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Although not very common yet in the UK, in 2010 bioenergy was already the main source of heat for residential dwellings in Sweden.
In 2008 more than half the energy used for heating and hot water in Sweden came from bio energy. Bio energy was used both directly in homes as wood logs, pellets, and chips, and indirectly via district heating. District heating plants in Sweden use biomass (wood) to heat water, which is then distributed to houses via a network of pipes. The biomass used is mainly woodworking and forestry residues.
Dan Skavhellen, Technical advisor to GG Eco Solutions, explains from his home in Sweden: ‘District heating schemes are very common here, where a central boiler system generates heat which is shared among many homes, using heat meters to measure the amount of delivered energy, so just like electricity you only pay for what you use. Of course you can do the same for larger sites like a school, with a dedicated boiler, like GG Eco Solutions does. It works for blocks of apartments of course – but also for groups of semi-detached and detached houses. Entire towns and cities here are now heated using a ring of biomass district heating systems, and have been for decades!’
When asked why it has been so successful, he adds ‘This has worked here since the 1960’s because it’s very efficient – one large boiler uses less energy to heat twenty buildings than twenty small boilers. It’s because of the rising price of electricity and fossil fuels and, increasingly, because people want a renewable form of energy. And it certainly is renewable: Sweden has more trees today than it did when we first counted them in 1922!’
Dan is a qualified Swedish heating engineer who formed Hjo Warmeteknik , a company specialising in renewable heating, in 1984. Since 2000 he has focused only on biomass heating systems, and has designed, installed, and serviced many hundreds of them across Sweden – some running on straw, manure and other biomass, but about 60% of them using wood chip or pellet.
He continues to manage his Swedish company, and he is now employed exclusively in the UK by GG Eco Solutions as a senior technical advisor. Dan is involved throughout the projects, and plays a leading role in system design and commissioning, giving us the direct benefit of many decades of practical experience.
I think people in the UK are starting to realise this is a great solution, and with the UK government incentives in place, now is really the best time to switch’.