Biomass fuel

What are biomass fuel wood pellets and what are they used for?

What are biomass fuel wood pellets and what are they used for?

By on May 30, 2021 in Biomass fuel, Blog |

If you’ve never used biomass fuel wood pellets before you may wonder what they can be used for? Through our sawmill waste collection service, P.H Winterton and Son are able to transform this wood into pellets that can be used to fuel biomass boilers; a renewable energy source. For this blog, we will cover the most commonly asked questions about wood pellets and give you the answers you need. How are wood pellets made? Biomass pellets are made from either wood residue (sawdust, shavings, and offcuts, which are all by-products of wood processing), or from freshly cut timber especially felled for the production of wood pellets. Extremely high temperatures are used to dry the material and it is then compacted using a pelletizer. The naturally occurring organic binders in the wood are being utilised in the process, meaning that no artificial additives are needed. The final product is a uniform pellet, usually 6mm in diameter for use in domestic situations. This size makes this biomass fuel easy to transport, handle, and store. Usually, the moisture content of wood pellets is less than 8%. All wood that is used for producing biomass pellets is untreated and sustainably grown. What are wood pellets used for? Wood pellets are a sustainable alternative to charcoal, firewood, oil, and gas in heating, cooking, boiler, and power plants. Another alternative for these wood pellets is animal bedding such as in horse stalls. Biomass Fuel Wood Pellets from P.H Winterton Wood pellets are a clean-burning and sustainable form of energy with the lowest ash residue of any wood fuel. If you are considering investing in biomass, get in touch with P.H Winterton now to enquire about our wood pellets. Our team of experts would be more than happy to answer any questions you may have too. Our animal bedding products can also be used for chicken coops and cow...

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What are Wood Fuel Pellets?

What are Wood Fuel Pellets?

By on Apr 25, 2021 in Biomass fuel, Blog |

Here at PH Winterton and Son, we believe wood pellets are the future of wood heating. We supply wood fuel pellets as biomass fuel for a number of our customers looking for a renewable energy source. Because of their consistent size, energy content and moisture content they can be used in automated stoves and boilers. Wood pellet stoves and boilers light themselves when needed, typically using a small electric ignitor that comes on for a short space of time. The oxygen supply can be well controlled which means that pellet stoves and boilers are highly efficient and burn with low emissions. They are typically 80-90% efficient and produce very little ash so when it comes time to sweep your chimney you will barely notice the difference. The pellets are fairly easy to move mechanically using an auger, which feeds the fire as needed. This allows the pellet stove to regulate its own heat output. How are Wood Pellets Made? Wood pellets consist of compressed sawdust or wood dust produced by sawmills. PH Winterton sources our biomass fuel pellets as part of our sawmill waste collection service. The pellets are held together by the natural lignin in the wood. Lignin makes up roughly a quarter of dry wood, which strengthens the wood’s waterproofing properties. Their low moisture content makes them a good source of energy because very little of the energy in the pellets is used to evaporate moisture. The wood is first made into the dust of a consistent size using a hammer-milling machine with the sawdust compressed under great pressure and forced through holes. This is a hot process and the natural lignin in the sawdust melts and binds the dust together. This holds the pellet in shape and gives it the characteristic sheen on the outside. Need More Information on Biomass Fuel? Contact Us Now If you need any more information about wood fuel pellets or have any questions about biomass fuel in general, please do not hesitate to get in touch with PH Winterton today. For over 60 years we have been the leading provider of horse and poultry bedding for clients all over the...

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What are the main components of Biomass Fuel Boilers?

What are the main components of Biomass Fuel Boilers?

By on Apr 11, 2021 in Biomass fuel, Blog |

Biomass fuel encompasses a number of materials that include wood and agricultural residues. These materials can be used for heating buildings and to a lesser extent for producing power or a combination of heat and power. Biomass systems require more operator information than other forms of renewable energy such as solar or wind. A small amount of maintenance plus an annual inspection and cleaning means the system can provide heating when needed. Additionally, biomass combustion produces emissions that have to be monitored to make sure they comply with government regulations. What are the different parts of a Biomass system? There are a number of key components to a biomass system which includes the following – Fuel storage and handling or conveying. Combustor Boiler Fire suppression systems Pumps Fans Exhaust controls System controls Automatic ash handling (optional feature) Back up boiler Heat distribution system All biomass systems require storage for fuel as well as a way of handling the fuel. Systems that use wood chips or pellets will be stored in silos or a bunker with an automated system that moves fuel from the storage area to the combustion area. PH Winterton recommends that storage areas hold a minimum of three days of fuel. The day hopper is the last part of the fuel handling system and controls the rate at which the fuel is delivered to the boiler. Wood pellet or log systems the heat created by the boiler can be used to directly heat the air or used to heat water, acting as a medium by which the heat is delivered. Fire suppression systems help to prevent fire from the combustor travelling back up the conveyor system where fuel is stored. This type of system can also include temperature sensors and water-delivery or control systems to put out fires before they spread throughout the whole system. Biomass Fuel from PH Winterton P.H Winterton and Son first started supplying biomass fuel to assist joineries with getting rid of surplus wood and market the sawmill waste as a product. Biomass fuel has since become increasingly popular due to its low energy densities. We use grade A wood residue that can be burnt for industrial heating and electricity. Contact Us With...

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Biomass Fuel Helps with Net Zero Emissions Target

Biomass Fuel Helps with Net Zero Emissions Target

By on Apr 4, 2021 in Biomass fuel, Blog |

Biomass fuel will play a large role in net zero emissions targets set out by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS). A document published by the BEIS includes a Biomass Strategy in 2022, with biomass being defined as any material of biological origin which is used as a fuel for bioenergy. This includes conventional combustion, gasification, energy from waste and low-carbon fuels like biofuels or hydrogen, or in products such as chemicals, bio-plastics and materials. New Biomass Strategy Explained A spokesperson for BEIS told industry press, “Biomass has played a prominent role in our efforts to decarbonise the economy and the context for its use has changed since our initial 2012 strategy. “We have launched a call for evidence to look at how and where sustainable biomass can best be used” “To reflect our ambitious target of eliminating our contribution to climate change by 2050, we have launched a call for evidence to look at how and where sustainable biomass can best be used.” According to recent statistics, a significant portion of the supply of biomass consists of wastes and residues (such as sawmill waste). Recognised Suppliers of Biomass Fuel PH Winterton and Son are part of the UK government’s recognised Biomass Supplier List, which allows persons who have signed up for the Renewable Heating Incentive (RHI) to receive a discount on heating bills. Being part of this scheme reaffirms us as a trusted supplier of a renewable heating source for customers right across the country. Get in Touch With Any Questions If you have any questions about biomass fuel from P.H Winterton, please do not hesitate to contact us now. As a family-run business, with over 60 years of experience, you are guaranteed friendly and expert advice which will help you choose the best product for...

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Why Biomass Fuel Boilers are Essential

Why Biomass Fuel Boilers are Essential

By on Mar 15, 2021 in Biomass fuel, Blog |

Biomass fuel boilers offer a great renewable and sustainable heating solution, which can also give users savings on energy bills. Since the start of the Renewable Heating Incentive new build properties and conversions have been employing biomass boilers more and more, especially in larger buildings. Biomass is also now included in the Green Homes Grant scheme. For this blog, we will explain biomass energy in greater detail. Biomass Explained Biomass boilers burn natural materials such as wood pellets, chips or logs to provide heating and power hot water boilers. In brief, biomass is any organic material that can be used as fuel and in the UK and European domestic markets wood pellet boilers are easily the most commonly used. The main biomass products used in homes are wood-based due to the potential clean burn. Biomass is a carbon-neutral fuel as CO2 is absorbed by trees as they grow through photosynthesis, which also removes CO2 from the atmosphere. CO2 is emitted when the fuel burns, with the amount measured as equal to that absorbed during growth plus any additional carbon produced while manufacturing and transporting the fuel source. Wood pellets are the most consistent biomass fuel as they are usually very even sizes with the density automatically fed into the burner plus its easy to store and they have very low ash content. PH Winterton‘s range of wood pellets is made from sawmill waste, with the wood being compressed and converted to sawdust before being compressed into pellets. Talk to the Experts If you are looking to add a renewable heating source to your next construction project, get in touch with PH Winterton and Son to discuss biomass fuel in greater detail. We are part of the government’s approved Biomass Supplier List, which allows members of the Renewable Heating Incentive to receive discounts on their heating bills by using a renewable energy product. Don’t forget we also provide a Sawmill Waste collection service to ensure we continue to provide biomass wood pellets...

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Investment in Biomass Fuel is the Future

Investment in Biomass Fuel is the Future

By on Mar 8, 2021 in Biomass fuel, Blog |

Biomass energy projects in the UK are set to receive £4 million of Government funding, making it a great time to start using biomass fuel. As one of the leader suppliers of P16 and P35 grade biomass energy, PH Winterton understands the importance of investing in renewable energy sources. What Does This News Mean for Biomass Fuel Users? The investment from the government is aiming to increase the production of sustainably sourced biomass in the UK, which supports local economies and regional growth with the aim to create jobs in rural areas. Energy Minister Anne-Marie Trevelyan commented, “The UK’s energy innovators have been vital to us becoming a world-leader in clean green technology, helping us to go further and faster as we tackle climate change. “The funding will allow us to develop new ways of unlocking the potential for green energy as we continue making big strides towards our goal of eradicating our contribution to climate change by 2050.” This project is part of a wider scheme to support the UK’s transition to clean and green energy whilst tackling climate change, including biomass energy production, energy storage technology and floating offshore wind. Trusted Suppliers of Renewable Energy PH Winterton and Son are proud to be part of the UK government’s Biomass Supplier List, which lists the approved suppliers of renewable energy across the country. This resource allows Renewable Heating Incentive (RHI) participants to easily demonstrate to Ofgem that the fuel they are using in their biomass boilers meets the RHI sustainability criteria required to claim their RHI payments. Get in Touch With Any Questions If you would like to know more about biomass fuel before investing, please do not hesitate to contact PH Winterton today. Our team of specialists will be more than happy to assist you. We are also the leading supplier of equine and animal bedding for customers right across the...

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