Expert heads to Europe for conference

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A north Northumberland industry expert will be showcasing the performance of the UK’s biomass heat market in Austria later this month.

Neil Harrison, co-founder and director of Alnwick-based re:heat, will tell delegates at the event in Wels on February 24 and 25, that pellet installations have dominated the smaller end of the biomass boiler market thanks to lower equipment costs and the reduced footprint required for projects when compared to other forms of wood fuel.

He will showcase the performance of the UK biomass market, where the focus has been on the uptake of pellet heating systems in light of the Government’s Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) scheme, which provides financial incentives for users to switch from carbon-based heating systems to renewable alternatives.

Neil said: “Small-scale pellet installations dominate thanks to lower equipment costs and the smaller footprint required for a pellet boiler project when compared to other forms of biomass fuel.

“This is largely a function of the significantly higher energy density of wood pellets when compared to logs and wood chips.”

Neil will be speaking as vice-chairman of the Wood Heat Association.

His domestic and EU experience will provide a valuable insight into the important UK market for the equipment manufacturers, fuel suppliers and researchers attending the European Pellet Conference.

Neil added: “We are now well placed to expand both the business and scope of services we offer to secure our targets, further cementing our reputation for innovation and added value solutions this year and beyond.”

re:heat, established in 2011, has also recently completed major impact studies for the Department of Energy and Climate Change. For more information, visit www.reheat.uk.com