When you think about using wood as an energy source, the image that comes to mind is probably a wood burning stove in a cabin nestled deep in the woods. But, did you know that there are wood fueled commercial options as well?
Burning wood for fuel, also known as biomass, is a source of renewable energy as recognized by LEED. In homes, it’s one way to decrease utility bills while keeping the house warm and cozy. Businesses looking to bring sustainability to their workplace can install similar systems, especially if the budget does not allow for higher cost options, such as solar panels.
Let’s take a look at the two types of wood boiler systems:
A residential wood boiler system is used to heat homes and cabins. It’s a great option if a fuel source, such as natural gas, is not a possibility or the resident does not want to constantly refill propane tanks. Residential wood boilers require wood to be manually fed into the system, and they also need to be manually cleaned. While regular maintenance is a downside to some, this type of system can reduce or eliminate gas utility costs and helps make the home more energy efficient.
One manufacturer currently offers 14 commercial-grade models, ranging from 45 kilowatts (KW) to 2,000 KW. These automated systems use a feed auger to draw in the fuel source and an ash auger to dump the waste into a container, reducing the time and energy required for operation and maintenance. Commercial wood boiler systems, which have been used in schools and hospitals, are a viable option for sustainable projects on a budget.