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Six Advantages and three disadvantages of Biomass Energy

Expert advice from the people who work with biomass energy every day of their lives


  1. Cleaner energy, 0% harmful emissions

  2. Funds and finance

  3. A fuel with a future - Readily available and easily and renewable

  4. Reduce Dependency on Fossil Fuels

  5. Reduces Landfill Size

  6. Can be Used to Create Added value

Biomass energy has the advantages of being a clean energy with no Harmful Emissions. It can also reduce a businesses use of fossil fuels. Howerver all the pros and cons have to be carefully considered when determining if biomass energy is a viable alternative energy source for your organisations. See businesses and schools that have adopted biomass energy. Advantages and disadvantages of biomass energy

Cleaner energy, 0% harmful emissions

Biomass energy is energy created from living or recently living things. Wood chips for example gives out CO2 when burnt. However when used in a sustainable manner, the new trees would absorb CO2 whilst they grow, so the is no net increase in atmospheric CO2 levels. See different kinds of biomass fuel.

Traditional energy sources like oil and gas struggle to control their carbon dioxide emissions, as these can cause harm to the ozone layer and increase the effects of greenhouse gases.

Funds and finance

Biomass boilers and stoves qualify for the Renewable Heat Incentive scheme (RHI), so there are funds available to help support the initial investment into a biomass powered heating system. Also one of the additional advantages of biomass over traditional fuels is that you are less at the mercy of the Energy Companies and their price rises. See funding and financing biomass energy or the costs of running a biomass boiler.


Readily available and easily and renewable

As biomass energy comes come from living organism with a life that is cyclical, these products can never run out, so long as there is both something living on earth and a process to turn these living components and other waste products into light and heat energy. Different fuels can have different outputs.

In the UK everything is used from wood chippings to chicken droppings. See projects.

Reduce dependency on Fossil Fuels

Adoption of biomass to heat homes, offices and schools is a major step forward in reducing our dependance on tradition fossil fuels. See heating options.

The major difference between fossil fuels and biomass fuel is the time taken to produce. Trees and animals (waste products) have a very short growing time compared to the millions of years the earth takes to turn wood into coal. See: Different Fuels vs Energy Values of different fuels.

Reduce Landfills

Another benefit of biomass is that technically anything waste product can be used to create energy. If rubbish can be partly re-used then it does not have to be buried in land fill sites.

Can be Used to Create Different Products

Biomass energy is very versatile and can add value where previously none was imagined. For example who would of though that chickens could produce a viable fuel from their droppings or that ethanol and similar fuels can be made from corn and other crops. See Producing BIOMASS fuels.

Additionally growing 'biomass crops' further reduces carbon dioxide and produces oxygen. See our online resources guide for more information available online and from where.

Disadvantages of biomass


There are some disadvantages to using biomass energy.

  1. Investment levels: There are the initial set up costs and investment. The initial cost of a biomass boiler is higher than a standard fossil fuel gas or oil boiler.
    However biomass boilers and stoves qualify for the Renewable Heat Incentive scheme (RHI).
  2. Larger property / land size & location: Not only are the boilers larger than conventional boilers, separate storage area for fuel are required. The systems often required a larger space or more land, as the smell from burning biomass fuels can be a drawback if the system is sited closed to residential areas.
  3. Efficiency: Burning wood on a log boiler requires more energy to produce the same heat as fossil fuels so a larger amount of fuel is required. See sources of biomass.


Are you one of the following?

  1. Schools or College
  2. A Care home or hotel
  3. A businesses
  4. In the Public Sector
  5. Private Sector, residential, new builds, property.
  6. Agriculture or landowner



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About Biomass energy

Biomass boilers are well suited to commercial enviroments which need to meet high heating demands.

Care homes, schools, leisure centres, hotels, farms, sports clubs and domestic homes are examples of buildings which could benefit



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Care homes and hotels

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Private Sector, Residential, new builds, private dwellings etc.





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