Energy 2016

  • By Evangeline Riosa
  • 13 Oct, 2016

Energy 2016

Ashwell Biomass will be participating in ENERGY 2016, part of UK Construction week, which takes place 18-20th October at the NEC, Birmingham.

More information about the event can be found:

Ashwell Biomass CEO David Coyne will be speaking about biomass at a seminar on Thursday 10.30-11am. David has many years’ experience in biomass and other renewables and has recently picked up a placing at the 2016 Regional Energy Efficiency and Retrofit Awards.

In addition to David’s session, Ashwell Biomass will be exhibiting (stand E2/415) at the show and extend a warm invitation to all show visitors.

One of the UK’s leading biomass specialists, Ashwell Biomass is a true innovator with many solutions available including food waste and waste wood to energy. Ashwell Biomass has recently won the coveted title of Regional RHI Installer of the year.
By J OWEN 20 Mar, 2017
Leading UK biomass heating specialist Ashwell Biomass were successful at the 2017 East Midlands Energy Efficiency & Healthy Homes Awards, picking the title of  RHI Installer of the Year as well as being Commended in the Small Scale Project of the Year

The aim of the Energy Efficiency & Healthy Homes Awards is to provide public recognition for the excellent work the Energy Efficiency sector is doing and to help encourage best practice within the Energy Industry.

Ashwell Biomass MD Barry West said he was "Delighted" with the evening, adding  "Energy efficiency and sustainability are both very important issues.  It is a great achievement for everyone in the company to receive recognition in this way and for the second year in succession.  The whole team works very hard to make sure we are successful."

With biomass heating being a relatively new technology in the UK ensuring prospective customers fully understand the facts remains a leading priority for Ashwell Biomass and this was an area highlighted by two of Ashwell's recent customers.  
"Ashwell explained all about biomass." said Mr Harris who Ashwell recently had a high efficiency wood pellet boiler installed to replace an old inefficient coal fired boiler, adding "It was obvious Ashwell had many years experience and knew their subject well."  
Mark Warton who had a large wood chip boiler installed along with a new increased efficiency heating system in commercial premises to replace an old inefficient boiler explained "We looked at a number of installers and chose Ashwell Biomass Ltd.  Although it is a large investment we are delighted with the decision..."

Ashwell Biomass is the UK's original biomass specialist and remains one of  the leading companies in the UK today.   Individuals and companies interested in biomass are encouraged to contact Ashwell for an informal discussion to see if and how biomass could work for them.

More information about the Energy Efficiency & Healthy Homes awards can be found:
By J OWEN 16 Mar, 2017
An Ashwell Biomass supplied and installed D'Alessandro biomass boiler has helped Glenuig Inn on the Sound of Arisaig to be named Micro Business of 2016 in the recent Vision in Business for the Environment of Scotland (VIBES) awards.

The Inn runs on 100% renewable energy and generates minimal waste which cannot be recycled or repurposed. This is the second time it has been awarded the accolade in the Micro-Business category, previously being in 2011. The Inn holds a Gold status from the Green Tourism Business Scheme and is described as Scotland’s exemplar green inn. It has also recently been voted Lochaber Business of the Year at the Highland Business Awards, and prides itself on enabling its visitors to enjoy the great outdoors amidst stunning scenery whilst enjoying excellent modern Scottish cuisine and comfortable accommodation in the knowledge that there is virtually zero impact to the environment.

Steve Macfarlane, Director, Glenuig Inn, said: "It’s always a challenge to do the right thing for the environment and even more so when we aim to provide excellence in all we do for all our guests; we’re open all day, every day, all year. We are delighted to have won a VIBES award again this year, as it is true recognition of our strong environmental commitment in everything we do.”

He went on to say, “as a 100% renewable business, with lower energy costs in winter than summer, we believe strongly in doing the right thing across all aspects of the business including minimising waste. We have recently perfected the ‘zero food waste to landfill’ process of drying our food waste before adding it to biomass as fuel (to be burnt in a biomass boiler), which is having a huge positive impact on the running of the Inn.”

This year, 32 Scottish businesses were shortlisted from a record number of entries. Each of the finalists underwent a rigorous judging process, including a programme of site visits, to assess their environmental practices.

Gillian Bruce, Chair of the VIBES Awards, commented: “The VIBES Awards recognise and showcase the fantastic work being undertaken by businesses across the country to put sustainability at the heart of their operations, often saving money in the process.

“We have been very impressed with the high standard of entries, and with a record number of companies entering the VIBES Awards this year it is encouraging to see that so many businesses understand how reducing their environmental impact can also benefit their business. We would like to congratulate all of our 2016 winners and finalists and hope that many more companies will be inspired to follow in their footsteps by recognising the benefits of sustainability in business.”

For more information about how a biomass boiler could benefit your business please contact :
Jason Owen
Ashwell Biomass Ltd
T:  0116 2604050

For further information regarding the Glenuig Inn please contact :
Steve Macfarlane
Glenuig Inn
T: 01687 470 219

Glenuig Inn, on the West Coast of Scotland is the great base for exploring the Sound of Arisaig and Ardnamurchan. Accommodation, designed for couples, families and small groups, is dog friendly throughout and is ideal for a winter break offering stunning scenery and modern Scottish cuisine. Open All day, Every day, All year

VIBES is a strategic partnership between Scottish Environment Protection Agency, Scottish Government, Scottish Water, Scottish Enterprise, Highland and Islands Enterprise, Zero Waste Scotland, Energy Saving Trust and Scotland’s 2020 Climate Group. The Awards are further supported by CBI Scotland, the Institute of Directors, the Federation of Small Businesses, Bright Green Business and Quality Scotland.
By J OWEN 01 Mar, 2017
Ofgem have given some details relating to non-domestic (commercial) RHI tariffs for biomass boiler installations/accreditations taking place from April 2017.

Non-domestic (Commercial) RHI scheme:
Small biomass (up to 199kW) reduced by 5%
Medium and large look to remain unchanged*
*Please note:  It is expected this will fall in line with what has been proposed in the Government's Response to RHI Reform document published in December (ie 2.91p per kWh Tier 1 and 2.05p per kWh Tier 2).  However, as this has yet to be go through Parliament and be signed in to Law, no official implementation date has been announced although it is expected to come in to effect during "Spring". 

Tariffs from 1st April (per kWh):
Small commercial biomass (up to 199kW) Tier 1 – 2.85p, Tier 2 – .75p
Medium commercial biomass (200-999kW) Tier 1 – 5.24p, Tier 2 – 2.27p
Large commercial biomass (1,000kW +) Flat rate – 2.05p
Solid biomass CHP (1,000kW +) Flat rate – 4.22p

More information about the scheme can be found on the Ofgem website:

For more information about how you can benefit from a biomass boiler installation please contact us today.
By J OWEN 13 Jan, 2017
In mid December the Government provided its response to the Reformed and Refocused RHI consultation, which gave details of how the incentive scheme will operate post 31st March 2017.

Now the dust has settled and we have had time to digest the detail Ashwell Biomass (The UKs original biomass specialists) feels the scheme remains advantageous and provides a suitable platform to support the continued growth of the biomass and renewables industry.

The key points of the new scheme are:

For Domestic Biomass installations
The tariff to will increase to 6.44p per kWh, but with a cap of 25,000kWs per annum introduced.
Therefore a domestic property with a heating and hot water demand in excess of 25,000kWs will receive £1,610 per annum, equating to £11,270 over the 7 year domestic RHI period.

For non Domestic/Commercial installations
The new non Domestic/Commercial tariff will cover all sizes of boiler installation at rates of 2.91p per kWh (Tier 1) and 2.05p per kWh (Tier 2). The tier 1 threshold will increase to 3,066 running hours (35% of the plant's capacity x 8,760 running hours per annum), benefiting installations with longer running hours.

There is always the temptation to compare the current scheme with the forthcoming reformed scheme and to give an illustration (assuming the boilers run for 3,066 hours per annum) we have put together the following table.

Boiler size (kW)                       100                   300                     500                    950                    1,900
New Scheme
(£ payback p/a)                          8,922              26,766                 44,610                84,760                169,520
New Scheme
(£ payback 20 years)            178,440            535,320              892,200             1,695,200           3,390,400
Existing Scheme
(£ payback p/a)                         5,243                32,587                54,312                103,193              119,421
Existing Scheme
(£ payback 20 years)            104,860            651,740            1,086,240           2,063,860           2,388,420

Notes: Figures are for illustrative purposes only and 20 year payback figures exclude annual increases linked to ROI

You can see that scheme remains very attractive, particularly for systems capable of running for longer running hours (ie 3,066 per annum). With paybacks increasing for smaller installations (up to 199kW) and also larger 1MW+ projects.

Also taken on its own merits payback for medium sized installations (ie those with a capacity of 200-999kW) with longer running hours is very positive.

To aid decision making for larger biomass installations (ie those 1MW+) a tariff guarantee has been introduced, meaning that once the project is registered the window for the design and installation is increased without the fear of the tariff being degressed.
Full details about the new scheme can be found: .

Ashwell Biomass are one of the UK's original and leading biomass specialists. For further detail about whether a biomass boiler installation is right for you, contact us on: 0116 2604050;


By J OWEN 15 Dec, 2016
The Government's response to the Reformed and Refocused RHI consultation has been released.

The headlines for biomass are:
Domestic Biomass - Tariff to increase to 6.44p per kWh - with a cap of 25,000kWs per annum introduced.
Non Domestic (Commercial) Biomass - Single tariff introduced to cover all sizes of installation at rates of 2.91p per kWh (Tier 1) and 2.05p per kWh (Tier 2), however importantly the tier 1 kWh threshold will be set at 35% of the plant's capacity x 8,760 running hours per annum (ie boiler size x 3,066).
Tariff guarantees introduced for large biomass projects (1MW+).

The Reformed scheme is set to take effect Spring 2017. 

Full details can be found:

For further detail about whether a biomass boiler installation is right for you, contact us on:  0116 2604050;  

By J OWEN 06 Dec, 2016
With the heating season now upon us has your biomass boiler been serviced and is it ready to keep your premises warm this Winter?

With a dedicated team of experienced biomass service engineers, Ashwell Biomass has been servicing boilers of all makes and models for many years. Here are our views on why it's important to have a regular service and maintenance regime in place.

"We do strongly recommend regular servicing of any biomass boiler. This ensures the system runs efficiently and effectively as well as reducing the possibility of costly breakdowns. At services we also check and report back any potential issues or recommend replacement parts as and when required which helps to encourage smooth running of the boiler.

Where a boiler is run continuously or substantially for a period of time (especially in winter months), there is added pressure on the systems. Whilst (naturally) issues are likely to occur, as with any mechanical or electrical system, it is important that there is regular cleaning and general maintenance to try to prevent issues.

The frequency of servicing is dependent upon factors such as the running hours of the boiler and the type of fuel used, for example wood chip generates more ash than wood pellet and the more impurities in the chip (bark, detritus, etc) the more cleaning will be required. Ashwell use this information to determine which package best suits the client's needs and offers three standard servicing and maintenance packages - Silver, Gold and Platinum. All include a major service. Whilst Gold and Platinum include a minor service and the Platinum also includes a set number of breakdown call outs.

In addition to this there are a number of additional services that require consideration, which include flue cleaning, ash box cleaning, health checks and operative training. All of these are designed to ease workload and also provide valuable information regarding successful long term running of a biomass boiler."

Finally do not forget if claiming RHI (Renewable Heat Incentive) it is part of the RHI process to be able to prove that regular servicing by a competent trained engineer takes place.

Do make sure your biomass boiler ready to keep you warm this Winter

For more details about our service and maintenance packages please contact our dedicated team: 0116 2604050 -
By J OWEN 05 Dec, 2016
Details have been announced regarding a change to the domestic RHI tariff for biomass boiler installations.

The degression trigger for biomass has been passed, meaning the current domestic RHI tariff of 4.68p per kWh has now reduced to 4.21p per kWh for all new applications made.  If you joined the scheme before 1st January 2017 you will not be affected and your tariff rate stays the same.

To give an illustration of domestic RHI payback based on the revised rate, a property with a combined heating and hot water requirement of 59,000 kWh per annum will receive payments of £2,489 per annum, totalling £17,423 over the 7 year scheme. 

More information about the scheme can be found on the Ofgem website:

For more information about how you and your property can benefit from a biomass boiler installation please contact us today.
By J OWEN 02 Dec, 2016
Ofgem have confirmed details of non-domestic (commercial) RHI tariffs for biomass boiler installations/accreditations taking place between 1/1/2017 and 31/3/2017.

Non-domestic (Commercial) RHI scheme:
Small biomass (up to 199kW) reduced by 5%
Medium and large remain unchanged
Tariffs from 1st January (per kWh):
Small commercial biomass (up to 199kW) Tier 1 – 2.95p, Tier 2 – .78p
Medium commercial biomass (200-999kW) Tier 1 – 5.24p, Tier 2 – 2.27p
Large commercial biomass (1,000kW +) Flat rate – 2.05p
Solid biomass CHP (1,000kW +) Flat rate – 4.22p

More information about the scheme can be found on the Ofgem website:

For more information about how you can benefit from a biomass boiler installation please contact us today.
By Evangeline Riosa 13 Oct, 2016

Thinking of replacing your heating system? Need a new boiler?
Make the switch to sustainable biomass with a fully funded Ashwell Biomass ESCo (Energy Service Contract) solution.

Benefits of an ESCo:

With an ESCo contract you pay a price per kWh for heating and hot water. All capital costs, service and maintenance fees and wood fuel costs are covered by the ESCo company. There are many benefits to this type of funding and system:
  • Heat for less – in most cases the price per kWh of the ESCo is less than an equivalent heating oil/LPG/electricity solution (including on-going maintenance costs)
  • The company can use its capital to invest in its core business rather than heating equipment
  • Little management involvement of the system – the ESCo manages the installation and the day to day operation of the boiler system (although it is advisable that at least one on site person receives basic training)
  • By supplying the fuel as well as the maintenance there is an incentive for the ESCo provider to supply quality fuel that will minimise maintenance and down time as the ESCo only gets paid when the boiler is running
  • In most cases the new biomass boiler will be more efficient than the old boilers it is replacing
  • The company can achieve carbon savings in its operations without having to invest its own capital
  • Environmental issues are now a key part of corporate social responsibility and switching to a biomass boiler provides companies with an important statement about sustainability
To find out more please contact us on: 0116 260 4050 –
By Evangeline Riosa 13 Oct, 2016

DECC have released details of the revised non domestic and domestic RHI tariffs, which will come in to effect from 1/1/2016.


Small biomass (up to 199kW) will reduce by a further 10% from 1st January
Medium and large biomass remain unchanged
Revised tariffs from 1st January are expected to be:
Small commercial biomass (up to 199kW) Tier 1 – 3.76p Tier 2 – 1p
Medium commercial biomass (200 – 999kW) Tier 1 – 5.18p Tier 2 – 2.24p
Large commercial biomass (1,000kW +) Tier 1 – 2.03

The Domestic biomass tariff to reduce by 20% from 1st October
Revised tariff from 1st January will be 5.14p
More information regarding the commercial and domestic RHI schemes can be found on the Ofgem website



For more information about how the RHI can benefit your potential biomass installation, please contact Ashwell Biomass
Tel: 0116 260 4050 – Email:
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