What Is Biomass Energy and What Is the Biomass Boiler Costs?
Biomass energy is considered a key to the future. Installation of biomass boilers is in constant growth in the UK market, both domestically and commercially. Private households, hotels, schools, hospitals, holiday cottages and land based business are just some of the examples where installation of biomass systems has made sense.
Most people are aware of all the advantages of biomass systems, but do you know what the real costs when installing a biomass boiler are?
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The installation of a domestic biomass boiler in a residence costs about £12,000 which is about ten times higher than the installation price of gas or oil boiler systems. The primary costs of installation are one of the main reasons why the number of boiler sales is still not reaching its full potential.
The price range differs for automatic biomass boilers, where the wood fuel is fed automatically into the boiler, and manual biomass boilers where the fuel needs to be fed into the furnace by hand. Manual biomass boilers are cheaper, and their price is often below £7,000. Automatic biomass boilers can cost from £7,000 to £13,000.
Commercial biomass boilers are even more costly, and for instance, a large hospital would need to invest approximately £400,000 in order to provide both heating and hot water just by using a biomass system.
When calculating the total cost of the biomass system installation, it is important to take into consideration the costs of the fuel. In fact, wood pellets, which are the most common wood fuel for biomass boilers, typically cost between £150 and £200 per tonne. The average household in the UK requires approximately 11 tonnes of wood pellets per year, and if delivered in bulk, it may cost around £190 per tonne.