Biomass with district heating

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In this article, the use of woody biomass for heat production is explored through the lens of district heating networks, delving into their advantages and disadvantages, and making a case for their incorporation into the UK's net-zero heating strategy.

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 producing heat.

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This article was written by Dr Gillian Finnerty, Consultant.

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