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RE-DIRECT Project – Report on Progress So Far

IrBEA is a partner of the European project RE-DIRECT (Regional Development and Integration of unused biomass wastes as Resources for Circular products and economic Transformation) In January 2017 the kick-off meeting for this project took place in Bonn. The newsletter link below is an important document, it will update you on the meetings and visits to date and it also goes into some details about the goals of the project. RE-DIRECT will make use of the proven technology named “Integrated Generation of Solid Fuel and Biogas from Biomass (IFBB)”, explained in the diagram below, to convert 20,000t of unused biomass in a circular economy approach into region-specific carbon products. We have quite a few members interested in this this area and we advise you take a look at this newsletter. Newsletter REDIRECT 1

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IrBEA elects new President

We would like to warmly welcome Des O’Toole (Coillte – Business Development Manager) as the new President of IrBEA, Des has worked with IrBEA for many years on the committee, he has provided invaluable support and has helped grow the organisation. We look forward to him leading IrBEA into the next period where we hope to see bioenergy sector develop. We would also like to congratulate Paddy Phelan (Manager of Carlow and Kilkenny Energy Agency) for taking up the role of Vice President,  we are extremely lucky to have these two experienced experts working on the IrBEA board.

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Bioenergy 2018 – IrBEA National Bioenergy Conference – 7 February 2018 

The Irish Bioenergy Association (IrBEA) is pleased to inform you that Bioenergy 2018 will take place on Wednesday 7th February 2018 please save this date in your diary. It’s an important year for the renewable energy industry in Ireland. The Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment recently launched the final consultation on a Renewable Heat Incentive for Ireland this year to incentivise industrial and commercial heat users to switch to greener technologies we hope that  in 2018 Ireland bioenergy sector will benefit from these incentives.

The event is the premier bioenergy event in Ireland and is an ideal opportunity to network with the industry. Typically the event is attended by project developers, financers, industrial and commercial consumers,
consultants, service providers, engineering and construction companies, and many other stakeholders in the industry. Organisations interested in sponsoring elements of the conference (whole or parts of) are asked to contact Teresa O’Brien contact@irbea.ie We will release details of speakers and other information in the coming weeks.
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New IrBEA Members for 2017

We would like to take this opportunity to welcome all new members to IrBEA in 2017 (companies listed below). As an association supporting the development and deployment of sustainable bioenergy, we look forward to collaborating with all IrBEA members to help drive the growth of the bioenergy industry in Ireland.

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IrBEA RHI Consultation 2017 – Submission

Please find the link here to the response to the Public Consultation on the design and implementation of a renewable heat incentive in Ireland on behalf of the Irish Bioenergy Association (IrBEA). These detailed responses are based on the responses co-ordinated by the IrBEA RHI Working Group on behalf of it’s members and those who responded accordingly to each of the questions raised concerning the design options for the RHI.

As an association supporting the development and deployment of sustainable bioenergy, we look forward to seeing the outcomes of the this consultation process and are hopeful that we will see a well-designed RHI scheme in place for 2017 that will drive growth and stimulate the bioenergy industry in Ireland towards 2020 and beyond.

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New Chief Executive announced for IrBEA

Dr Ger Devlin has been appointed to the position of Chief Executive Officer with IrBEA. He will take up this new role on March 6th this year. Ger holds a PhD in Biosystems Engineering from UCD and a PDip in Advanced Management Performance from UCD Michael Smurfit Business School. He has successfully co-ordinated and managed both publicly and privately funded research projects in the areas sustainable biomass supply chains, advanced biofuels and renewable technologies. He is also Ireland’s Team Leader for the IEA International Energy Agency’s Task 43 – Biomass Feedstocks for Energy Markets. Coupling his career with a lot of commercial activities he has held Director positions of three clean-tech companies and he is looking forward to leading IrBEA and its members for a sustainable future in bioenergy and to strategically position bioenergy to play a key role in Ireland’s Sustainable BioEnergy Roadmap between now and 2035 and beyond.

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Highlights of the ‘Bioenergy 2017’ IrBEA National Bioenergy Conference

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 At the conference: The Irish Bioenergy Association Director, Padraic O’Neill, with Fergal Leamy, CEO, Coillte and Matthew Clancy, Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland

190 strong attendance at IrBEA’s 16th National Bioenergy Conference on Thursday 9th February

  • Bioenergy conference calls for new stimulus to encourage new investment in the Bioenergy sector
  • Fergal Leamy, CEO describes Coillte as on a path to becoming the best forestry and land solutions company in Europe
  • Matthew Clancy, SEAI sees major opportunities and challenges for Ireland in achieving a low carbon economy
  • Professor David Connolly from Aalborg University, says “We need all the bioenergy available to make the transition to a fossil fuel-free future. District Heating will be a key factor in this transition.”
  • Representative from the legal sector, Garrett Monaghan (Arthur Cox) and Russell Smyth (KPMG) stressed the importance of planning, having experts on hand, and using funders as allies to help you get the job done.

Padraic O’Neill (IrBEA) in the welcome speech spoke of Bioenergy having enormous potential to provide energy savings and greenhouse gas emissions reductions in Ireland, but investor confidence is critical to shift investments towards renewable technologies. A renewable heat policy and support scheme should aim to accelerate market growth by removing the economic barriers currently preventing major capital projects from proceeding.

The programme featured four sessions, the first session focused on policy, Fergus Leamy, CEO of Coillte, the leading forestry, land owning, renewable energy and panel products business in Ireland, provided high-level insights on how we in Ireland can optimize our bioenergy potential. Matthew Clancy, Programme Manager for Low-Carbon Technologies at the SEAI talked about the detailed outlook and challenges for bioenergy in Ireland.

The timing of this conference was particularly appropriate in light of the final consultation on the Government’s proposed introduction of a renewable heat incentive (RHI). This very welcome development can be the key to unlocking the potential of bioenergy in Ireland. Getting to our renewable energy and climate change targets, generating energy from indigenous resources, reducing our dependence on imported fossil fuels, and promoting jobs and economic activity across the entire country, are just some of the benefits.

The Irish Bioenergy Association will be working hard over the next 4 weeks to make a comprehensive and effective submission to this consultation. Reflecting the importance of this challenge we had a session on the RHI consultation delivered by Tom Bruton in the mid morning sessions. After lunch, Session 3 concentrated on Project Finance. Garrett Monaghan of Arthur Cox covered the area of executing and financing biomass projects. He confirmed that capital is available for biomass projects but stressed the importance of planning, having experts on hand, and using funders as allies to help you get the job done. Garrett also looked at RHI implementation and addressed some of the current issues. Russell Smyth (KPMG) walked us through many projects scenarios which are up and running in the AD and W-E sector; commenting that there was a robust equity investment appetite for the sector.

We also had Franceso Panzeri (Demetra) who ran through the history of engineering and designing the ADBag. The solution is a modular system based on a prefabricated plastic bag, which is easy to be installed and maintained. Frank Donnelly of Northway Mushrooms detailed hands-on experiences of his farming business and how his dependence on different renewable energy supplies including biomass boilers and large solar panel investment has helped keep his business viable in changing economic times.

You can view the  conference presentations slides and other photos here, we will also shortly have the presentations in short video format.

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Noel Gavigan (IrBEA), Brian Armstong (ESB)

Adrian Dennehy (ESB)

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Nick Maskery and Mark Kenny (Biomass Engineering)

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Orlaith McVeigh (Action Renewables)

Petra Wassenaar (DMT Environmental Technology)

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Thomas Flynn (BioAgrigas), Paul O’Reilly (ORS),

MarkVarian (Eversheds)

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Prof David Donnelly, Aalborg University,

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Garrett Monaghan (Arthur Cox) and

Julie-ann Ennis (Coillte)

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Final Consultation On A Renewable Heat Incentive For Ireland

The Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment, Denis Naughten T.D. has launched the final consultation on a Renewable Heat Incentive for Ireland to incentivise industrial and commercial heat users. If you would like to review the documentation – ‘Public Consultation On the Design and Implementation of a Renewable Heat Incentive in Ireland’ can be viewed here

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Demetra have a successful day demonstrating their ADBag in Tipperary 

This event took place on the 16 November at the Horse and Jockey in Tipperary with a presentation from Franceso Panzeri (Demetra) who ran through the history of engineering and designing the ADBag. He discussed funding the research and building the pilot plant, interestingly both Enterprise Ireland and SEAI have been heavily involved in getting this company ready for business in Ireland. He also fielded many technical questions from visiting engineers and potential clients. We proceeded to the plant where the pilot ADBag was in situ at Tipperary Cheese. The pilot site was a scaled down version of a type you would buy, the ADbag was around 6m wide but it was working effectively as Francesco demonstrated.  It is designed to allow easy and cheap access to biogas production, ideally for small farms and food processors with a supply of waste. The Adbag solution is a modular system based on a prefabricated plastic bag, which is easy to be installed and maintained. A technical container unit regulates the recirculation, feeding and heating of the digester. The ADbag can be supplied with or without the CHP, whatever the client prefers but it is at an extra cost. The system is fully automatized and can be controlled remotely. It was a very informative day and we would like to thank Francesco for sharing  his knowledge and Donal Hayes (Tipperary Cheese) our host who graciously allowed 25 delegates to visit his farm to see the ADBag in action. Demetra ADBag Brochure