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Installing BIOMASS systems
System suitability and fuel supply, storage and delivery are important issues that must be considered. There are also a number of regulations relating to the installation of solid fuel heating systems that apply to biomass systems.
Issues to consider

Before installing a biomass energy system there are a number of considerations that should always be made:

  • Is a biomass system suitable for this application?  Is the heat demand likely to be suitable?
  • Where will the fuel be supplied from, and what are its characteristics?
  • Where can the fuel be stored and how can it be delivered to that store?
More about installation issues
Regulations

There are a number of regulations relating to the installation of solid fuel heating systems that apply to biomass systems.  Many are derived from those originally drawn up for coal and smokeless fuel systems and may be imperfectly suited for modern biomass systems, which can cause difficulties.

These include:

  • BS EN 303 Part 5:1999
  • Building Regulations
  • Clean Air Act.
More information about regulations
Installers

These include:

  • Supplier/installers
  • Supplier/installers with fuel supply contract
  • Energy supply company (ESCO).
More information about installers of biomass systems
Installer training

There is a growing number of specialist courses available around the country, covering the installation of biomass heating systems. There is a list of such courses available from the link below.

Installer training courses

Biomass Energy Centre FAQ v1.0Biomass Energy Centre FAQ v1.0
Answers to some frequently asked questions about biomass (PDF - 404 kB)
List of typical failures and shortcomings with respect to boiler installations List of typical failures and shortcomings with respect to boiler installations
A report published by the Austrian Energy Agency with a list of common faults and pitfalls when installing biomass systems. (pdf 198 kb)