What the CHG means for biomass

In light of the Clean Heat Grant (CHG) proposal, Bruce Allen, HETAS CEO shares his thoughts on what this means for biomass.

What biomass installations are covered by the grant, and what isn’t?

It is proposed that the Clean Heat Grant will cover biomass installations to provide space and water heating in certain circumstances where a heat pump isn’t suitable for the property. For example, research suggests that around 20% of off gas grid fossil fuel homes are not currently suitable for low temperature heat pumps and are better suited to high temperature heating that can be provided by a biomass system.

The grant will support one biomass installation per household up to a capacity of 45kW, this is to ensure the scheme is focused on the delivery of smaller installations. It is expected that larger biomass installations will be covered by a different funding scheme.

A 45kW capacity limit is also consistent with that covered by the Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS) for a single renewable heating product. It therefore provides a framework for ensuring installation and product standards.

What is the HETAS response to the consultation?

Based on the findings of HETAS’ own scientific research, we believe there is a need to take urgent and decisive action to reduce UK particulate and carbon emissions. Modern low emissions biomass equipment can reduce environmental impact when replacing older solid fuel and fossil fuel appliances. As such, we work hard to help consumers make more informed choices about the energy they use at home, specifically what fuel and appliances they use and how they’re maintained.

We are supportive of the consultation and the inclusion of domestic biomass appliances under the Clean Heat Grant. Modern biomass boilers are highly efficient and are often much easier to install and use then alternative low carbon technologies.