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.
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.
Noel Gavigan (IrBEA), Brian Armstong (ESB)
Adrian Dennehy (ESB)
Nick Maskery and Mark Kenny (Biomass Engineering)
Orlaith McVeigh (Action Renewables)
Petra Wassenaar (DMT Environmental Technology)
Thomas Flynn (BioAgrigas), Paul O’Reilly (ORS),
Prof David Donnelly, Aalborg University,
Garrett Monaghan (Arthur Cox) and
Julie-ann Ennis (Coillte)
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
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
The trade bodies Cré and IrBEA representing the entire sector have hired an international expert to conduct a number of reports which examined the potential of the anaerobic digestion sector to decarbonise the agri and waste sectors with multiple cross-sectoral benefits. These reports assessed that potential in terms of available feedstocks and quantifies the benefits in terms of GHG emission reduction by 2030 to 32% of total national Greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.
In terms of absolute figures, all evaluated scenarios of power production and combined heat and power production exhibit cumulative annual offsets ranging from 1.1 billion to 1.5 billion Euro by 2030, depending on the corresponding CO2eq price.
In addition to quantifiable benefits outlined in the reports, there are additional benefits which cannot be easily quantified, nor economically assessed. Among these benefits is flexible use of the natural gas grid for heating, cooling and transport, rural development and sustainable agriculture, improved air quality related to alternative waste treatment pathways. View reports here.
Report 1: The Potential Size of the Anaerobic Digestion Industry in Ireland by the Year 2030
Report 2: Anaerobic Digestion Industry Potential Contribution to CO2 Mitigation in Ireland
Report 3: Evaluation of The Benefi ts of CO2 Abatement Delivered from Anaerobic Digestion in Ireland
Thursday 9th February 2017 @ 9am – 04.30pm
Castleknock Hotel and Country Club, Dublin 15
Look forward to seeing you next week at ‘Bioenergy 2017’ – We are pleased to announce that we have included a new session – Tom Bruton of BioXL will talk about the the main design details of the latest RHI public consultation document. This will be followed by a Q & A session with contributions invited from the floor.
Speakers both national and international will present industry models, policy perspectives, investment advice and opportunities to stimulate lively discussion and strong media coverage. The conference will give delegates and exhibitors an opportunity to network. We also plan to organise an evening dinner after the event around 6.00pm.
2017 will be a pivotal year for Ireland’s energy, we need to move towards clean technologies. Currently, in Ireland, we have a renewable market share of 8.7%, with Bioenergy contributing 2% of this. It’s imperative that the Irish Government develops an energy policy that allows for greater growth in the Bioenergy sector. This will be under discussion at the conference. Registration Details
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Donal Magner attended IrBEA’s Bioenergy field trip to Denmark last September, he has now written a interesting report on the tour, it contains a wealth of information on how the renewable industry operates in Denmark and makes suggestions on how we can replicate some of these models in Ireland. View here or download
Following on from last week’s conference, please find below the link to A Guide to District Heating Ireland, which has been developed by Dublin’s energy agency Codema on behalf of the Irish Bioenergy Association and Tom Bruton of BioXL. The guide aims to understand district heating and its benefits and presents learnings for the Irish context from case studies of existing systems and techno-economic analyses of planned systems to be carried out. The guide can be downloaded here Following on from the District heating conference that was held in Dublin on the 4th October, we have the presentations which can be viewed in pdf format here
As you know we have had the budget this week and statements from different government departments have been released, including Denis Naughten Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment (DCCAE). Everyone is attempting to make sense of what has been promised in terms of investment into Sustainable energy. Tom Bruton blogs on the background to the budget announcements of relevance to sustainable energy here, he is a principal consultant with BioXL, a specialist energy consultancy in Ireland. He has wide expertise in sustainable energy technology and policy, he was also President of IrBEA.
The Irish BioEnergy Association with the assistance of SEAI is pleased to issue the document: Study on Biomass Conbustion Emissions – Draft Consultation, the report has been completed by Fehilly Timoney Consultants. Throughout the previous four years Irish businesses have been calling for the introduction of a Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) to support the development of biomass heating in Ireland. The introduction of such a measure would assist Ireland in meeting its 2020 Renewable Energy Targets, reduce Irelands dependence on imported fossil fuels and reduce Irelands greenhouse gas emissions. However the question has been raised – Will the combustion of biomass result in other emissions to atmosphere that may be harmful to the environment or human health? This brief report seeks to open this question and to inform the reader as to the main aspects of the question. The report seeks to inform the reader about biomass combustion and the techniques used to mitigate and control emissions.
The Irish BioEnergy Association invites stakeholders, policy makers and members of the public to examine this report and share their views on the topic.
Responses received may contribute directly to the report or may form the basis of future studies into the matter at hand. Open for public consultation from 11th October 2016 to 25th October 2016
All responses to be issued via email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Responses to be received by 5pm on the 25th October 2016