Shorts launches biomass supply and maintenance package
By Rebecca Waller-Davies | 16 Feb, 2012
Shorts estimates, over an operating life of 20 years, a biomass boiler can potentially generate a cash benefit of more than £500,000. This calculation is based on a 500kW biomass boiler running eight hours per day for five days per week for six months of the year.
£75,000 of this amount would be saved by using wood chips instead of gas while the RHI tariff would generate £684,000 over 20 years. The £250,000 initial capital outlay would be paid back in 8 years.
National sales manager Mike Wheeler said: “Biomass is certainly not a fit and forget option as it needs good planning at design stage… a planned maintenance programme is essential over the lifetime of the equipment to ensure efficiency and a cost effective system.”
RHI offers financial support scheme for biomass, solar thermal, ground source heat pumps and biomethane. A total of £860 million will be available for the period up to 2014/2015, with guaranteed tariff levels for 20 years.
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