UK company offers free biomass boilers

By Anna Austin | March 28, 2012

A company in Southeast England is offering free biomass boilers to businesses that are looking to reduce their heating bills.

Anesco Ltd. said the installation and cost of the boilers would be recovered through the U.K.’s Renewable Heat Incentive, which opened for applications at the end of November. The RHI program offers long-term support to compensate for capital and operating costs, as well as additional barriers and financial costs, for thermal technologies classed as renewable under the Renewable Energy Directive. Support is distributed in the form of tariffs based on technology and size.

Fuel storage, delivery systems, performance monitoring and annual services will also be free, according to Anesco, and firms that currently use oil or liquid petroleum gas as fuel can expect to save 30 to 50 percent on heating costs. An ideal candidate would be a medium- to large-sized firm that has a fairly constant heat load throughout the year.

“Funding is always difficult for some organizations, so we’ve been able to pull together an innovative, fully funded offering to help businesses install a brand new boiler free of charge,” said Anesco CEO Adrian Pike.

Those who sign up for the program will receive an ETA biomass boiler from manufacturer Innasol. They range from 50 to 100 kilowatts, and can utilize wood chips or pellets.