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BEC Information sheets

Biomass pellets and briquettesBiomass pellets and briquettes
(PDF - 383 kB) Information on UK manufacturers of biomass pellets, stoves/boilers, grants and equipment distributors. Updated October 2011
Anaerobic digestionAnaerobic digestion
(PDF - 308 KB) Updated Sept 2009
Short Rotation Coppice (SRC)Short Rotation Coppice (SRC)
(PDF - 568 KB) Information about using willow, poplar, and native broadleaves for fuel production by coppicing. Updated Sept 2009
Combined heat and power (CHP)Combined heat and power (CHP)
(PDF - 290 kB) Information about small scale (below 2MWe) biomass CHP technologies and manufacturers.
Liquid biofuelsLiquid biofuels
(PDF - 312 KB) Updated Sept 2009
Co-firingCo-firing
(PDF - 276 KB) Updated Sept 2009
Domestic biomass heating - Info Sheet 7Domestic biomass heating - Info Sheet 7
(PDF - 3 MB) General information about using biomass for domestic scale heating. Compares different fuel options. Updated 2010
Domestic heating with pellets - Info Sheet 8Domestic heating with pellets - Info Sheet 8
(PDF - 1MB) Information about using wood pellets for domestic heating. Updated 2010
Domestic Heating with logs - Info Sheet  9Domestic Heating with logs - Info Sheet 9
(pdf 1MB) General information about heating your home with logs. Updated 2010
Wood as FuelWood as Fuel
(PDF - 1.7 MB) Information about using conventional firewood logs for domestic heating in both traditional log stoves and boilers, and modern, high efficiency batch type log boilers which offer a highly sophisticated central heating system. Updated 2010
Wood as Fuel - Technical Supplement for Fuel SuppliersWood as Fuel - Technical Supplement for Fuel Suppliers
(PDF - 968kB) This document is a technical supplement to Wood as Fuel, A Guide to Choosing and Drying Logs. It is aimed at log suppliers and individuals processing logs for their own use. Updated 2011.
Testing Moisture Content (Simple Method)Testing Moisture Content (Simple Method)
(PDF - 1.04 MB) A simple method for testing the moisture content of wood fuels.
Business & markets quick linksBusiness & markets quick links
(PDF - 127 kB) BEC Information Sheet 10. Some key websites for information on business and market related matters.
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Biomass FAQ

Biomass Energy Centre FAQ v1.0Biomass Energy Centre FAQ v1.0
Answers to some frequently asked questions about biomass (PDF - 404 kB)
Forestry Commission Woodfuel Questions and Answers
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Government Strategy



Bioenergy Strategy

The DECC Bioenergy Strategy was published on 26th April 2012 and can be downloaded from the DECC website here as a pdf (2.2 MB).

DECC Heat Strategy
The future of heating: A strategic framework for low carbon heat. A link to the Strategy page on the DECC website.



General, biomass related publications

Biomass and Climate BenefitsBiomass and Climate Benefits
A statement from AEBIOM, the European Biomass Association, concerning the climate benefits of biomass compared to fossil fuels, and their position on sustainability. (PDF - 306 kB)
Biomass heating: a practical guide for potential users
A publication aimed at businesses and public sector organisations interested in implementing a biomass heating project produced by the Carbon Trust. Available as PDF download from the Carbon Trust website (2.2 MB)
Biomass Task Force Report to GovernmentBiomass Task Force Report to Government
(PDF - 505 KB) Published in October 2005 this report made proposals aimed at optimising the use of biomass to help government meet a number of policy targets.
The Government's Response to the Biomass Task Force ReportThe Government's Response to the Biomass Task Force Report
(PDF - 639 KB) Published in April 2006 this document outlines how government will take forward recommendations made by the Biomass Task Force.
Government Response to the Biomass Task Force Report- Progress Report 2009
A final Progress Report on Implementation of the Government Response to the Biomass Task Force Report was published in June 2009.
The UK Renewable Energy StrategyThe UK Renewable Energy Strategy
(PDF - 3.9 MB) July 2009
Biomass as a renewable energy sourceBiomass as a renewable energy source
(PDF - 2.4 MB) This publication, produced by the Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution examines what is required in order to develop and deliver a successful biomass strategy.
Answers to ten Frequently Asked Questions about bioenergy, carbon sinks and their role in global climate changeAnswers to ten Frequently Asked Questions about bioenergy, carbon sinks and their role in global climate change
(PDF - 365 kB) Answers to ten frequently asked questions about bioenergy and its role in helping ameliorate climate change, published by the IEA (International Energy Agency) Bioenergy Task 38.
Forestry Commission Woodfuel Strategy for EnglandForestry Commission Woodfuel Strategy for England
(PDF - 4.0 MB) Published March 2007, the Forestry Commission England Strategy that set's out its target to deliver an additional 2 million tonnes of ‘woody’ biomass into a sustainable woodfuel industry by 2020.
Regulation of energy from solid biomass plantsRegulation of energy from solid biomass plants
(PDF - 883 KB) Published in May 2006. Clarification of the regulatory requirements of the use of biomass for energy recovery by the Environment Agency.
How much bioenergy can Europe produce without harming the environment?How much bioenergy can Europe produce without harming the environment?
A report from the European Environment Agency (PDF - 2.4 MB)
UK Biomass StrategyUK Biomass Strategy
(PDF - 3.6 MB)
Woodfuel meets the ChallengeWoodfuel meets the Challenge
(PDF - 1.5 MB) A Forestry Commission leaflet offering practical information about using woodfuel.
Wood fuel for warmthWood fuel for warmth
(PDF - 1.9 MB) Published by the Sustainable Development Commission Scotland in 2005. Includes price comparisons, barriers and discussion of the supply chain and greenhouse gas and employment benefits.
Woodfuel heating in the North of EnglandWoodfuel heating in the North of England
(PDF - 2.1 MB) A publication from the National Non-food Crops Centre. A practical guide, covering technologies, options, costs, contract options and case studies.
Waste wood as a biomass fuelWaste wood as a biomass fuel
(PDF - 304 KB) A Defra Market Information Report: April 2008
Greenhouse gas benefits of small-scale biomass heating systems in the UKGreenhouse gas benefits of small-scale biomass heating systems in the UK
(PDF - 372 kB) A publication from the IEA (International Energy Agency) Bioenergy Task 38 on the greenhouse gas benefits of small scale biomass heating in the UK.
Biomass as a Renewable Energy Resource (RCEP)Biomass as a Renewable Energy Resource (RCEP)
This publication, produced by the Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution examines what is required in order to develop and deliver a successful biomass strategy. (PDF - 2.4 MB)
Wood for Energy posterWood for Energy poster
A colourful poster intended for schools and the general public, available from the Biomass Energy Centre as an A1 poster. (PDF - 1.0 MB)
Woodfuel Information PackWoodfuel Information Pack
Information about production and use of woodfuel for energy from the Forestry Commission. In PDF format (1.7 MB)

This is also available in a loose leaf ring binder format for £10 from the Forestry Commission. Please visit www.forestry.gov.uk/fr/INFD-66SHAG for details.

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Videos

Woodfuel - Energy that grows on trees
MP4 video format 36.9MB
Woodfuel - Energy that grows on trees
WMV video format 42.1 MB
The World is Hot Enough
A video on the effects on woodlands from climate change with examples of adapatation and mitigation. (wmv video format Large file! 665MB)
Woodfuel Harvesting in Finland
A video on woodfuel harvesting in Finland from the AFO (Activating Private Forest Owners) project. On YouTube.
Wood for energy in South Yorkshire
A video on the use of wood for energy in South Yorkshire from the AFO (Activating Private Forest Owners) project. A YouTube video.

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