Over the past 12-18 months there has been a significant rise in the use of waste wood as a fuel for biomass boilers.
This has lead to confusion and concerns surrounding the quality of product, particularly where treated and untreated waste wood is being mixed and used in appliances that are unsuitable and unable to deal with the contaminants. Due to the seriousness of concerns and the potential health and environmental issues, the Environment Agencies are focusing on illegal activity with waste wood as an urgent priority.
To raise awareness of this, Ofgem has produced a waste wood awareness factsheet, which can be found here .
Using waste wood in
If you are using or intending to use waste wood to fuel your boiler ( including A grade ) you need to be aware that burning waste wood is subject to environmental regulatory controls and that you hold the correct environmental permit or have registered and are complying in full with an exemption from needing to have a permit. In addition to this participants of the RHI scheme must ensure that the fuel they are accepting from their supplier and burning in their boiler is appropriate to their installation, ie. it is of the right quality and type.
Ensuring adequate filtration and emissions control
Boilers with a fuel through put of between 50kg to 3 tonnes per hour will require a permit to burn waste wood from the Local Authority, which depending upon the boiler and fuel type, may require additional filtration in order to comply with emissions requirements. This could be in the form of bag/sleeve or ceramic filtration.
Ashwell Biomass is one of the UK's leading and original
biomass specialists and has a range of filtration products and is happy to advise
on the most appropriate solution for individual installations.
For more information contact our experienced team at: firstname.lastname@example.org / 0116 2604050.
Ashwell Biomass is pleased to continue to support the Apprenticeship Scheme and has recently taken its latest recruit, Leah!
Leah will be helping our Service, Maintenance and Sales teams and here is what attracted her to the role...
"The reasons I chose to do my apprenticeship at Ashwell Biomass is because I will be able to learn business admin whilst having an insight to how renewable technology such as biomass works.
As well as this I get to see what happens in the workshop and how the office runs, whilst being in communication with customers and learning new skills that can be transferred into my everyday life such as new computer and communication skills.
I think that I will enjoy my apprenticeship at Ashwell Biomass because there are lots of aspects to the business and hopefully I will get to see and learn about all of them."
Ashwell Biomass is very pleased to have Leah on board and has previously found the Apprenticeship Scheme to be of great value to the company with a number of employees throughout the business initially starting as apprentices.
Ashwell Biomass is one of the UK's leading and original biomass specialists with many years experience and over 450 installations across the country.
Ashwell Biomass recently asked the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) for an update in relation to implementation of the Reformed Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) scheme.
Their reply is below and whilst understandably at this time no dates are given it does give a useful insight in to what stage the process is at.
Currently we cannot give a timeframe for changes to the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) scheme regulations, due to events beyond the department's control.
Understandably, this has created uncertainty across the renewable heat industry and its consumers. We are aware of the need to provide industry and consumers with clarity on the RHI reforms, and will aim to do so as quickly as possible. Ministers are working closely with policy officials and we hope we are able to announce more in due course. I can assure you that this Government remains committed to transitioning to a low-carbon economy.
RHI Correspondence Team | Heat & Business Energy