We are delighted to announce that Sustain’s Principal Consultant, Duncan Faulkes, has had a research paper published in the CIBSE journal of Building Services Research and Technology. The paper, entitled ‘Modelling the optimum thermal store and biomass boiler size for a small communal heating system’, focusses on improving the operational efficiency of a biomass boiler system by increasing the size of the buffer tank. A buffer tank is used to regulate peak demand in a heating system by storing a large amount of hot water which is readily available for when it is needed. This reduces the amount of cycles a boiler is required to run and improves operating efficiency.
Duncan looked into how the volume of these buffer tanks can be increased to further improve the efficiency of the boiler. By increasing the volume of the stored hot water to an optimum level, the biomass boiler cycles less and is consequently more efficient. It also allows a smaller boiler to be used. The paper aims to understand efficient boiler sizing which will allow tax payer funded incentives to be targeted more appropriately.
“There have been some concerns regarding the rapid expansion of biomass boiler installations funded by tax payer incentives such as the RHI and this paper aims to provide insight into some of the potential issues with incorrect sizing.”
– Duncan Faulkes, Principal Associate – Sustain
We are continually working to provide optimal heat system efficiency for a wide range of clients and Duncan’s expertise is instrumental in providing reliable heat systems for years to come.
Find out more about the paper here.