Anyone have a straw bale burner heating system / electric producing thing?

Looking ahead electricity prices and demand for grain not so much the straw or dried grass, not necessarily the palatable stuff anyone have a system of burning material for energy. ? Don’t shoot me down just asking
 

Turnip

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Saw this one mentioned here not that long ago.
But it is heat generation, not leccy.
 
Looking ahead electricity prices and demand for grain not so much the straw or dried grass, not necessarily the palatable stuff anyone have a system of burning material for energy. ? Don’t shoot me down just asking

You mean a biomass boiler for heat energy? These are very common and we are in year 5 with ours.
Adding elec generation from the waste heat is very expensive but these are called CHP (combined heat & power) I think.
I think it’s called something like ‘ranking’.
 

teslacoils

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Arable Farmer
Location
Lincolnshire
You mean a biomass boiler for heat energy? These are very common and we are in year 5 with ours.
Adding elec generation from the waste heat is very expensive but these are called CHP (combined heat & power) I think.
I think it’s called something like ‘ranking’.
Can you give a brief rundown of what is required? Do you essentially rip out the old domestic boiler and plug the new thing in? Can you run more than one house from one?
 

ewald

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Arable Farmer
Location
Mid-Lincs
Run a basic straw burner here - put anything (wood/straw) on it, plumbed into the domestic central heating. We retained the oil boiler for autumn and spring when you only need the odd hour.
You can run more than one house if they are close enough- the insulated pipe is expensive. Just spec the boiler appropriately
 

Wisconsonian

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Trade
If you can't boil water with biomass heat, then there's not much to be saved by going to a lower boiling point working fluid. As far as I know, the most economical biomass combined heat electricity generation is currently internal combustion engines run on methane from AD.

I'd like to see a practical wood fired internal combustion turbine generator, like the Youtubers that do it for fun, but don't seem to realize the potential, except NYE manufacturing did one many years ago and tried to gear down a turbo. Couldn't find the Nye video, but here's one newer one:
 

sjt01

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Mixed Farmer
Location
North Norfolk
If you can't boil water with biomass heat, then there's not much to be saved by going to a lower boiling point working fluid. As far as I know, the most economical biomass combined heat electricity generation is currently internal combustion engines run on methane from AD.

I'd like to see a practical wood fired internal combustion turbine generator, like the Youtubers that do it for fun, but don't seem to realize the potential, except NYE manufacturing did one many years ago and tried to gear down a turbo. Couldn't find the Nye video, but here's one newer one:

 

spin cycle

Member
Location
north norfolk
i just think it would be nice to have steam engine in a fireplace...light it up in evening for space heat and power the lights ..or bit more :scratchhead: .....i mean...'what could possibly go wrong':scratchhead:😗
 
When I was a child in the UK we had one of these to heat the farm house. When we gave up the dairy cows and stopped using the silage clamp we had to do something with the lorry load of tyres that used to hold the sheet down. Each evening on his way into the house dad would pop one on the boiler just to help it along. They gave off a surprising amount of heat but best to wait till after dark and make sure there was nothing on the washing line.
 

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Man fined £300 for bonfire-related waste offences

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Written by William Kellett from Agriland

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A man has pleaded guilty at Newtownards Magistrates’ Court to waste offences relating to a bonfire next to the electrical sub-station on the Circular Road in Newtownards, Co. Down.

Gareth Gill (51) of Abbot’s Walk, Newtownards pleaded guilty to two charges under the Waste and Contaminated Land (Northern Ireland) Order 1997, for which he was fined £150 each and ordered to pay a £15 offender’s levy

On June 25, 2018, PSNI officers went to Gill’s yard, where they found a large amount of waste consisting of scrap wood, pallets, carpet and underlay.

Discussion with Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA) officers confirmed the site...
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