Thermal Oil Biomass Boiler

What is a biomass thermal oil boiler?

Biomass boilers can be used with thermal oil or thermal fluid to produce high temperatures without the high pressures and risks associated with steam. A biomass thermal oil boiler is an ideal solution for any indirect heating application which requires temperatures in excess of 400c and can qualify for the Biomass Boiler Support Scheme for Renewable Heat (SSRH) tariff paying an incentive over 15 years for every kWh of renewable heat produced from a biomass boiler.

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Why thermal oil?

Thermal oil is used as a transfer medium in applications where water is not suitable, this is typically in applications in excess of 100c where water starts to boil and becomes steam. In applications such as this if using water, a pressurised system is required which imposes restrictions upon its handling and use to ensure safe operation of the biomass boiler system. Using thermal oil temperatures in excess of 400c can be utilised without the need of a pressurised system whilst still being eligible for the governments SSRH biomass boiler incentive.

Where to use thermal oil biomass boiler?

Thermal Oil Biomass Boilers are ideally suited to high temperature applications which do not require direct heating. Typical applications of indirect heating applications for the high temperatures associated with a thermal oil biomass boiler include industrial cookers, chemical plants, food processing, laundries, wood processing, paper processing, cardboard processing and metal processing to name a few. All of this applications can utilise a biomass thermal oil boiler whilst still being eligible for the governments Support Scheme for Renewable Heat for biomass boiler installations

Power from Biomass.

Biomass Combined Heat and Power (CHP) can be achieved in several ways, one of the most reliable methods is to utilise a biomass thermal oil boiler to provide 300c temperatures to a Organic Rankine Cycle (ORC) generator. This thermal energy is used to provide heat to a Organic Rankine Cycle (ORC) generator which uses this heat to produce power, an ORC also has a condensing cycle which can be utilised for Low Temperature Hot Water (LTHW) Applications.

Find out more

For more information about biomass boilers and the renewable heat incentive please follow the links below. 

Commercial Biomass (170kW - 5.8mW)

Industrial Biomass (300kW - 25mW)

Containerised Biomass Boilers

The Renewable Heat Incentive