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Large commercial or industrial energy consumer

Woodfuel is a cost-effective, secure, low-carbon and efficient energy solution. It is particularly well-suited to applications with a constant heat demand.

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Large scale systems (500kW plus)

Wood fuel systems scale up well for many large commercial and industrial operations. Here are some examples, giving costs and savings:

Combined heat and power (CHP) plants

Combined heat and power (CHP) can be the single biggest way for you to cut industrial or buildings-related energy costs.  CHP systems convert up to 90% of a fuel's energy into electrical power and useful heat. (Source: Renewable Energy Centre)

Woodfuel can be used to generate both electricity and heat, using the steam produced by burning biomass to drive turbines which generate electricity. Electricity generation alone generally has a low conversion efficiency - around 30-45% whether for fossil fuel or biomass. A significant proportion of the energy available in the fuel is lost as 'low-grade' heat, unless it can be used, for example in industrial facilities.

The Scottish Government strongly advocates the deployment of biomass in heat-only or combined heat and power schemes, generally prioritised in off-gas grid areas, at a scale appropriate to make best use of both the available heat, and of local supply. Such siting and scaling of development is vital if we are to stand any chance of meeting our 2020 renewable heat target which depends heavily on biomass.

Combined heat and power (CHP) plants offer potential to provide local communities with district heating and hot water as well as electricity. They are generally relatively large scale and work well where there is a large heat load. such as UPM Caledonian Paper in Irvine (see Scottish Forest and Timber Technologies website for info).

The Scottish Renewables Forum publishes a regular update on all large-scale renewable energy projects in Scotland and their status.

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