The installation of biomass boilers by plumbers has been going on in the UK for the achievement of the ambitious target of the European Union (EU) to derive energy, at least 15% of it from renewable sources. This ultimately serves as a commitment to carbon emission reduction – the major culprit of climate change that brings about a number of catastrophic effects. However, according to some studies, the switch to such option is not exactly as helpful as the government believes it to be.
Below the ideal efficient rate
According to experts, for renewable energy resources to be considered viable in large-scale energy projects, the given source must have an efficiency rate of at least 85%. The Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) however reports that installed biomass boilers are 20% less efficient. On average, biomass boilers are said to reach only 76% bringing even more confusion as to whether the 85% requirement is realistic.
Biomass boilers installation still pushes through
Even after various experts in the field of renewable energy had proven biomass boilers to provide minimal contribution in meeting the energy target by 2020 and even worse, eating up a huge chunk of public funds (billions of pounds) as incentives to individuals and businesses that switch to the option, still many citizens in the UK are reported to consider the said kind of heating system because of the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) Policy – under which money incentives are given. In fact, as assessed by DECC, total cost can possibly reach to a staggering 10 billion pounds given that payments are given annually for many years. Simon Lomax, the managing director of Kensa Group, known in the manufacturing industry of another heating technology called heat pumps, expressed his anxiety over the entire situation, as billions are wasted in exchange of something that apparently is not the solution to reach energy targets.
Additionally, Lomax believes that the implementation of the RHI policy is the sole reason for many to consider the installation. A spokeswoman from DECC, however, made clear that while there had been studies pointing out the inefficiency of biomass boilers, those are not sufficient to conclude that the system is not promising. According to her, the DECC study sample was just too small to give the complete necessary findings. Currently, the DECC is said to be making a step towards creating a method in order to come up with an effective evaluation program for the said renewable energy source.