Soaring energy prices encourage more people to consider woodheat
The woodheat solutions project has demonstrated that the greatest opportunities lie at the local level with local woods supplying local needs:
- increasingly sophisticated wood stoves and 'batch boilers' make more efficient use of 'old fashioned' logs
- woodchips provide a major opportunity for woodland owners to supply their own heat needs OR to sell to local users OR to add value by selling heat direct to users
Key lessons from the Woodheat Solutions project
The WhS project report brings together the key lessons from Austria and Finland including:
- designing a woodheat system
- model contracts for selling woodheat
- the importance of quality standards
Key elements are also illustrated in the WhS Key Lessons PowerPoint and examples are provided through the case studies PowerPoint
Woodheat Solutions training pack
All the lessons are encompassed in the WhS training packs which can be downloaded or provided on CD's
Launched the world's first Renewable Heat Incentive earlier this year with more details of how it will be deployed very recently
- Click here for details on the DECC website
- Click here for analysis and RHI calculator (helping you assess the financial implications of particular sites and business opportunities)
The Forestry Commission will shortly launch the Woodfuel Woodland Improvement Grant which can help you assess the amount of wood in your woodland and overcome access barriers to undermanaged woods. Most of the £10M budget is focused on southern England. If interested contact your local FC Woodland Officer who can help you consider the first step of preparing a woodland management plan (for which there are also grants available).
The WhS project has encouraged a range of local partnerships and initiatives which may be able to help you take forward the opportunities offered by woodheat – see WhS/Forestry Commission – woodfuel potential and progress in South East England.
Woodheat Solutions launched several initiatives to invest in wood-based heat (and CHP) generation particularly from undermanaged forest. Pokupsko Municipality is the first municipality in the Republic of Croatia which in collaboration with the North West Croatia Regional Energy Agency (REGEA) prepared a project which has been successful in attracting €958 000 finance from the IPARD program (5 Component of IPA Instrument for Pre-Accession Assistance).
The WhS project has encouraged a range of local partnerships and initiatives which may be able to help you take forward the opportunities offered by woodheat.
Ministry of Regional Development, Forestry and Water Management will continue to support investment in wood-based heat (and CHP) generation, and the cities and municipalities in the Republic of Croatia in the desire for efficient use of biomass from undermanaged woods.