Wood as a biomass fuel - The main issues to consider (Version 2)

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Wood is no newcomer to the fuel market. In fact as we all know it was pretty much the main fuel in the UK until a couple of centuries ago. Since then fossil fuels have grown to the point where they now dominate, particularly in the developed world.

As we come to terms with the finality and future sourcing issues of fossil fuel supplies, wood fuel, alongside other renewable energy solutions, is gaining ground once more. But in the 21st century we are no longer focussing on just burning logs on an open fire with is poor rates of energy recovery. The landscape has changed considerably, and this Construction Briefing explains how.

As well as the changes in approach to wood fuel, this Construction Briefing provides an overview of the main issues to be considered if entering the wood fuel market including the potential supply hurdles which may need to be overcome.

This Construction Briefing is one of a three part series on wood fuel. The other two briefings in this series are: Wood waste for biomass fuel - A summary of the incentives and challenges and Encouraging the growth of wood fuel - A review of Government policies, regulations and financial incentives


  • Government position on wood fuel
  • Fundamental decisions
  • Boiler plant
    • Performance
    • Pollution control
  • Wood fuel
    • Forms
    • Quality and grades
    • Main considerations
  • Future supply and price stability
    • Other markets for wood residues
    • Additional supply resources
  • Building design considerations
    • Planning consent
    • Storage of fuel
    • Housing the boiler and ancillary equipment
    • District heating

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