The growing demand for commercial biomass boilers isn’t surprising when you look at the energy savings that can be achieved by using one, compared to traditional commercial boilers. The actual savings that can be achieved from installing a commercial biomass boiler will vary and is dependant on the existing type of fuel used.
The biggest savings come from transferring from oil to biomass, where typically oil was historically the only choice for building was off grid and typical savings can be as high as 48%. For electricity boilers this drops down to 30% savings and 20% savings for gas boilers.
Commercial Biomass boilers are more energy efficient than oil, gas and electricity and are operated with the use of wood chips or pellets. Consideration is needed for the storage facilities required for a biomass boiler as the wood chips or pellets need to be kept dry. The quality of wood chip can vary and generally will take up more space than using pellets and there are also higher maintenance costs associated with wood chips.
We would recommend the use of a boiler that uses wood pellet over wood chip as over the life of the boiler this is the most cost effective route. A commercial biomass boiler can be up to 50% more energy efficient than a traditional gas boiler.