An increase in the development
and distribution of biomass district heating networks can help the UK achieve
its net zero targets for the domestic heating sector; one of the hardest
sectors to decarbonise. With almost half of the UK’s total spending on energy
going towards heating our homes, not only would transforming the way we heat
our buildings significantly reduce our carbon footprint, but there could be
some significant cost savings as well. The biomass most often used in
these systems are wood pellets, as well as wood chips, wood shavings and logs.
There are other types of ‘biomass’ of course, such as agricultural
residues, wastes and crops, industrial and municipal waste products, food waste
and algae, however this article focuses on the use of woody biomass for
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