, with the farmer paying the VAT and putting down a minimum 10% deposit. Money is loaned for the whole project including installation.

There are several types of asset finance but in this case it essentially refers to lending that is secured against the assets funded.

The existing business must show it can service the debt, says Mr Sonpal. “We don’t take RHI or fuel savings into account.”

In Mr Allsop’s case, he came to an agreement withLombardwhere he financed and installed the system himself and was then reimbursed the £750,000 at the end of the project. This will now be paid back in quarterly instalments at an interest rate of 6%.

Mr Sonpal explains that, as part of any agreement, the producer must also source the biomass boiler from a reputable company that has been vetted byLombard.

“Italian, German, Danish or Austrian brands are good as they all haveUKsubsidiaries and parts and maintenance can be sorted easily,” he says.



First in Wood Pellets for Laundries.

1 MW System Jet Burner

After test running the wood pellet boiler steam-installations, a pioneering Swedish engineering team has jointly developed and completed the project.

The design and development partners have for many years been involved in the heating industry,  steam generation from wood pellets is a first in Swedish Laundries for Kvänum Energy, NVS, MW Power and Janfire wood pellets heating.

The wood pellet renewable heating plant rooms have now been shipped from the test bed in Kvänum south of Sweden up to two laundries in the Northern part of the country to the customer National wash. The two boilers are producing a steam flow of 1200 kg / hour at 14.5 bar, which is then reduced down to the appropriate pressure depending on the machine or process. The test run has shown good results and facilities should be installed and fully operational during February. The laundries will replace oil which has so far been the dominant fuel source. Especially in small and medium sized laundries where no natural gas is available. With the increase in oil prices wood pellet bioenergy solutions will become increasingly attractive to industries, laundries and others who need steam.

Wood Pellet Plant Rooms

The facilities are built in a plant room container solution with purpose built
pellet store that holds 60 tons. This suffices for refills with barely a month apart Inside the container is a steam boiler from MW Power specially developed for pellets by Janfire AB including their fully modulating wood pellet burners. Engineers NVS have been responsible for system design and installation. Kvanum Energy is a supplier of energy systems and biomass plant room containers. 


Translated & edited by: Nuergy Biomass

Janfire UK contact:

Nuergy Biomass

Nuergy House

21 Meadowbank


West Lothian

EH27 8BH

Tel: 01506 882720

CSE team have launched Green Deal toolkit to help communities get the most out of the new scheme.

CSE team have launched Green Deal toolkit to help communities get the most out of the new scheme.

Re-design of

January 2013

The team at CSE has been working hard to update our PlanLoCaL resource for the
launch of the Green Deal.

We want to see community groups taking the lead in promoting the Green Deal within
their own neighbourhoods, enabling people to access loans for energy efficiency improvements, reducing carbon emissions and improving quality of life in their own neighbourhoods. So, we’ve launched a whole new PlanLoCaL resource pack and have overhauled the website to bring it all together.

CSE chief executive Simon Roberts explains why we’ve developed the PlanLoCaL programme and how to use the new website.

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