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.

IrBEA RHI Consultation March 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.

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

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

New Studies: AD can Decarbonise the Agri and Waste Sectors

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 benefitsThese 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

Next Week – Bioenergy 2017 – IrBEA National Bioenergy Conference

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

For trade stand enquires contact: Teresa O’Brien  contact@irbea.ie 086125 6789

 

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A Guide to District Heating Ireland

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

Sustainable Energy Updates from Budget 2017 including observations on RHI development

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.

Study on Biomass Combustion Emissions – Draft Consultation 11- 25 October 2016

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 emissions@irbea.org

Responses to be received by 5pm on the 25th October 2016

 

IrBEA ‘Financing Bioenergy Projects’ Workshop – Valuable knowledge sharing

50 people attended the IRBEA ‘Financing Bioenergy Projects’ Workshop at Luttrellstown Golf Club in Castleknock. Attendees would of learnt some valuable lessons from the talks, speakers discussed their experiences financing projects, from large biomass power plants (Peter Dickson) to the medium size projects including AD and CHP technology (George Delaney). Garrett Monaghan’s contribution was important as he highlighted the issue of having a detailed proposal and well informed advisors. Paddy Phelan offered valuable insight into the funding implications for community based projects, including the importance of involving the community in planning larger scale projects. This event was the first of it’s kind for IrBEA focusing on finance and from the feedback we have received we will hope to be running a similar event in 2017.

Presentations can be viewed here:

Peter Dickson from Glennmont Partners

Peter Dickson – Glennmont Partners

George Delaney Bridge & York Partners

George Delaney – Bridge & York Partners

Hope all those who managed to take part in the Golf ProAM event in the afternoon enjoyed the competition and superb weather.