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Stoves and boilers
The simplest way of using many forms of biomass for energy is simply burning it. Doing so in an enclosure, in which the airflow is restricted, will be far more efficient than burning it in the open. This enclosure can be used to provide heat for the room it stands in (a stove) or, by heating water and pumping it through pipes, it can provide heat to several rooms, and/or domestic hot water (a boiler). This can even be extended to provide heat to several buildings from the same boiler, which is known as district heating.
Log Stoves and Boilers
Information about biomass heating systems that burn logs and comparable material
Pellet Stoves and Boilers
Information on boilers and stoves that run on wood pellets
Chip Boilers
Information about biomass boilers that run on wood chip
District heating
Information about using biomass to heat several buildings or apartments simultaneously, usually with an individual heat station in each one with a heat meter for accurate billing.
Combined heat and power (CHP)
Small scale electrical power generation is generally inefficient, producing a considerable amount of colateral heat. If this heat is also used then the overall efficiency of the system is increased considerably.
The Microgeneration Certification Scheme
Website for the Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS). Provides assessment and certification of renewable energy products and installers according to consistant standards. Award of a capital grant, such as under the Low Carbon Buildings Programme, or income under the Renewable Heat Incentive, is likely to require accreditation of both product and installer under the MCS.