Biomass Advantages and Disadvantages

 

Advantages:

 

Renewable Energy Source

Biomass energy is generated from organic material, plant or animal waste, which is burned to provide energy, e.g. heat & electricity. Since they come from living sources, these products potentially never run out which makes biomass a renewable energy source.

 

Better for the environment than fossil fuels

The burning of biomass does release carbon dioxide but captures carbon dioxide for its own growth. Carbon dioxide released by fossil fuel is released into the atmosphere and are harmful to the environment. Many energy sources struggle to control their carbon dioxide emissions as these can cause harm to the ozone layer and increase the effects of greenhouse gases.

 

Less Dependency on Fossil Fuels

Using biomass as an alternate source of fuel reduces our dependency on fossil fuels which is better for the planet and more cost effective.

 

Very Easily Available

Biomass is cheap and readily available source of energy. If the trees are replaced, biomass can be a long-term, sustainable energy source.

 

Reduce Landfills

By burning biomass for energy, we can take waste that is harmful to the environment and turn it into something useful.

Around six million tonnes of wood is wasted by being sent to landfill in the UK each year. This wood could be used in biomass boilers to heat homes and factories etc.

 

Renewable Heat Incentive

By installing a biomass boiler, you can get paid under the Renewable Heat Incentive, which is a Government-backed financial incentive to promote the use of renewable heat for both the domestic and commercial markets.

 

Disadvantages:

 

Cost

The initial cost of a biomass boiler is higher than a regular gas or oil boiler.

 

Space

Biomass boiler systems are generally larger than gas or oil boilers and require a separate storage area for fuel so therefore a large amount of space is required.

 

 

Good Investment

As you can see, the advantages outweigh the disadvantages on a biomass boiler and although the initial investment is high, the money you save on fuel and get back from the RHI can generate a good return from your investment.

It is possible to reduce your fuel bill by up to 60% with a biomass boiler and under the RHI you can expect approximately a 12% return per annum and this lasts for 20 years (7 years on domestic).