An explanation of the different types of fuel that can be classed as biomass and a comparison with oil and gas in terms of the volume of carbon dioxide emissions produced and cost per kilowatt hour.

Wood chip and wood pellets are the most widely used commercial biomass fuel. As well as examining four ways it can be delivered and stored, the large initial capital expenditure required for biomass is discussed.

Case studies demonstrate the potential carbon dioxide savings of developments and the cost per dwelling of its installation. The programme concludes with a round-up of the key considerations faced by clients when deciding if biomass is appropriate for their development.

About the contributor

Chris Miles is the Managing Director of Econergy, one of the UK's leading suppliers of wood-fuelled boilers, biomass district heating and energy services.

As well as being a director of Midland Wood Fuel Supply Limited, Chris is also on the board of the Renewable Energy Association (REA).

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