Why do we invent biomass thermal oil heater?

There are some universities using biomass thermal oil heaters instead of common thermal oil heaters. Why? Do you know? Here I will tell you 3 benefits about using biomass thermal oil heater.

university using biomass thermal oil heaters

university using biomass thermal oil heaters

  1. Costs and savings

The biomass boiler will cost £327,000, of which £147,000 is being paid for by a grant from DEFRA. The biomass will cost approximately 2.5p per delivered kWh although this includes the delivery system to feed the biomass into the boilers. In the past 3 years gas prices have doubled, rising from 1.4p to 2.9p per Unit. The University currently spends over £1 million on gas.


It is estimated that the boilers will save approximately £6,000 per annum at 2008 gas prices. This would mean that the payback on the University investment is around 15 years, although we expect this to be lower as the price of gas is expected to rise whilst the price of biomass is predicted to fall by 2 – 3% in future years as the market grows.

  1. Carbon reduction

It is anticipated that the biomass plant will save in the order of 500 tonnes of carbon per annum; this will be a step change in carbon reduction on campus and will assist in diversification of the University’s energy supply chain. Central Government have announced that they are set to cap building-related carbon emissions. It is expected that from 2010 large organisations (including universities) will be legally required to buy and sell carbon to meet these mandatory targets. With the known information on the scheme, the plant being installed is likely to save the University up to £9,000 p.a., reducing the overall payback period to 8 – 9 years.

  1. Other benefits

The facility has in-built elements that will allow it to be used for academic purposes. The facility has a viewing platform which allows staff or students tovisit the facility and see it in operation.As well as installing biomass plant, the opportunity is being taken to create an Energy and Recycling centre at the back of the J B Priestley library. The road infrastructure needed to be improved to allow for the safe delivery of the fuel to the boiler, therefore it made sense to make use use of economies of scale to create a cost-effective central recycling facility for the University. This will have the added benefit of tidyingup what is currently an unattractive area and making recycling more effective and focused.



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