Why it's important to have your biomass boiler serviced regularly

  • 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 - info@ashwellbiomass.com
By J OWEN 20 Sep, 2017
Ashwell Biomass is exhibiting at the Energy 2017 Show, which runs alongside UK Construction week, at the NEC from 10-12th October.  Stand No.  E531

Ashwell along with leading ORC/CHP experts Enogia will be using the event to showcase their scale-able waste wood to energy solutions, which are helping companies across the UK to:

Reduce Waste disposal and Energy costs (heating and/or electricity), whilst generating RHI (Renewable Heat Incentive) income.

Ashwell Biomass Director David Coyne will be presenting a session providing an update on the biomass industry in the UK and throughout the duration of the show experienced Ashwell Biomass representatives will be on hand to deal with visitor interest and enquiries.
Visitors to the neighbouring TimberExpo are also encouraged to visit the Ashwell stand (E531) to find out how a biomass boiler system could benefit and help to reduce their costs whilst providing RHI payments for 20 years.

More information about the show can be found via this link, including free ticket registration:  www.ukconstructionweek.com/energy-show  
Visitors are also encouraged to pre-book a time in advance for one to one discussions with Ashwell biomass experts.  Email sales@ashwellbiomass.com with your preferred date and time. 

Ashwell Biomass is one of the UK's original and leading biomass boiler specialists in the UK.  This year the company is celebrating 25 years working in the biomass industry.

More information on the company can be found at:  www.ashwellbiomass.com
More information about Enogia can be found at:  www.enogia.com

By J OWEN 08 Sep, 2017

Important changes to the RHI (Renewable Heat Incentive) scheme for domestic and non domestic installations have been ratified by Parliament and will come in to force on 20th September 2017

The changes are very similar to what was included in the RHI Reform document which came out at the end of 2016, with key information as follows:

Non domestic/Commercial RHI

Single band for all non domestic/commercial biomass boiler installations regardless of boiler output

Tariffs are 2.96p/kWh (Tier 1) and 2.08p/kWh (Tier 2)
Tier 1 extended to 35% of load factor (3,066 hours per annum)

The revised scheme will provide good returns on investment for those choosing a biomass installation.

The table below gives an indication of RHI return:

Boiler size

     New Scheme
     (£ payback per annum)

  New Scheme
  (£ payback over 20 years)
















Notes: Figures assume running hours of 3,066 annually and exclude annual increases linked to ROI

Domestic RHI

Revised rate of 6.54p/kWh for biomass boiler installations

Number of kWh per annum capped at 25,000, which equates to £1,635 per annum / £11,445 over the schemes 7 year period

As with the previous scheme an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) is required for the property to determine the heating and hot water load

For more information regarding how your property or business could benefit from installing a biomass boiler please contact Ashwell Biomass

info@ashwellbiomass.com / 0116 2604050 / www.ashwellbiomass.com




By J OWEN 08 Aug, 2017

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 your boiler?

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: info@ashwellbiomass.com / 0116 2604050.



By J OWEN 08 Aug, 2017

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. 


By J OWEN 31 Jul, 2017

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


By J OWEN 13 Jul, 2017
Having been put on hold by the snap election, it is understood implementation of the reformed RHI scheme will now be further delayed as it is unlikely to be presented before parliament until after the Summer recess.

The existing RHI scheme will continue to be open for new applicants, with the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) expected to give an update after the Parliamentary Summer recess. 

We will continue to provide updates as we get them.
By J OWEN 06 Jun, 2017
With the "Reformed" RHI currently on hold the existing RHI scheme will continue for the time being.  Ofgem have given details relating to non-domestic (commercial) RHI tariffs for biomass boiler installations/accreditations taking place from July 2017.

Non-domestic (Commercial) RHI scheme:
Small biomass (up to 199kW) reduced by 5%
Medium biomass (200 to 999kW) reduced by 10%
Large biomass to remain unchanged
Please note: It is expected all tariffs will fall in line with what has been proposed in the Government's Response to RHI Reform document published in December 2016 (ie 2.91p per kWh Tier 1 and 2.05p per kWh Tier 2). However, this will have to be presented to and passed by Parliament (post election) and be signed in to Law, before coming in to effect.

Tariffs from 1st July (per kWh):
Small commercial biomass (up to 199kW) Tier 1 – 2.71p, Tier 2 – .71p
Medium commercial biomass (200-999kW) Tier 1 – 4.79p, Tier 2 – 2.08p
Large commercial biomass (1,000kW +) Flat rate – 2.08p
Solid biomass CHP (1,000kW +) Flat rate – 4.29p

More information about the scheme can be found on the Ofgem website: www.ofgem.gov.uk/environmental-programmes

For more information about how you can benefit from a biomass boiler installation please contact us today.
Email: info@ashwellbiomass.com
Tel: 0116 2604050
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:   http://energyefficiencyawards.co.uk/
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: www.ofgem.gov.uk/environmental-programmes

For more information about how you can benefit from a biomass boiler installation please contact us today.
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