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Biomass Decision Support Tool

Find the most cost effective size and integration approach for a biomass heating system with the biomass system decision support tool.

The biomass system decision support tool will help you assess the most cost effective size and integration approach for a biomass heating system at a particular site based on the site's heating requirements and spatial considerations.

This tool has been developed by the Carbon Trust in collaboration with Strathclyde University and the Campbell Palmer Partnership as an aid to those investigating and/or specifying biomass heating systems.

The University of Strathclyde have created an online course for those who want to get started with the Carbon Trust Biomass System Sizing Tool. There are three modules: ‘Introduction’ (see video below), ‘Getting Started’ which describes the various methods of creating and amalgamating building heat demand profiles, and ‘Sizing the System’ which provides an overview and of boiler characteristics, and a step-by-step tutorial on using the tool. Further details of the course can be found on the university's website

 

View a video introduction to the tool and how it works:

Users of this tool should refer to the detailed guidance documentation which accompanies it before use. Please note that, whilst the current version of the tool is available for use as a download below, some further enhancements may be made in the future. Check this page for updates on a regular basis.

Download the User Manual: Version 6.8 (PDF)

Please note that the tool requires Excel 2007 or later.

If you encounter any errors with the functionality of this tool, please send an email to web@carbontrust.com 

Updates:

May 2016 - Version 6.8.3 improves the calculation of auxiliary boiler output, and some other minor bugs
April 2015 - Version 6.8.2 makes an improvement in the calculation of the design day peak demand, and other minor improvements.

 

Terms and Conditions

You must read and agree to the Biomass Decision Support Tool Terms and Conditions below before downloading the tool.

The following terms and conditions apply to the Carbon Trust Biomass Decision Support Tool, and are in addition to those generally applicable to the Carbon Trust website. However, in the event of any inconsistency between the provisions of the terms and conditions of the website and those of this tool, the terms and conditions pertaining to this tool shall take precedence.

  • This design tool for biomass heating systems has been developed by the Carbon Trust in collaboration with The University of Strathclyde and the Campbell Palmer Partnership Limited, using funding from the Carbon Trust, as a decision support-tool for those investigating and/or specifying biomass heating systems.
  • Users of this tool should refer to the detailed guidance documentation which accompanies it before use - User Manual: Version 6.8 (PDF 3MB)
  • The tool is intended primarily for customers of the Carbon Trust, typically UK businesses and public sector organisations.
  • Permission is granted for informational, non-profitable and personal use (including in the course of business) and provided that you do not remove, adapt, alter or obscure any of the information, content or notices (such as copyright and other proprietary notices) contained in the tool. You may not (without the prior written permission of the Carbon Trust or in accordance with the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988) copy, reproduce, republish, store in any medium (including in any other website), make available, whether free of charge or at cost, to the public, or otherwise use the tool (including, but not limited to, "caching" any part of it) for access by third parties or "mirroring" any part of it in any way except for informational, non-profitable and personal use (including in the course of business).   Any other use of the tool requires the prior written permission of the Carbon Trust.
  • The tool is maintained by The University of Strathclyde; whilst steps have been taken by the University of Strathclyde to ensure that the input data behind it, the algorithms which operate within it and its overall functionality are accurate and reliable, this cannot be guaranteed.  The Carbon Trust, its agents, contractors, and sub-contractors, and the University of Strathclyde, its agents, contractors and sub-contractors give no warranty (either express or implied) and make no representation as to its accuracy and accept no liability in any way whatsoever for any omissions or errors contained within it nor for any losses incurred (either direct or indirect) as a result of its use.  Any person or organisation using this tool should satisfy themselves as to the validity of any outputs derived from it.

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By clicking the link to download the tool you agree that you have read the terms and conditions above

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