Biomass fuel

Biomass Fuel Gaining Government Support

Biomass Fuel Gaining Government Support

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

Here at PH Winterton and Son, we know the benefit of using a renewable energy source such as biomass fuel and how it impacts our environment. It has recently been announced that the UK government will be investing £4 million in biomass products across 24 projects. For this blog, we will tell you all you need to know about this investment and why biomass remains the best sustainable energy source. What was announced? Projects (including start-ups and family-run businesses to research institutes and universities, will receive funding of up to £200,0000 from the Government’s Biomass Feedstocks Innovation Programme to produce low-carbon energy using organic materials. These projects will boost the productivity of biomass in the UK, with projects such as breeding, planting, cultivating and harvesting organic energy materials. UK Energy Minister Lord Callanan said, “We are backing UK innovators to ensure we have a homegrown supply of biomass materials, which is part of our wider plans to continue driving down carbon emissions as we build back greener.” UK Net Zero business champion Andrew Griffith added, “Innovation is crucial to achieving a low carbon future and it’s fantastic that the UK is home to so much world-leading entrepreneurial talent that will help us meet our climate change commitments.” Trusted suppliers of Biomass Fuel Here at PH Winterton, we are proud to be part of the approved Biomass Supplier List from the UK government. The Biomass Suppliers List (BSL) was introduced in April 2014 by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), which was formerly the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC). Using biomass fuel pellets allows participants in the Renewable Heating Incentive (RHI) to easily demonstrate to Ofgem that the fuel used in biomass boilers meets the RHI sustainability criteria needed to claim their RHI payments. The fuel you will receive from PH Winterton is environmentally friendly and highly efficient meaning you will save money on energy bills whilst protecting the environment. All of the sawmill waste we create our biomass pellets with is of uniform size and debris-free from harmful contaminants such as metal which reduces emissions of the gases responsible for acid rain plus cut down CO2 emissions. If you have any questions, please do...

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Understanding the difference between biomass fuel wood chip and wood pellets

Understanding the difference between biomass fuel wood chip and wood pellets

By on Sep 9, 2021 in Biomass fuel, Blog |

If you have decided to start using biomass fuel as your main heating source, you may not know that there is both wood chip and wood pellets available for the boilers. Here at PH Winterton, we specialise in wood pellets, sourced from our sawmill waste collection service. For our latest post, we will look at the differences between the two types of biomass fuel. Wood Chip Biomass Fuel Explained Wood chips are small pieces of wood that have been cut to between 5mm and 50mm and are used instead of larger twigs and dust-like particles If large twigs are included they can block the wood chip boiler feed system and if they are too small (as in dust-like particles) they can upset the combustion of the boiler. The same situation can occur from high bark content, meaning care is needed in the quality of the wood chip, which is dictated by the raw material, chipper type and sharpness of blade plus handling. In order to produce wood chip fuel, trees are coppiced and the offcuts are chipped and then dried until the chip moisture meets required standards Wood Pellet Fuel Explained Wood pellets are made up of sawdust or fine shavings of wood extruded under pressure so that the wood resin binds the material into cylindrical shapes between 6mm and 10mm in diameter and 10mm and 30mm long No artificial chemicals are added to wood pellets but starch or cornflour is sometimes used to improve stability. This results in a high-density fuel with low moisture contents, which is less bulky to transport and store Choosing between these fuel types is often made during the planning of your boiler system design. The transport and storage needed will often dictate which fuel type you decide on. What are the benefits of biomass wood fuels? Can be compacted into deliverable packets which can be easily delivered and stored at sites Less variation in moisture content and physical form Flow characteristics make them easier to deliver Are there any other considerations? Biomass boilers can be set up for both wood pellet and wood chip fuels, which allows for future flexibility in supply. In order to change fuel types, the boiler needs to be...

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Time to switch to biomass fuel as winter approaches

Time to switch to biomass fuel as winter approaches

By on Aug 31, 2021 in Biomass fuel, Blog |

We are now nearly three-quarters of the way through the year, meaning the weather will soon be changing and temperatures dropping. This makes our heating more important than ever, and one of the eco-friendly ways to heat your home is using biomass fuel boilers. PH Winterton is one of the most experienced suppliers of biomass wood pellets for customers across the country. We are proud to be part of the authorised Biomass Suppliers List, plus continuing to supply the best animal bedding. For this blog, we will explore biomass as a heating resource in greater detail. Biomass fuel – Sustainable and renewable heating source Our products are high quality, but that does not mean we need to fell forests in order to produce. PH Winterton acquires our wood pellets using our sawmill waste collection service to create this unique fuel source. We work with sawmills nationwide to repurpose their high-quality wood shavings and chips into wood pellets, meaning you receive a top-quality product but without any harm to the environment. The most compelling principle of biomass is that it is renewable plus its remarkable consistency and burn efficiency of pellet fuel produces a fraction of the particulate emissions of raw biomass. Pellet burners feature the lowest particulate matter emissions of all solid fuels burners. Biomass is virtually limitless and has proven to be price stable when compared to fossil fuels. Pellet manufacturers such as PH Winterton take by-products such as wood waste and refine them into pencil-sized pellets that are uniform in size, shape, moisture density and energy content. Because moisture levels are lower than in raw biomass, this means wood pellets can be handled easier in freezing situations. Also, the density of pellet fuel is substantially higher than raw biomass which means it can be transported and stored more widely. This can be in rail cars or delivered in truck containers. Get in touch for more information If you have any questions about biomass fuel, please do not hesitate to contact PH Winterton today. Our team of specialists will be more than happy to...

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Are biomass fuel wood pellets renewable?

Are biomass fuel wood pellets renewable?

By on Jun 6, 2021 in Biomass fuel, Blog |

It is vital for the long-term generation that biomass fuel pellets are sourced from responsibly managed forests and other industries (such as sawmills) that protect the environment and don’t contribute to deforestation. Sustainable wood pellets are considered carbon-neutral at the point of combustion. When biomass pellets are combusted, the same amount of atmospheric CO2 is released. The overall amount of CO2 in the atmosphere will remain neutral, unlike fossil fuels which release ancient carbon that has fallen out of the natural carbon cycle a long time ago. Sustainable bioenergy is a low carbon, lifecycle emissions including supply chain CO2 are included, and could possibly turn it into a source of negative emissions, with the addition of carbon capture technology. How is biomass fuel used? As a heating resource biomass fuel is typically used for heating small groups of houses, large individual houses, schools, or glasshouses where heat is not readily available. Biomass boilers have different tolerances of wet fuel, with most running on wood pellets with a moisture content above 30%. Biomass combustion takes place in four stages which can happen simultaneously – The facts about biomass pellets Biomass pellets (such as ones provided by PH Winterton) produce 80% less CO2 emissions when combusted than coal, plus lower levels of sulfur, chlorine, nitrogen. Wood pellets have an energy density of 11 gigajoules/m3, compared to 3 gigajoules/m3 from fresh wood or wood chips, according to data from the International Renewable Energy Agency Global wood pellet consumption for heating, plus power, reached 35 million tonnes in 2018 (excluding China) When used in high-efficiency wood pellet stoves and boilers, biomass pellets offer a combustion efficiency of up to 85% Get in touch with any questions If you have any questions about biomass fuel wood pellets, please do not hesitate to contact P.H Winterton today. We offer both P16 and P35 biomass wood pellets for customers all over the...

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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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