DATE: Tuesday 20th October, 9.30 – 11.30am
To coincide with the Bioeconomy Ireland Week 2020, the Irish Bioenergy Association are to launch the THREE C project here in Ireland. The project is a three-year Interreg North West Europe funded project which sees 13 project partners from across 6 countries participating in a transnational collaborative initiative aimed at creating a carbon circular economy. The project is the follow up to the RE-DIRECT project which investigated the potential to develop indigenous biochar and activated carbon production from underutilised, waste or residual biomass.
THREE C aims to move beyond the proof of concept stage and instead is focused on promoting innovation and business development in the circular economy based on alternative charcoal products. Biochar, which is a carbon rich solid material made by heating biomass in a low oxygen environment, has a wide range of potential applications largely due to their physical structure – being highly porous, they have large surface areas making them very effective as an adsorbent. Biochar can be used for filtration purposes, to reduce smells and odours, as a soil conditioner and improver as well as a variety of potential agricultural and industrial applications.
The project will look to team up with any SMEs, start-ups or entrepreneurs looking to develop biochar based products or services, and, with the cooperation of project partners from across 6 different countries, provide access to expertise in product development, quality control and marketing.
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Seán Finan is the Chief Executive Officer with IrBEA, he is a Chartered Engineer and holds a Bachelor of Civil Engineering (Hons) Degree from National University of Ireland, Galway. Prior to joining IrBEA, he has over 12 years engineering and management experience with John Sisk & Son (Holding) Ltd and took a two-year secondment from Sisk (2015 – 2017) to complete the full-time elected role as 35th National President of Macra na Feirme – the young farmers’ representative organisation. Seán’s key role is to lead IrBEA and its members to develop the Bioenergy sector in Ireland. He is also directly involved in IrBEA projects and takes a lead role in the EIP Small Biogas Demonstration Project and the Interreg NWE REDIRECT Project.
Ffarm Moelyci, Wales
Colin has 25 years’ experience at senior manager or director level in various organisations in Wales including several SME’s involved in recycling, renewable energy and environmental conservation. He is director of the consortium company Ymlaen Moelyci Cyf, overseeing multiple project developments on Ffarm Moelyci.
Moelyci is now home to the IFBB Biomass farm-scale plant plus biochar retort, to which will be added a renewable energy system including Solar PV, Wind turbine and battery storage with intelligent management supplying the different business on the farm via a micro-grid. There is also a farm shop and cafe, a large group of community allotments for vegetable growing, a market garden, an education centre and small business workshops. The site also links to several local food businesses and a group of eight other sheep and cattle farms with land holdings totalling 1750 Hectares.
THREE C Project Officer, IrBEA
Stephen McCormack is the THREE C project officer with IrBEA, having previously worked on the forerunner project, RE-DIRECT. Stephen has a background in Energy, Sustainability and the Environment, with a BSc in Environmental Science from the Institute of Technology Sligo. He sees great potential for the creation of a circular carbon , bio-based economy and the positive impact it could have.
Dr. Robert Johnson
Dr. Robert Johnson joined Arigna Biofuels in 2010 as R&D Manager, whilst completing a Ph.D in biomass thermal conversion at the Energy Research Institute (ERI) at the University of Leeds. Previous to this, he qualified with a First Class Honours degree in Chemistry from Huddersfield University. Robert has over 27 years’ industrial experience in research, pharmaceutical and various manufacturing environments and is passionate about the potential of renewable carbon to help solve the climate crisis.