Bioenergy 2007

- Fuelling Ireland's Future

Presented by COFORD, Sustainable Energy Ireland (SEI) and Teagasc, Bioenergy 2007 will take place at Teagasc Oak Park, Carlow on Thursday 30 August.

Over 5000 people are expected to attend this unique and free event - using the 'Know-How to Show-How' concept - combining an indoor and outdoor technology and product exhibition, professional conference, seminar and workshop sessions - together with site visits, field excursions and practical demonstrations - all rolled into one comprehensive event.

Bioenergy 2007 will showcase the use and deployment of solid biomass and raise awareness across all sectors - from the land-owner to the end-user.

Growing, harvesting and using wood fuels and energy crop products to generate heat, electricity and fuel for homes and businesses, will be clearly demonstrated and explained.

Ireland's dependency on imported energy has grown to around 90%, compared with the EU average of 50%. Imported oil remains the dominant energy source, with a large part of Ireland's power generation and industrial production critically dependent on gas and oil. With the continued threat of climate change, the volatility of oil prices and the need to secure supplies of indigenous energy, consumers in both the domestic and commercial sectors are looking for less expensive and more secure sources of energy.

Bioenergy and wood-based fuels are coming very much to the fore as a cost-effective solution.

The use of wood fuel for energy generation is a new and growing sustainable industry, with potential for considerable expansion. It offers benefits for forest owners and managers, project developers, consumers, local communities and the environment.

Biomass has the potential to redirect hundreds of millions of euro to the Irish economy, create over 4,000 new full-time jobs in fuel supply and meet up to 10% of our energy needs by 2020.

Ireland has an excellent growing climate for wood fuel. For example, the productive potential of Irish forestry is 10 cubic metres per hectare per year, compared to 4 in Spain or Finland. In the past, Ireland has been slow to recognise and develop the full potential of biomass for energy production. However, that is changing.

The growing interest in bioenergy is a result of a change in attitude and policies - moving from just talking about bioenergy solutions to actually doing something about it. Bioenergy related projects - from planting of energy crops to heating plants of every size and form - are making the business headlines on a daily basis.

The recent introduction of financial incentives has been crucial in the stimulation, development, demonstration and deployment of new bioenergy technologies - e.g. the biomass harvesting and processing grants of the Forest Service are targeted at efficient large-scale production of forest biomass. The introduction of the BioEnergy Scheme and availability of grants for growing willow and miscanthus has seen almost 1100 hectares planted by over 140 growers
These measures will deliver around 10,000 tonnes of dry biomass to the marketplace each year.

As a direct result of three support funding programmes, administered by SEI, namely - the Greener Homes Scheme, the Reheat Programme and the Combined Heat and Power (CHP) Deployment Programme - the number of home owners and high energy users in the industrial, commercial, public and community sectors, now experiencing the many benefits of biomass heating, continues to increase.

Ireland has the potential to develop an indigenous fuel supply from forestry and wood industry by-product for domestic, industrial and export markets. Refined fuels - such as wood chips, pellets and briquettes (processed sawdust) - offer many advantages, as they are compact, clean and easy to store and have a very high energy content.

Investment in wood pellet plants has seen Scandinavian sawmills reporting a 25% increase in profits. They produce pellets from what was previously viewed as a waste stream - in fact, they often paid people to take it away.

Forest residues and other co-products from all parts of the forestry chain are resources that can be used for energy generation - in fact, some sawmills in Ireland could have on-site combined heat power and integrated pellet plant production (CHPP) and reap considerable financial benefits.
Austria, Sweden and Finland currently lead the way in using wood fuel. Entrepreneurs - often groups of local farmers, agri-co-operatives and individuals - have recognised the potential of biomass and established a renewable energy package for local communities and businesses. Offering a one-stop-shop energy approach - where they manage the fuel supply, planting, harvesting, producing and transporting the fuel - they are also responsible for supplying and maintaining the wood boilers.

This is a model that is being replicated in Ireland. With about 16,000 farmers involved in farm forestry, Ireland has a significant renewable fuel resource. Networks exist and - given the projected increase in national forest cover from over ten per cent to 17 per cent by 2030 and a related increase in the availability of wood residues - there is considerable potential for procurement of wood fuels from these resources.

Energy generation schemes using wood fuel range in size from pellet stoves to heat a single room, to automatic wood-fuelled boilers heating homes, public and commercial buildings - such as hospitals, schools, hotels and leisure centres.

Other potential industrial and commercial markets in Ireland include the food and drink, pharmaceutical and wood processing sectors, as well as the housing and commercial building sectors.

The wood heating market in Ireland is witnessing substantial growth. Ireland has a long tradition in using wood. However, today, amidst concerns over escalating fuel prices, security of supply, availability and vulnerability of finite fuel resources, we see an expanded range of 21st century wood fuels - pellets, chips, briquettes and log-wood are all particularly well adapted to domestic, commercial and industrial needs for fuelling Ireland's future.

Bioenergy 2007
Of all the national bioenergy events, Bioenergy 2007 will be the most important. Why? Well, unlike most other events, Bioenergy 2007 will transform bioenergy visions into reality - the integration of a professional technology and product exhibition with workshops, seminars, field visits, study tours and practical demonstrations, offers visitors a one-stop excursion into the modern world of bioenergy.

Examples of the different themes include -

Energy from forests
Growing and harvesting willow
Energy from agriculture - growing and using grain and miscanthus
Small-scale pellet production
Wood chip production
Quality fire wood production

Large and medium-scale pellet/chip use - demonstration of onsite wood chip/pellet/grain boilers.

Bioenergy 2007 is an exclusive and attractive marketplace for suppliers, installers, manufacturers and buyers of products, equipment, service technology, fuel and technology know-how within the Irish and international bioenergy sector and offers visitors the chance to meet the experts and find out more about the latest in bioenergy innovation.

The exhibition will be held in a tented village, centrally located and close to the field demonstrations. Ample outdoor space, alongside the indoor exhibition, will provide the perfect opportunity for showcasing and demonstrating various kinds of activities and many pieces of machinery and equipment - such as chippers, slash bundlers and other equipment best suited to outdoor operation. Newly-harvested raw materials will be available so that chippers, wood crushers and bundlers can demonstrate their abilities.

After passing through the many indoor and outdoor exhibition stands, boilers, stoves, wood chips, briquettes, pellets, sawdust, recycled wood, logs, slash bundlers, growing willow and miscanthus will no longer be a mystery.

Some examples of exhibitor categories -

Boiler suppliers and manufacturers for the domestic and commercial sectors
Stove suppliers
Refined wood fuel suppliers and producers - chips, pellets, briquettes and logs
Suppliers of technology combustion & handling technologies
Equipment suppliers
Product Distributors
Energy Service Contract Companies - ESCOs
International Commercial Trade Councils
Technical and professional bioenergy consultants
Professional organisations
R & D organisations.

During the day a series of seminars and professional conferences will be presented, covering the following topics -

Environmental issues (raw materials, by-products and emissions...)
Fuel quality, certification and standardisation of bioenergy for energy
Financial support for bioenergy
Biomass potentials (resources, energy crops...)
Bioenergy logistics (supply systems, storage of biomass...)
Bioenergy innovations (technology, processes, small/large scale...)
Market development, trends and forecasts
Biomass burning technologies (combustion, co-firing, retrofitting...)
Biopower (in industry, CHP or small-scale)
The growing pellet sector.

Bioenergy provides economic growth, a stable and secure energy supply, employment and technology development that does not come at the expense of the environment.

Visit Bioenergy 2007 on Thursday, 30 August 2007 to find out more.


Grant Programmes

BioEnergy Scheme - provides establishment grants to encourage the growing of willow and miscanthus for the production of biomass suitable for use as a renewable source of energy.

Support is payable on 50% of the approved costs associated with establishing miscanthus and willow crops for biomass. The cost of establishment is estimated at €2,900 per hectare - giving a maximum payment rate of up to €1,450 per hectare, with the balance to be invested by the applicant.
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The Greener Homes Scheme - assists householders to invest in all renewable heating technologies including -

  • Wood Chip or Pellet Stoves - €1100
  • Wood Chip or Pellet Stoves with back boiler - €1800
  • Whip Chip or Pellet Boilers - €4200.

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Renewable Heat Deployment Programme (ReHeat) - provides assistance for the deployment of renewable heating systems in industrial, commercial, public and community premises.

Qualifying Renewable Heating Systems - falling into the following three categories - can receive up to 30% capital grant -

  • Wood Chip or Pellet Boilers
  • Solar Hot Water Heating Systems
  • Heat Pumps.

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Combined Heat and Power (CHP) Deployment Programme - provides grants of up to 30% of the cost of installing small-scale fossil fuel CHP plant (50kWe and < 1MWe) and up to 40% of feasibility study costs, to assist investigation into the application.

Eligible applicants include companies and organisations in the industrial, commercial, service and public sector.

A call for proposals for biomass-fired CHP/AD CHP will be launched shortly and will provide capital grants of up to 35%. There will be no upper size limit for this call.
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For further information on the exhibition and Bioenergy 2007, contact -

Paul Dykes
Tel: +353 23 54166
[email protected]

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