There are a number of local and regional examples and initiatives underway to promote the sustainable use of bioenergy sources for heat and electricity generation.
The greatest focus appears to be in the wood energy sector where there is already good potential and enthusiasm within the region to expand the wood fuel sector.
What sorts of fuel can I use? Is it all logs? There are a variety of fuels available: Wood Chips, Wood pellets, Logs, Straw, Miscanthus and grain.
What is a wood pellet? This fuel is made from the same kind of clean sawdust that is used for pet bedding. The sawdust is heated and compressed into hard pellets and should be dust free. No binders and glues are added. If any water gets into the pellets, they fall apart very quickly so suppliers take great care to keep them dry.
Is there some form of standard for the fuel? A new British standard has been published (number CEN335) we expect this to become an ISO standard in 2012
What are energy crops? Energy crops are species, which are grown specifically to burn for energy. They include willow and poplar trees, which are grown as a "short rotation coppice" (SRC) and cut every three years to provide wood fuel. Other energy crops include oil-seed rape which is crushed to provide the raw material for Biodiesel and Miscanthus
What is Miscanthus? Miscanthus is a species of elephant grass grown for biomass. To picture what it looks like imagine a cross between pampas grass from the front garden and bamboo. This species grows to about 15ft high when it is left to dry, cut and baled. Power stations involved in co-firing are the main users of Miscanthus and grants are available to plant it under the energy crop scheme
Reverse Auction: Part of this management includes entering your energy bills into a reverse energy auction. This works the same way as a normal auction, but the bids get lower, not bigger! The top 800 energy companies bid for your energy contract and you decide which one is best for you.
Apollo Energy Tech can also help you become CRC compliant and ISO50001 accredited.
What does "arboricultural" mean? "Arboriculture is the selection, planting and care of individual trees, shrubs, vines, and other perennial woody plants, and the study of how they grow and respond to cultural practices and the environment. " It is usually used in reference to urban tree surgery work, as opposed to "silviculture" which is the management of whole woodlands.
What is Bio Energy?
Bioenergy is energy derived from biomass, which is organic material such as wood, plants, or animal wastes. Bioenergy can be used to generate electricity, produce heat, and also for the production of biofuels. The three main areas of bioenergy are discuss here.
Using heat logs and wood briquettes is an extremely efficient way of heating your home or other buildings. Heat logs take all the left over saw dust and cuttings from saw mills and compress them into small, burnable logs.
They no longer have the moisture in them like other logs, so they are far more efficient, producing almost no smoke or ash, meaning less waste product and more energy.
Because they are made from wood which would only have gone to landfill, they are a fantastic resource that is helping the planet. Take a look at this website for more details, and to see different prices for different heatlogs and wood briquettes.
What are "arboricultural arisings?" Arboricultural arisings are material that has been produced as a result of arboriculture. They consist of tree prunings, hedge trimmings and other woody and green waste. The wood component of this potentially a valuable resource for conversion into wood fuel.
How much do Wood Pellets cost: Unlike other forms of renewable energy such as wind or solar power, biomass systems require you to pay for the fuel. Pellets typically cost between £120 - £180 /tonne and pellets cost less at £50 - £80 /tonne. Fuel costs also depend on the distance from your supplier and whether you can buy in large quantities.
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Unlike other forms of renewable energy such as wind or solar power, biomass systems require you to pay upfront for the fuel. Pellets typically cost between £130 - £190 /tonne and pellets cost less at £60 - £90 /tonne. Fuel costs also depend on the distance from your supplier and whether you can buy in large quantities.
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