When it comes to thinking about the fuel business – fuel businesses being the providers of energy for boilers and other solutions which heat our homes – there is one type which instantly comes to mind: gas. Whilst gas boilers are widely used throughout the UK, a more modern and environmentally-friendly alternative is rapidly coming into use throughout British homes and that is the biomass fuel business.
Biomass fuel has applications not only to peoples’ homes, but businesses and industries all throughout Britain. It is a rapidly expanding industry and market which is catching on in popularity and is expected to one day far exceed its gas-reliant counterpart.
Biomass fuel, or pellet fuel, are biofuels which are made from organic materials which are compressed down into biomass. In general, biomass fuels can easily be made from any five types of biomass: food waste; agricultural residues; energy crops; lumber; and industrial waste. The most common type of biofuel is biomass wood pellet fuel and it is typically made from compacted sawdust from the milling of lumber, by-products from the manufacture of furniture and construction.
With the development of biofuel has come a vast range of furnaces, pellet stoves and heating solutions. Companies such as PBE Fuels install boilers that run on wood pellets and wood chip fuel. Although biofuel and wood pellet boilers have been around since the back-end of the 20th century, modern technological developments have increased their relevance, availability and popularity.
Developments in biofuels have been driven by three global challenges: economic development; energy security; and climate change. Consumers are constantly demanding affordable energy, and this cannot continue to be delivered with contemporary fuels such as oil and gas.
Further to this, climate change is rapidly changing our world and we are engaged in a race against time to mitigate its effects. Biofuels are a possible solution to this and are much better for the environment than traditional fuel sources; biofuels produce less greenhouse gas emissions than fossil fuels and are more readily available.
Modern developments in biofuels have massively changed the face of the biofuel industry and it is something which many companies are trying to break into. The relevance of biofuels and biofuel businesses will only increase as time goes by, making it an extremely lucrative and profitable business to be in. Although the costs to establish yourself are high, the future rewards are likely to mitigate these costs and, in addition to this, you are helping drive a cause which is working to save our planet.
Biofuels have been around since the latter-half of the 20th century, but their relevance and our need for them has drastically increased in the last decade or so. With our world at threat like never before from climate change and consumers constantly demanding more for less, it is plain and clear to see just how important biofuels are going to be for our future. Because the industry is still relatively young and there are many developments to be made, now is the best time to get into the biofuels business and establish yourself as a key player.