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Practical uses for CHP heat

11th March, 2016

The heat generated by biomass CHP can be put to use for most industrial or commercial requirements but there are rules in order to qualify for the Government backed Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI). Below are 5 great examples of how you can use heat produced by a biomass CHP installation and still qualify for RHI payments.

1. Drying fuel

As the number of CHP installations continue to gather momentum across the UK, we’re finding that many landowners are opting to direct some of their CHP generated heat to drying their own fuel. Wet fuel can be purchased for around 50% of the price of pre-dried fuel, making this a popular use of CHP heat – especially if existing heat requirements are relatively low pre-installation.

In addition to lowering your own fuel costs, becoming a fuel supplier to other CHP owners is an excellent additional long-term revenue stream.

2. Farrowing & poultry sheds

CHP is tailor made for businesses with both high heat and high power requirements, such as pig and poultry producers. The heat produced can easily be integrated into new or existing water-based heat mats or underfloor heating systems for application in farrowing or poultry sheds.
Arbor ElectroGen 45 is particularly well suited for uses which require heat availability throughout the entire year, as the unit is designed to run around the clock for 8000 hours per year.

3. Greenhouses & nurseries

Businesses that require a large amount of heat have suffered from the ever increasing cost of energy, particularly during the cooler winter months. Ornamental plant growers and food producers with glass houses are prime examples.

CHP still makes a huge amount of financial sense for these kinds of businesses even when additional heat is only required for part of the year. Excess heat is often put to work for new purposes, such as drying fuel for the remainder of the year. Even without an additional heat use to claim full RHI, CHP returns are still excellent.

4. Holiday cottages, camp sites and swimming pools

Sustainable energy generated locally has long been a popular option for powering holiday accommodation. Where CHP really stands out is that it can also heat your holiday lets and any accompanying facilities such as clubhouses or heated swimming pools.

The continuous nature of CHP production makes it a fantastic option for this sort of use. The electricity you generate is available for your tenants’ use and any additional can sold to the grid at the export rate.

5. Workshops, factories and industrial / commercial properties

CHP is a relatively compact technology which can be safely and easily housed inside as well as outside. For larger facilities and estates, several ArborGen 45 can be installed in unison to take on larger heating and power requirements, making CHP a good option for industrial properties and factories.


If you’d like to learn more about CHP or find out if your heat requirements qualify for RHI, then you can see a breakdown of potential returns here or contact our team on 01937 581011 for more information and a free desktop site survey.