Biomass energy, or "bioenergy," is the energy from plants and plant-derived materials.
Our Virgin chip comes from sustainable timber bought either in the round or as chip. It is dried and screened to produce a quality chip for the end-user. Oversize and undersize are both removed and re-used either as fuel or other sustainable products. The moisture is checked to ensure it meets the specification (25-30% normally) then stored ready for sale.
Our recycled chip comes from Grade A wood only, thus ensuring compliance with RHI rules and regulations.
The wood used must meet a rigourous acceptance criteria before being processed. It is shredded screened, passing over three sets of magnets to ensure ferrous metal is removed. It is then assessed on moisture and either dried or stockpiled for use/sale.
Biomass can provide an array of benefits.
The use of biomass energy has the potential to greatly reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Burning biomass releases about the same amount of carbon dioxide as burning fossil fuels. However, fossil fuels release carbon dioxide captured by photosynthesis millions of years ago—an essentially "new" greenhouse gas. Biomass, on the other hand, releases carbon dioxide that is largely balanced by the carbon dioxide captured in its own growth (depending on how much energy was used to grow, harvest, and process the fuel). However, studies have found that clearing forests to grow biomass results in a carbon penalty that takes decades to recoup, so it is best if biomass is grown on previously cleared land, such as under-utilized farmland.