Biomass fuel and Woodchip
Practicality Brown have many decades of experience in the commercial production of purpose made wood chip, for both the amenity and fuel markets. As such, we are able to provide secure, reliable, competitive and quality-controlled supply of wood chip fuel to the South East of England.
Energy service contracts
We offer customised energy service contracts covering fuel supply and maintenance appropriate to each client’s circumstances and requirements:
- Long Term Wood Chip Fuel Supply Contracts
- Energy Metered Fuel Supply Agreements
- Total Energy Service Level Contracts
- Woodland Management Contracts
We believe that for many heat users, Energy Metered Supply Agreements are the most convenient and equitable way to use and pay for woodchip fuel by the use of a Heat Energy Meter (MCS approved). With this arrangement the customer pays for the heat energy used every month, at an agreed figure per Kwh.
We pride ourselves on building long term relationships with small or medium-sized enterprises (SME) and a broad spectrum of Government agencies, supplying small to medium size boiler installations with an annual heating requirement between 150Kwh – 3,000Kwh (approximately 100 – 2000 tonnes). These enterprises include:
- Schools / Academic establishments
- Hospital / Primary Care Trusts
- Commercial offices, Local Authority and Government buildings
- Large retail outlets
- Hotels, Leisure Centres and Health Clubs
- Community heating projects
- Country Houses and Rural Developments
Consistency in fuel chip is vital, in terms of size, moisture content and free of contaminates (foreign matter etc.), as it ensure the efficiency of burning and therefore the heat levels. Practicality Brown has invested heavily in rigorous quality control systems, which includes grading equipment, storage and moisture control to ensure a consistent quality of fuel. This dedicated approach ensures our wood chip meets the Woodsure accreditation standards.
Typically we offer G50 Chip (with a maximum sectional area of 50mm), which has a moisture content of between 30% to 35%. This wood chip fuel conforms to ONORM M7 and Din 66-165.
Our wood chip stock is sourced from one of our core businesses, i.e. no burn forestry clearance. As a result, all our wood fuel products are produced from virgin clean timber guaranteeing emission requirements in controlled areas and ensuring that the clean wood ash can be either used as fertiliser or disposed of in the normal waste stream. This comparatively high stock level enables Practicality Brown to guarantee fuel availability throughout the year, especially in the peak winter months. Our strong logistical partnership ensures that we deliver what our customers want, where and when they want it, throughout the South East of England.
Climate change is permanently on the political agenda, both National and Internationally. The world’s future energy consumption and the reduction of emissions concern and affect us all as individuals and businesses. Increasingly, companies are under pressure to recognise and accept their moral and social economic responsibilities within the community and wider global society.
The United Nations conference on climate change in Paris (December 2015) have committed member countries to act together to combat climate change and be held equally accountable, which marks a clear turning point towards a sustainable and low carbon future.
The use of biomass as a source of renewable energy is one of the few proven, cost-effective and available technologies that can have an immediate impact on the reduction of CO2 emissions. Biomass is a form of stored solar energy and of all the possible renewable heating solutions, it has the potential to deliver some of the most significant and cost-effective carbon savings.
Whilst burning biomass releases carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, this is offset by the carbon dioxide absorbed in the sustained growth of the biomass crop. The production of wood chip fuel encourages and increases management of redundant woodland, which in turn has beneficial effects on the national biodiversity of forests and woodland areas throughout the Country.