Support Scheme for Renewable Heat (SSRH) Workshop in Killarney – 4th March 2020

IrBEA Member Clearpower are hosting a free SSRH workshop through the Irish hotels federation in the Brehon Hotel in Killarney on March 4th. Register here

This biomass workshop and mentoring offers business managers who are planning or considering a biomass heat project for their organisation assistance from biomass project advisors through:

  • Expert mentoring and site visit to guide you with your biomass heat project
  • Best practice for project delivery and management
  • Peer to peer learning to discuss common challenges and opportunities
  • Guidance on SEAI Support Scheme for Renewable Heat

Places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis to eligible attendees.

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Support Scheme for Renewable Heat (SSRH) Information Seminar – 10th & 11th March

The SSRH was approved by the Government in December 2017 and has been developed to increase the use of renewable energy in the heat sector by circa three percentage points.
Phase two of the scheme was officially launched on June 4th 2019 by Minister Richard Bruton TD. After a long gestation period this important incentive is now live. The SSRH is very relevant to the poultry, pig and horticulture sectors in Ireland. The current flow of queries on the SSRH shows that there is a knowledge gap around the practical engineering applications which are allowable within the regulations. Teagasc and SEAI have organised two “hands on” seminar’s on the practical application of the SSRH to biomass boilers. There will also be a presentation and discussion on the relevance of solar PV to agricultural sectors. For more details and register for this event click the link

IrBEA Biomass Heating Systems Designers Register & Training – Dublin 18th – 19th February 2020


The Irish Bioenergy Association (IrBEA) is working on a Sustainability Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) RD&D Project to develop a Biomass Designers and Installers Register. In 2019, IrBEA ran 2 successful Biomass Practitioners courses in February and July. The courses focusing on the key aspects of design and installation of biomass heating systems. We are now seeking attendees for the next training course on the Tuesday 18th & Wednesday 19th of February which will take place at a DCU Innovation Centre, Finglas Road, Dublin 11. Places are limited, so book now to avoid disappointment. If you are interested in participating please contact IrBEA CEO Seán Finan at or 087-4146480.

Background to this Project
Members have reported that some commercial biomass installations over the years have not functioned correctly and have been turned off. There are a multitude of reasons for systems not working including poor design, incorrect installations, incorrect fuels used or poor maintenance of the system. IrBEA’s objective is to create a register of competent and professional Biomass Designers and Installers who have demonstrated a level of experience, have undertaken the training course and who fulfil certain criteria.
What is the Benefit of the Biomass Designers and Installers Registers?
The Biomass Designers and Installers Register are two separate registers of companies who specialize in the design and/or installation of Biomass Heating Systems. The register will act as a useful reference point for heat users who wish to employ a competent biomass system designer or installer.

Biomass Practitioners Training Course
The 2-day Biomass Practitioners Training course is a mandatory requirement for inclusion on both Biomass Installers and Designers register.  The course is presented by industry expert David Palmer. David is an experienced specialist with extensive expertise and knowledge in the design and installation of biomass heating systems. The aim of this course is to refresh designers and installers and improve participants knowledge of design and install of biomass heating systems. To find out more please contact IrBEA CEO Seán Finan at or 087-4146480.

PRESS RELEASE: IrBEA are delighted to announce Bord na Móna as premium sponsor of Bioenergy conference

The Irish Bioenergy Association (IrBEA) is pleased to announce Bord na Móna (BNM) as the premium sponsor for their upcoming National Bioenergy Conference which will take place in Croke Park on February 26th next. The conference titled “Bioenergy – Inspiring the Industry with Opportunity and Vision” will bring together professionals, industry representatives,  researchers, farmers, foresters, technology providers and many important stakeholders across the bioenergy sectors of biomass, biogas, biofuels, energy crops and wood fuels. The conference provides a platform to discuss all aspects of the bioenergy industry, its role in the transition to a low carbon economy and the opportunity and role bioenergy has in addressing climate change.

Des O’Toole, IrBEA President welcoming the premium sponsorship of Bord na Móna for the Irish Bioenergy Association conference and said “Sustainably produced biomass will play a key role in Irelands transition from a fossil-fuel based economy to a low carbon economy. We are delighted to welcome Bord na Móna as premium sponsor for this year’s upcoming Irish Bioenergy Association conference. Bord na Móna are actively encouraging the mobilisation of Irelands private forestry resources, matching local supply with local energy demand while providing a route to market for these first and second thinning’s”

Announcing details of the conference, it was confirmed that the event will hear from industry experts who will share their thoughts and insights into the opportunities that exist for bioenergy in Ireland. Speakers will address some of the key opportunities and challenges which exist for the bioenergy industry such as air quality, need for government  supports, how to establish and develop a bioenergy business in rural Ireland, mobilisation of private forestry resources, the global picture for bioenergy and challenges we face in achieving Irish and European targets. The conference will also provide delegates with an invaluable opportunity to network and meet key individuals and friends working within the industry. 

Seán Finan IrBEA CEO said “we are delighted to welcome Bord na Móna as a premium sponsor for our conference. Bord na Móna is a valued member of our association and are on an exciting transition journey from fossil fuels to renewable energy. The company has a very significant part to play as a large scale user of domestically grown biomass and energy crops. Bord na Móna’s business and power generation activities are responsible for developing indigenous biomass supply chain and markets for biomass materials. The use of indigenous biomass by Bord na Móna will assist Ireland to decarbonisation our energy system but also drive the economic and growth agenda in rural Ireland.”  

Head of Bord na Móna Powergen Operations, Tom Egan said:  “We are delighted to be sponsoring the IrBEA National Bioenergy Conference. Edenderry Power Station shows the potential of bioenergy and how it can help Ireland transition from fossil fuels to low carbon, renewable energy generation. Our latest figures show 80% of Edenderry’s biomass is supplied by Irish producers. The biomass contribution at Edenderry makes it the biggest supplier of ‘on-demand’ renewable energy on the Island of Ireland. This means when the wind doesn’t blow or the sun doesn’t shine we can guarantee a supply of renewable energy to the grid.  Ireland aims to have a 70% renewable electricity supply by 2030.  By 2024 Edenderry will be generating 100% renewable energy, helping Ireland meet this vital climate action target”.


For Further information please contact:

Seán Finan B.E. C.Eng MIEI


Irish Bioenergy Association



Note to Editors:

Photo Caption:

Pictured viewing the Biomass at Bord na Móna’s Edenderry Power Station at the launch of the Bord na Móna sponsorship of the Irish Bioenergy Association, National Bioenergy conference are L to R Tom Egan, Head of Bord na Móna Powergen Operations and Seán Finan CEO of the Irish Bioenergy Association.

About the Bioenergy Future Ireland IrBEA National Conference

The conference will take place in Croke Park on the 26th February 2019. To book a delegate place please contact John McNamee at + 46 9773434 Check out the conference website at for a full speaker schedule and agenda and to register as a delegate.

About the Irish Bioenergy Association (IrBEA)

IrBEA was founded in May 1999. Its role is to promote the bioenergy industry and to develop this important sector on the island of Ireland. The organisation is a self-governing non-profit association of voluntary members. Our diverse membership includes: farmers and foresters, fuel suppliers, energy development companies, equipment manufacturers and suppliers, engineers, financiers and tax advisers, legal firms, consultants, planners, research organisations, local authorities, education and advisory bodies – anyone with an interest in the bioenergy industry. Governance and strategic oversight is provided by the Board of Directors and a Management Committee, with support from a small Executive Team. IrBEA is affiliated to Bioenergy Europe and the European Biogas Association (EBA).

About  Bord na Móna (IrBEA)

In order to support Ireland’s energy security Bord na Móna previously used much of its land to harvest peat for energy generation. The urgent need to support positive climate action measures means the company is now managing its business in a very different way. As part of its Brown to Green Strategy, Bord na Móna is implementing an extensive peatland rehabilitation programme, developing its renewable assets and expanding its new low carbon operations. A key objective of this strategy involves using our assets to increase our contribution towards meeting Ireland’s Climate targets from green, sustainable energy solutions. As the company undertakes this broad range of positive climate actions, it supports the transition to a green economy and in the next few years will also become one of the largest producers of renewable electricity in Ireland.





Bioenergy Future Ireland 2020 is fast approaching you can Register here We are proud to bring together industry leaders and like-minded individuals to openly discuss the importance of bioenergy in the future of Ireland energy supply. We will be looking at the issues and opportunities around Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI), RES (E), National Energy & Climate Plan, Biomass, CHP, Biogas, Biofuels, Anaerobic Digestion and much more. Discussions will take place on the latest developments, trends, strategies and policies relating to one of Ireland’s most important energy sectors.

This plans to be a great event for the industry in Ireland with an impressive speaker line up in place, see below. Delegates will hear engaging presentations from some of the most influential people in the Irish & International bioenergy sectors and there will be multiple engagement opportunities with speakers, IrBEA CEO Sean Finan and President Des O’Toole, along with Government, Industry and Solution Supplier representatives.


Ray Langton – Sustainable Energy Association Ireland
Donna Gartland – District Heating Association
Billy Costello – Green Generation
Prof. Brian Ó Gallachóir UCC & SEAI Energy Report
James Cogan – Ethanol Europe
Laura Burke – Enviromental Protection Agency
Donal Hayes – Tipperary Cheese
Eugene Hendrick – Wood Fuel Quality Assurance Scheme Chairman
Jack Cotter – Cotter Bros Wood Fuel
More speaker updates to follow….


Producing Wood Quality Fuel for Renewable Heat Workshops Across the Country

The  Wood Fuel Quality Assurance (WFQA) Scheme recently held wood fuel workshops and site visits in association with the Forest service of the Dept of Agriculture, Food and the Marine. Workshops and site visits were held in Laois, Limerick, Roscommon and Meath. IrBEA would like to thank all the WFQA members who hosted  the site visits. The participants attending an IrBEA workshop held in Co Laois, Producing Quality Wood Fuels for Heating followed by a demonstration with members of the Wood Fuel Quality Assurance Scheme. It was followed by a site visit hosted by Ken Worrell of Worrell Woodchip, Killenard, Co Laois

IrBEA Press Release – Wood Fuels Need to be Treated Differently to Other Solid Fuels

The Irish BioEnergy Association (IrBEA) and the Wood Fuel Quality Assurance Scheme notes with great concern press reports today that the government may be considering a nationwide ban on burning all solid fuels to solve air quality and emissions issues regardless of their individual potential. IrBEA are objecting to wood fuels being potentially treated in the same way as fossil fuels, and essentially being tarred with the same brush. Wood fuels are an essential part in assisting Ireland reduce its greenhouse gas emissions and transiting to a low carbon economy. Properly dried and combusted, wood fuel is an environmentally safe fuel. Our organisation is specifically focused on developing wood fuels for their considerable benefits in terms of reduction of greenhouse gases and for providing a cost-effective and sustainable source of heating and efficient combined heat and power. IrBEA through the Wood Fuel Quality Assurance Scheme is specifically focused on developing quality wood fuels for consumers. Wood Fuels contribute added benefits in terms of reduction of greenhouse gas emissions when compared to fossil fuels while providing a cost-effective and sustainable source of heating and efficient combined heat and power.

Noel Gavigan, Technical Executive with the Irish Bioenergy Association and Manager of the Wood Fuel Quality Assurance Scheme states “we unquestionably must look to reducing all emissions of particulate matter and CO2, wood fuel offers over 90% reduction in greenhouse gases over fossil fuels. By only using properly dried wood fuels we can immediately reduce any particulate emissions to one third, further to this by using better technology such as enclosed stoves and now EU certified Ecodesign stoves, emissions are reduced by 89%.”

With the government proposal to consider a ban on using all solid fuels we would essentially remove Irelands potential to use its own natural resource. The state and private land owners have heavily invested in establishing forests, an investment that is provides valuable wood products for use in the Irish economy, in wood fuels, board products, and sawn timber and in other uses.
Gavigan concluded “Earlier this year we submitted a detailed, evidence-based proposal to the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment on talking the issue of totally unsuitable wet firewood being placed on the market and the implications this has for air pollution, and the heating value of wood fuel. The submission was followed up in a further communication in early October.
IrBEA has set a number of key recommendations to the department on the regulation of firewood for sale in Ireland. Specifically, we are calling for legislation to ban the retail sale of firewood with moisture content above 20% by the year 2022, with an interim limit of 25% by September 2020. We see this as a first and critical step to reducing emissions of carbon dioxide, particulates and nitrous oxides.”
Technical Notes to Editors
Wood fuel quality is critical to ensuring low emissions and high efficiency. The EU/ISO standard for firewood sets a limit of 25% moisture content for A1 firewood. It is well recognised and tested that wet domestic wood fuels produce high emissions of particulates and NOx, while at the same time giving little heat to the consumer. Firewood at 20% moisture content produces less than 33% of the emissions of wood fuel at 30% moisture content in older stoves, while in modern Eco-Design stoves the emission levels are reduced by almost 90%.
According to SEAI figures wood fuels produce as little as 3.2g CO2 per MJ heat, comparing this to gas which produces 56.9g, kerosene which produces 73.3g and heat pumps today which produce anything from 19g to 52g depending on the amount of wind on the electrical system. No other heating source can produce heat on demand with such a minimal impact on CO2 emissions.

About the Wood Fuel Quality Assurance Scheme (WFQA)
The Wood Fuel Quality Assurance (WFQA) scheme for Ireland is an all island scheme established to increase consumer confidence in wood fuel products sold in Ireland. The WFQA administered by IrBEA independently certifies and verifies suppliers of firewood, wood pellets, woodchip and wood briquettes. All certification is carried out against EN ISO 17225 standards for biomass fuels. The WFQA currently certifies 25 suppliers and engages in workshops and open days to promote the use of properly produced wood fuels. We welcome queries from the general public seeking to know more about using wood fuels and in identifying the correct type of fuel to use. Further details can be found at

About the Irish BioEnergy Association (IrBEA)
IrBEA was founded in May 1999. Its role is to promote the bioenergy industry and to develop this important sector on the island of Ireland. The organisation is a self-governing non-profit association of voluntary members. Our diverse membership includes: farmers and foresters, fuel suppliers, energy development companies, equipment manufacturers and suppliers, engineers, financiers and tax advisers, legal firms, consultants, planners, research organisations, local authorities, education and advisory bodies – anyone with an interest in the bioenergy industry. Governance and strategic oversight are provided by Board of Directors and a Management Committee, with support from a small Executive Team. IrBEA is affiliated to BioEnergy Europe and the European Biogas Association (EBA).

For further information please contact
Noel Gavigan, IrBEA Technical Executive & WFQA Programme Manager


Pictures from IrBEA’s Bioenergy for Climate Change in Transport Conference in October

IrBEA in partnership with valued member Ethanol Europe recently organised a one day conference on the topic “Bioenergy for Climate Action in Transport”. The event took place in the Clayton Hotel Ballsbridge in late October. Conference delegates heard from a diverse and varied line up of speakers who highlighted and discussed the role that Bioenergy can play in addressing Climate Action in Transport. IrBEA would like to thank our Management Executive Committee member James Cogan for all his work, help and assistance in organising this successful event. Pictured  are speakers at the recent “Bioenergy for Climate Action in Transport” event. Back L to R Barry Caslin Teagasc, Fintan Conway, Ilaria Stretti IGW, Eddie Punch ICSA, Tony Hennebry Green Biofuels Ireland. Front Row L to R Seán Finan IrBEA, Michael Mc Bennett Farmer and Founding member of IrBEA and james Cogan Ethanol Europe.

Press Release – “Mobilising an Irish Biogas Industry with Policy and Action”

Press Release: Immediate Release

Biogas Can Addresses Ireland’s Declared Climate Emergency with Government Policy and Action Now

The Irish Bioenergy Association (IrBEA) and Cré – Composting and Anaerobic Digestion Association of Ireland recently launch their joint policy document calling for a biogas support scheme titled “Mobilising an Irish Biogas Industry with Policy and Action”. This document developed following consultation with members and key stakeholders in the sector, sets out a road map for how the government target of 1.6Twh of biomethane by 2030 can be achieved on a phased basis over the next number of years. The document provides the Irish government with an industry roadmap for the role out of a meaningful Irish biogas industry. This document addresses the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Climate Action call for a strategy to be developed for anaerobic digestion and also the Government Climate Action Plan action on biomethane injection. This policy document articulates a vision from the industry and outlines the key principles which will need to be followed for the growth and development of a successful Irish biogas industry. Read more

IrBEA Member – 3 Counties Energy Agency (3CEA) are Lead Partners in Interreg NWE Project – REGENERGY

Renewable Energy Regions

Strong partnerships to connect urban demand & rural supply

NWE is one of the EU’s highest energy consuming regions. The share of renewable energy in the region’s production and consumption mix is low and there is a strong dependence on non-renewable energy sources.

RegEnergy aims to break up existing structures for increasing the use of renewable energy in NWE regions. Creating renewable energy demand–supply partnerships between urbanised and surrounding rural territories will lead to reducing greenhouse gas emissions. 9 project-partners from 7 NWE countries, representing metropolitan regions, cities, rural communities, regional agencies, scientific institutions and renewable energy producers will develop strategies and models to illustrate how such partnerships can be built. In three strategic areas the missing regional links between demand and supply from renewables will be addressed: The institutional and administrative framework conditions (e.g. cooperation agreements) as well as the main infrastructure (e.g. biogas pipelines) that such partnerships require are as central as the question of required technologies (e.g. smart grids, storage capacities).

Pilot partnerships in across Northwest-Europe will invest in

  • institutional arrangements for regional prosumers
  • lacking renewable infrastructure
  • regional supply-demand chains
  • coping with limited grid capacity and intermittent RE supply
  • balancing regional supply and demand profiles

To sustain and widely spread the results RegEnergy partners will present best-practice and showcases to cooperating regions and will actively help them to develop appropriate RE demand-supply partnerships in their region.

The partnership is led by the European city network Climate Alliance and includes project-partners from France (Brest métropolis), Belgium (Flux50), Great Britain (Plymouth City Council), the Netherlands (Waterstromen), Ireland (3 Counties Energy Agency, Waterford Institute of Technology, Ormonde Upgrading Limited) and Switzerland (Planair).


Project funding period: Oct 2018 – Sep 2022
RegEnergy is supported by the INTERREG North-West Europe Program. The total project budget amounts to €11.08 million Euro; application for ERDF funding: 6.1 million Euro.

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