December 01, 2019
Biomass advantages, disadvantages and UK incentives

Power can be produced by burning biomass instead of fossil fuels, thus greatly decreasing the amount of C02 released into the atmosphere. This technology is one of the easiest to adopt and while it’s not 100% clean, it’s much less damaging than the traditional energy sources and can be described as carbon neutral when proper safeguards are applied. 

Major advantages:

  • Abundant and easily available fuel
  • Suitable for producing electricity or powering vehicles
  • Relies completely on organic materials

Major disadvantages:

  • Still releases some carbon into the atmosphere
  • Production of biomass for fuel requires a lot of land and water
  • Requires advanced technology for cleaner operation

Available incentives in the UK:

  • Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) – biomass boilers are on the list of heat-producing technologies covered by RHI, making their owners eligible for cash payments proportional to the amount of heat generated. The rates are up to 12% per annum for boilers deployed in non-domestic buildings, payable over a period of 20 years, while the rates for domestic applications of biomass technologies can be even higher.
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