Bio Energy Updates

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.

Bio Energy: is it for you?


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.

Sharing the UK Knowledge on Bio Energy

IIndependent websites that promote Bio Energy and other renewable energies

 

Bio-Mass Energy


http://www.eia.doe.gov/kids/energyfacts/sources/renewable/biomass.html
http://www.eia.doe.gov/cneaf/solar.renewables/page/biomass/biomass.html
http://www.esitenn.com/project/project.asp?id=6&gclid=CNfPgM_-4JICFQ-DIgodLSAT7g
http://www.ucsusa.org/clean_energy/renewable_energy_basics/offmen-how-biomass-energy-works.html
http://www.apollo-solar-panels.com//

Enviro-Innovate

EnviroInnovate is a partnership of West Midlands Universities, which offers subsidised consultancy to SMEs in the region for environmental challenges they face.

Sustainable Technology Solutions

Sustainable Technology Solutions Ltd are independent consultants in renewable energy, waste management and engineering systems. The company consists of a highly qualified and multi-disciplinary team, with over twenty years of academic and industrial experience working for both private and public sector clients.

The Natural Energy Company

The Natural Energy Company is independent, professionally accredited and authorised to carry out comprehensive home energy surveys to SAP and NHER standards. The Home Energy Survey includes heat loss assessment, Carbon Dioxide emissions, bahaviour analysis and a thermal imagery survey to illustrate defects with insulation and draught proofing measures. The company also arranges installation of alternative energy systems.

Martineau Johnson

Martineau Johnson provide advice on a wide range of contractual and regulatory issues as well as providing consultancy services. Areas that Martineau Johnson have been involved in include:
•Climate change and renewable energy, where they have worked on onshore and offshore windfarm projects, and greenhouse gas emissions trading markets and for funiture.
•Biofuels, where they have designed tax efficient funding structures for capital projects involving processing facilities to meet the growing market for bioethanol and biodiesel.

Greenfields Consulting

Greenfields Consulting specialises in advice for those seeking low carbon, sustainable energy solutions or companies wishing to offer products in to this rapidly growing market. Biomass is a particular area of expertise.

ADAS

ADAS is a leading researdh-based consultancy to the food and drink sector and rural and land-based industries throughout the UK and internationally.

Our core disciplines encompass:
•The living, growing environment
•Sustainable rural development
•Biomess/biofuel renewables and wind energy planning
•Carbon management and footprinting
•Sustainable waste management
•Sustainable land management, land use and agricultural systems
•Sustainable Crop management
•Animal Health and Welfare

Vollmer Engineering - Sustainable Building Services

Vollmer Engineering can provide cost comparisons for a range of different systems and investigate the feasibility of renewable-energy systems for a particular situation. This company also provides advice as well as project planning and management for installing renewable energy systems.


Inenco

Inenco is a market leading consultancy specialising in energy management, sustainability and environmental services

Green Energy Supplies (GESCO)
Green Energy Supplies (GESCO) offers renewable energy solutions to homes, businesses and communities. The company offers advice on your requirements and can provide technology packages to customers in UK and Ireland, offering a range of renewable energy technologies that can be tailored to suit your needs and budgets.

Sustainable Technology Solutions

Sustainable Technology Solutions Ltd are independent consultants in renewable energy, waste management and engineering systems. The company consists of a highly qualified and multi-disciplinary team, with over twenty years of academic and industrial experience working for both private and public sector clients.

http://www.sustainabletechnology.co.uk

The Natural Energy Company

The Natural Energy Company is independent, professionally accredited and authorised to carry out comprehensive home energy surveys to SAP and NHER standards. The Home Energy Survey includes heat loss assessment, Carbon Dioxide emissions, bahaviour analysis and a thermal imagery survey to illustrate defects with insulation and draught proofing measures. The company also arranges installation of alternative energy systems.

 

Quick Facts

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.

 

Thinking about going Bio Green?

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.

 

Bio News

 

14/7/12

A much needed update to the links section - We've removed some and changed others. Please let us know if you find anything still broken

 

20/2/12
We have changed the location of the "supplier search" function to the header bar. This should make it a bit easier to find. We have also fixed a bug which has been affecting the homepage formatting. As ever contact us if you have any problems.

22/1/12
We are now revised, updated and also available in a text only format. We've also changed the way the supplier search function works so it should now work if you have a pop-up blocker installed.

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