Glossary

This section contains a glossary of biomass terms that you might find useful.

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Carbon Monoxide: A scentless, tasteless poisonous gas. Once breathed, it enters the bloodsteam and mixes with haemoglobin to form carboxyhaemoglobin. Breathing small amounts of carbon monoxide can make you unwell and is fatal if exposed to high levels. There are around 200 carbon monoxide poisoning cases every year in the UK – around 50 of them fatal. Construction (Design and Management) Regulatons 2007 (CDM): Also known as CDM Regulations or CDM 2007, this regulation defines legal duties for the safe operation of UK construction sites, placing specific duties on clients, designers and contractors to plan their approach to health and safety.

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Kilowatt (kW): a measure of electrical power equal to 1,000 watts. 1 kW = 3412 Btu/hr = 1.341 horsepower. See also watt. Kilowatt peak (kWp): Peak power. The output power achieved by a Solar module under full solar radiation (under set Standard Test Conditions).

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Periodic Inspection Report (PIR): An electrical survey to find potential electrical hazards, reveal if electrical circuits are overloaded, highlight any lack of earthing or bonding and carry out tests on the fixed wiring of the installation. The Periodic Inspection Report is now known as an Electrical Installation Condition Report or EICR and will establish the overall condition of all the electrics, state whether the electrical installation is satisfactory for continued use and detail any electrical code repair work that might need to be done to bring the property up to British Standard BS 7671

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ROI: Return on investment.

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Thermal Relay: Thermal relays are economic electromechanical protection devices for the main circuit. They offer reliable protection for biomass boilers in the event of overheating. Thyristor: An electronic component used to create a latching circuit. It is also known as a bistable. Similar to FETs, thyristors are digital switches that respond to an input voltage.

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Watt: common base unit of power in the metric system. One watt equals one joule per second, or the power developed in a circuit by a current of one ampere flowing through a potential difference of one volt. One Watt = 3.412 Btu/hr. See also kilowatt.

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