Chimney manufacturer becomes industry-approved biomass trainer

20th Sep 2012

Schiedel Chimney Systems, based in Washington, Tyne & Wear, is opening a training centre for biomass boiler installers and will be the only such industry-approved biomass trainer in the Northern England and Scotland. The move is just in time for the extended Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) scheme will is expected to be launched by the government in October.

Payments from the RHI for domestic biomass boilers should enable the industry to rapidly expand and Schiedel, which currently employs around 100 people, has secured approval from the sector watchdog HETAS having already trained biomass engineers and installers from across the North as well as in Scotland and Ireland.

“There is ongoing demand and the demand is going to increase once the Government makes its announcement on the RHI for biomass” said David Wright, Schiedel UK’s marketing manager. “On every biomass appliance, they need a chimney so it made sense for us”

Originally the company was known as Rite-Vent, but subsequently became part of the Austrian-owned Schiedel Group in 2004. It has been making chimneys for almost 45 years and also manufactures stainless steel and ceramic system chimneys and chimney liners.

According to Wright, the UK is now attempting to catch up with mainland Europe on biomass following problems producing the wood pellet fuel. Biomass is now rapidly becoming popular in new-build homes and offices and is also attracting attention from businesses wanting to reduce their carbon emissions.

“With the introduction of the Government’s Renewable Heating Incentive scheme I have seen a huge increase in the installation of biomass boiler solutions on the commercial side of things” said Andrew Cosgrove, owner of Acos Renewable Energy who has attended one of the HETAS courses run by Schiedel. “If a biomass boiler system is set up and commissioned properly it can be a very effective heating solution, this set-up is critical in determining its performance.”