CHP generates electricity from wood chip – and £110,000 per year from tariff payments

CHP (Combined Heat and Power) using wood gasification has been around since the Second World War, but new controls and 21st century reliability mean it’s something that high users of electricity – like farms – should give serious consideration to. With farming returns dwindling, finding alternative sources of regular income is both a constant pressure and an absolute must – installing a CHP plant is a great way to make your farm’s financial outlook much brighter.

No need to house the unit indoors

CHP installation in farm

The CHP unit we installed – see left – will eventually live outside. The housing is built in modular form using panels that bolt together. These panels will then be insulated and clad with a wood board finish. This means that all that’s required for a CHP installation is a concrete base for the unit and the hopper, which is also clad and weather proofed – so no loss of commercially significant barn space!

Generous annual income generated through three tariffs

The CHP unit generates annual returns based on 3 tariffs: an incentive for the production of bio-gas, ROC payments (paid per unit of eligible renewable electricity generated), and FiT payments (paid per unit of eligible renewable electricity you export into the National Grid). If you combine two CHP units together, you will also receive the small biomass tariff.

Reliable, consistent heat and power, 24/7, 365

Combined Heat and Power unit

The Spanner RE2 CHP we installed has an electrical output of 45kw and a thermal rating of 107kw- it’s a very flexible system, suitable for a number of commercial applications.

Lime-Circle Combined Heat and Power installation

The unit runs on clean wood chip and runs continuously throughout the year, giving consistent, constant power – an attractive alternative to sources of renewable power that only generate electricity when the sun’s shining or the wind’s blowing. This consistency makes CHP ideal for installation in manufacturing/production environments, or businesses that use a great deal heat and electricity – think spas, leisure centres and hotels.

Quality parts maximise unit uptime

CHP control panelThe spanner units are manufactured in Germany by the same company that provides automotive parts to big brands such as BMW – the primary passion of their CEO is renewable energy.

These units are in turn controlled by highly sophisticated panels manufactured by Siemens – by only using tried and tested, quality parts, we maximise unit uptime and bring reliability to our clients’ heating and power, something we know is absolutely business-critical.


Call Chris today on 07890 022002 to discuss the commercial benefits of a CHP installation.