What is Biomass?


Biomass, a renewable energy source, is biological material from living, or recently living organisms, this can include wood chips, pellets and wood waste. Biomass is commonly grown to generate electricity or produce heat.

Biomass Wood Pellets


Although fossil fuels have their origin in ancient biomass, they are not considered biomass by the generally accepted definition because they contain carbon that has been "out" of the carbon cycle for a very long time.


Their combustion therefore disturbs the carbon dioxide content in the atmosphere.


Biomass Heating boilers offer a technically simple and cost effective means to heat buildings, whilst realising savings in carbon emissions.



Biomass energy is now considered one of the most viable alternative low carbon options - proven to reduce CO2 emissions by up to 90% compared with non renewable sources such as oil or gas.
Biomass is defined by any product which is more than 90% organic matter. It is a true green source of energy that includes wood chips to logs, wood pellets to wood waste as well as harvesting and processing of energy crops such as willow.

Benefits of using biomass as a sustainable fuel:

  • Biomass is known as a “carbon neutral” fuel, therefore doesn't produce the carbon emissions of fossil fuels.
  • Biomass can be sourced locally, from within the UK.
  • UK sourced biomass can offer local business opportunities and support the rural economy.
  • The establishment of local networks of production and usage allows financial and environmental costs of transport to be minimized. There is no region in the UK that cannot be a producer of biomass.
  • The use of biomass fuel provides an economic incentive to manage woodland which improves biodiversity.
  • This type of energy production has a limited effect on the environment because the carbon in biomass is part of the natural carbon cycle; while the carbon in fossil fuels is not, and permanently adds carbon to the environment when burned for fuel (carbon footprint).


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Go green and discover the savings you could make:

  • Using your on site generated wood waste not only defers waste from landfill but also provides free heat to your factory, workshop or offices
  • Reduction or elimination of wood waste disposal costs and landfill tax
  • Reduction or elimination of your heating bill
  • Potential eligibility for a renewable heat incentive
  • Reduction in your carbon footprint due to using a non-fossil fuel that is carbon neutral


The Renewable Heat Incentive

  • In November 2011 the Government launched a renewable heat incentive scheme to support investment into renewable heat technologies. The use of biomass or wood waste to produce heat meets the Government's criteria to receive this 'cash back'.
  • Depending on the size of your heating system you could claim up to 7.9p/kW for the renewable heat you produce for your factory or buildings.
  • The scheme is administered by Ofgem.
  • Once accredited your payments are guaranteed for 20 years!
  • For further information please email: hello@abacusorangeenergy.com or visit http://www.ofgem.gov.uk/e-serve/RHI/Pages/RHI.aspx

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