Renewable Energy Solutions - Biomass Energy

Process Mechanical Ltd — ECO-MECH Division, are specialists in the Design, Supply & Full Installation of Integrated Renewable Energy systems both Domestic & Commercial. Total Energy Efficient, Integrated Packages include: Ground Source Heat Pumps, Under Floor Heating, Biomass Boilers, Wind Power, Solar Energy & Rain Water Harvesting.

Biomass Energy Worldwide, biomass is the fourth largest energy resource after coal, oil, and natural gas.

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Biomass is a collective term for all plant and animal material. A number of different forms of biomass can be burned or digested to produce energy.

Examples include wood, straw, poultry litter and energy crops such as willow and poplar grown on short rotation coppice and miscanthus. Biomass is a very versatile material and can be used to produce heat (for space and water heating), electricity and a combination of heat and power (electricity).

Process Mechanical Ltd — ECO-MECH Division, are specialists in the Design, Supply & Full Installation of Integrated Renewable Energy systems.

We offer a ‘turn-key’ installation service for biomass boilers & stoves. This includes supply of boiler or stove, installation of fuel handling and feed system, construction of boiler house and fuel store as required.

Using biomass fuels - boiler size and costs
Domestic and light industrial biomass boiler systems tend to be physically larger and more expensive than their fossil fuel equivalents.

There are two reasons for this:
For efficient combustion wood needs to be burned at a high temperature, and this requires a large firebox lined with refractory brick lining
Fuel storage and handling is less simple than for gas or oil.
The fuel storage and handling system adds significantly to both the complexity and cost of a woodfuel heating system, costing perhaps as much as the boiler itself.
Various systems and designs exist, and stand alone pellet silos are available commercially. For many small and medium sized installations, an auger screw feed is used to transfer wood chips or pellets from the store into the boiler.

Issues to consider
Before installing a biomass energy system there are a number of considerations that should always be made:
Is a biomass system suitable for this application? Is the heat demand likely to be suitable?
Where will the fuel be supplied from, and what are its characteristics?
Where can the fuel be stored and how can it be delivered to that store?

The best application will depend on the characteristics of your property. Your PRO-MECH / ECO-MECH adviser can show you which type of system is best suited for your property.

To find out more call Pro Mech 01274 736866 or email

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