Energy experts International Energy Crops, has developed a new biomass heating solution for poultry producers, designed to cut fuel costs and promote sustainability.

Launched at this year’s British Pig and Poultry Fair, the system has been established to encompass the whole market.

“The boiler market is very fragmented,” explained Keith Wilson, managing director of IEC. “So we wanted to provide everything from the fuel, to the boiler.”

The Heizomat and Okotherm biomass boilers, which have been sourced form Germany, can be run on different types of fuel, including conventional bales, pellets and miscanthus crops.

  Price comparison
1.41 litres of LPG  66p
0.95m3 of gas 41p
1 litre of oil 58p
Homegrown miscanthus 9p

“Growing your own crop is by far the cheapest way to do it,” Mr Wilson explained.

IEC provides a range of bespoke contracts, from supplying miscanthus on a short or long-term fixed contract, to organising the establishment of crops.

After the crop has been planted it takes two years before it is ready to harvest, but once it’s in full production the perennial crop lasts for 20 years and produces up to 20t/ha. Furthermore, no fertilisers are needed to maintain it, Mr Wilson said.

Boiler capacities range from 30kW to 2mW and have been calculated to deliver considerable cost savings.

“On a 360,000-bird broiler unit, a 990Kw boiler, fuelled by miscanthus, is expected to give an annual fuel cost saving of more than 30% in comparison to LPG.

“Add this to the RHI payment and the savings increase to more than 90% of the annual LPG bill, delivering a payback of less than five years, as well as all the advantages of long-term energy cost security,” he added.

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