Farm Feed Systems Limited – manufacturers of pellet mill equipment, components and production lines. Suppliers of the Domestic Pump.
Useful Information sites, and information on Grants and funding:
The UK Government is committed to combating climate change by reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 80% of 1990 levels by 2050. In 2008, the Government signed up to European targets to produce 15% of all energy produced in the UK from renewable sources and the recent Renewable Energy Strategy proposed that 30% of that renewable energy would come from bioenergy. Woodfuel is a sustainable and low carbon source of bioenergy that can make a substantial contribution to achieving these targets.
The Bio-Energy Capital Grants Scheme
The purpose of the Bio-energy Capital Grants Scheme is to promote the efficient use of biomass for energy. This scheme is currently closed, but a new round has been announced and is expected to open late November or early December 2009.
The last round was slightly different from previous rounds in that funds were allocated on a rolling basis until the scheme funds had been allocated. The purpose is to promote the efficient use of biomass for energy, by stimulating the early deployment of biomass fuelled heat and biomass combined heat and power projects. This round will be funded by DECC and is for England only. See www.bioenergycapitalgrants.org.uk
Useful sources of Biomass information:
The Biomass Energy Centre is the UK national enquiry point for questions relating to biomass fuels and technologies. It is managed by Forest Research, the research agency of the Forestry Commission, as part of the Government's response to recommendations made by the Biomass Task Force. www.biomassenergycentre.org.uk
The Log Pile Website is the National Energy Foundation’s initiative to promote the use of wood as a source of renewable energy and sustainable heating. Useful site but rather poorly maintained and has some out-of-date information. www.nef.org.uk/logpile
In October 2004 the Government asked the Biomass Task Force to suggest measures to optimise the contribution of biomass energy to renewables, sustainable farming, forestry and the rural economy. Their report can be downloaded from the DEFRA website at www.defra.gov.uk
Grants and funding
GBI (formerly known as Selective Finance for Investment in England or SFIE grants) makes discretionary grants available from Government (the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills - BIS) to support businesses with investment projects which will increase productivity, skills and employment in deprived areas in England. See www.emda.org.uk
Scottish Biomass heat Scheme exists to help people and companies north of the border fund projects until March 2011. See www.communityenergyscotland.org.uk
In the UK, £3k - £400k interest free loans are available from the Carbon Trust - see www.carbontrust.co.uk
Biomass heating: a practical guide for potential users
The Rural Development Programme for England (RDPE) 2007-2013 has been approved by the EU on 6th December 2007. It has a budget of £3.9 billion to support a range of projects and initiatives based on Regional Implementation Plans drawn up by the RDAs. See Rural Development Programme for England
In New Zealand...
There are two types of grants available:
A subsidy is provided for up to 40% of the capital cost of the project, with a minimum of $10,000 and a maximum of $200,000 per grant.
This funding is available for projects that:
Have the potential for widespread industry adoption,
and have an acceptable payback period or ROI
Feasibility study grants
Funding is also available for feasibility studies, where EECA will fund up to 75% of the study cost. The maximum grant available is $50,000.