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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
By clicking the link to download the tool you agree that you have read the terms and conditions above