Company expecting market to heat up

Simon Cross.
Simon Cross.

A Northumberland-based nationwide biomass boiler distribution company has been launched to cater for an expected surge in demand.

Tens of thousands of biomass boiler installations are expected over the next few years as the Government’s forthcoming domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) scheme is expected to jump-start the domestic market.

A biomass unit.

A biomass unit.

IXUS Energy is seeking installers from across England, Wales and Scotland to take advantage of what the company describes as a ‘big year ahead for biomass’.

The new company has been established by the team of experts behind an experienced biomass installer, The Wood Heating Company, which has a biomass heritage stretching back more than 30 years.

From spring 2014, the domestic biomass market will be following in the footsteps of the non-domestic sector.

Homeowners will be able to benefit from the RHI scheme – a Government initiative to drive uptake of renewable heat technologies.

This means households with biomass boilers and biomass pellet stoves with a back boiler will get paid 12.2p/kWh when the scheme launches.

Simon Cross, commercial director at IXUS Energy, said: “Customers are becoming increasingly interested in renewable heating opportunities, and for many a wood-fuelled biomass boiler ticks all the boxes because it is a straightforward replacement for an existing boiler – without the need for expensive modifications to existing distribution systems.

“Next year is going to be a big year for biomass with the launch of the domestic RHI in April.

“We are launching IXUS Energy now so we are ready to cope with the increased activity we expect to see in this sector.

“We already have installation partners dotted across the country, but we want to build on this.

“We’re aiming for national coverage in a matter of months.”