What I do
My work at the Biomass Energy Centre has given me a strong background in woodfuel production, and clean, renewable heating. Whether you're looking for advice on the environmental impact of biomass use, sustainable fuel production, or the best way to process logs for your own stove, I can probably help. Biomass works on a number of different scales and with different fuel types, which may or may not be appropriate for your situation. Since all projects will need tailoring to your specific needs I deal with them all individually, If you're not sure quite what you're looking for, or you're not sure if it's something I can help you with then get in touch and we can have a chat about it.
Biomass requirement estimates & cost analysis
How much fuel will you actually need? The actual energy embodied in a given weight or volume of woodfuel varies wildly depending on fuel type and moisture content. I can work with you to look at an estimate of fuel requirement for a boiler over time and establish a likely annual cost of of that fuel. I can also work with you to establish a likely volume and weight to establish robust fuel handling, and procurement strategies. I've spent a lot of time working with a range of different fuel suppliers across the country, and I can probably put you in touch with fuel suppliers who are able to meet any shortfall in your fuel production and procurement strategies.
Fuel supply-chain and marketing
Having wood is one thing, but turning it into a usable fuel is another. Producing good fuel might not be as arcane as some other products, but it does require a certain amount of experience to do it properly. I can work with you to establish and implement a sound supply chain with all the correct processing steps to ensure that what you're producing is fit for the boiler it's going to. This may be anything from you own log stove, to a large chip-fed system or anything in between.
Fuel yield assessments
You may have a piece of land which has been neglected for years or one which is in active sustainable management, but what does that actually mean in terms of energy output? I can work with you to establish the sustainable yield of fuel you could expect to receive from the woodland or heathland area, and what this means in energy.
How do you know the fuel you're buying (or selling) is good quality? Well, the simplest way is to make sure it is Woodsure certified. Woodsure is the UK's only quality assurance certification scheme for woodfuel, it allows sellers to show that they are selling quality fuel, and buyers to know that they are getting fuel from a reputable source. I do Woodsure audits for a range of clients, do give me a shout if you want to know more.
Biomass Suppliers List
To sell fuel to anyone who wishes to claim the Government's Renewable Heat Incentive you will need to be listed on the government-sponsored Biomass Suppliers List. This shows that you have evidence that the fuel you're selling is sustainable and legally felled. I have had a number of clients come to me to help them get listed, particularly those who need to do the detailed carbon calculations using specialised software. If you're having problems getting listed, then let me know, I've already worked with Balcas, Blazers Fuels, Land Energy and Verdo Renewables and I'd be happy to support you through the process.