Information Sheet 30: Ensuring quality wood energy plant

New Zealand is well served with the latest modern technology and equipment for the production of heat from wood fuel. There is a long history of the collection and burning of wood for heat. This is both in the residential and the commercial sectors. However, in the last decade the equipment available in both sectors has improved significantly. This is largely as a result of requirements on emissions to air and improvements in energy efficiency. Today in New Zealand a wide range of heat plant is available in a range of sizes and with technologies to suit different applications.

Investors in commercial scale wood energy plant are seeking energy at the lowest cost and also least risk production. The risk can come from the technology, fuel used, or from operational and maintenance failures. However, the risk is identifiable and manageable provided plant owners follow recognised quality assurance processes and practices.

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