What is biomass and is the fuel a good alternative to gas and oil?

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Exactly what is biomass? Biomass boilers are now being seriously considered by some homeowners, particularly those off-grid, looking for an alternative to gas and oil boilers. But how is biomass fuel made and is it really a 'green' alternative?

Below, we answer some commonly asked questions about biomass and how it provides energy so anyone looking into installing a biomass boiler can make an informed decision about its pros and cons. 

Robin Whitlock
Freelance journalist

Robin is a freelance journalist based in the South West of England, UK. He specialises in environmental issues, climate change and renewable energy, with other interests in transport and green motoring. He is a regular daily correspondent for a renewable energy website, writing news articles and interview pieces on all the main clean energy technologies. He has also written widely for numerous magazines on these topics, as well as writing white papers and web content.