Biofuel For Home Heating Success In UK
A new liquid biofuel for home heating has successfully passed a one year field test in the UK. Organizers say the biofuel could cut carbon emissions from the 1.8 million homes in Britain currently using oil rather than gas.
Reepham in the east of England is not only off the beaten track – it’s also off the national gas grid.
Like nearly two million other Britons, Reepham’s residents heat their homes using oil – but they at the vanguard of a green revolution.
James Joyce owns one of 25 homes in the town that have been testing a new renewable heating oil for use in existing domestic systems.
[James Joyce, Trial Participant]:
“They put a new tank in here and filled it up with biofuel and it ran for a year and to be honest there’s absolutely no problems at all.”
The trial tested fuels made from kerosene and diesel mixed with differing amounts of used cooking oil – produced at the University of East Anglia’s Low Carbon Innovation Centre.
[Chris Blincoe, Low Carbon Innovation Center]:
“There are opportunities out there for using home heating oil as a biofuel and its just a clear opportunity for those homes that, at the moment have oil-fired heating systems, they want to be lower carbon. Its a real opportunity for them to do that.”
The Oil Firing Technical Association helped organize the trial.
[Jeremy Hawksley, Oil Firing Technical Association]:
“They were better really, I mean there were lots of factors we were concerned of, particularly cold weather because biofuel tends to glue up and we didn’t know whether it was going to glue up — its called cold point plugging — but it didn’t.”
The partnership is now hoping the government will include the new fuel in an incentive scheme where homeowners are paid to produce more environmentally friendly heat to encourage people to go green.
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