Aurivo Co-operative in Ballaghaderreen, Co. Roscommon has been shortlisted as Leadership Finalists 2016 in the SEAI Sustainable Energy Awards 2016.
Aurivo is striving to reduce its impact on the environment through energy efficiency and energy from biomass, with recent initiatives offsetting over 8,000 tonnes of CO2 in the first four months of 2016. In 2015, Aurivo installed a 15MW biomass boiler which replaced a heavy fuel oil boiler to dry liquid milk. The plant is the first of its kind in the west and Aurivo became the first large scale milk processor in the country to switch to biomass as a source of energy. Previously the owners used 1 tanker of heavy fuel oil, before installing a biomass boiler which uses c.30,000 tonnes of wood chip per annum.
Auviro is one of four organisations who have successfully progressed as finalists in the Leadership category. These companies have demonstrated extraordinary leadership and ambition in advancing sustainable energy in their organisation or community over a prolonged period.
You can vote for Aurivo here
CREST (Centre for Renewable Energy and Sustainable Technologies) at South West College, is hosting a free biomass seminar, tour and demonstration on Friday 21st October 2016. CREST is an associate partner in the GREBE project and this event is being run in partnership with Biomass Energy Northern Ireland (BENI) and it will run from 10.00 a.m. to 2.30 pm in the CREST pavilion.
Aimed at growers, biofuel suppliers, landowners biomass end users and anyone interested in the sector, the event will focus on ‘Opportunities in Biomass’ and will give an overview of the economic outlook, energy crops, fuel quality, funding for innovation and the future prospects for the industry. The event will also include a tour and demonstration of CREST’s R&D biomass processing facilities and testing laboratories, which are state-of-the-art.
These facilities support research and development activities on behalf on the SME businesses across Northern Ireland and has wider collaborative linkages across Europe.
Biomass Energy Northern Ireland (BENI) is a self-funded organisation whose members are actively engaged in all aspects of the production, marketing and use of biomass energy in Northern Ireland with a strong emphasis on Biomass Renewable Heat. John Martin, Chairman of BENI commented “There is still a target of 10% of Heat from renewable sources by 2020, despite the closure of the Renewable Heat Incentive Scheme. A clear strategy needs to be put in place by the Department for the Economy(DfE) as a matter of urgency, to ensure this target is met”.
Other speakers at the event include:
- Michael Doran: (Action Renewables, GREBE Partner) and President of the Irish Bioenergy Association (IrBEA)
- Barry Caslin: Bioenergy & Rural Development Specialist in Teagasc
- Jim Clarke: Deputy Principal Sustainable Development in Invest NI
- Stewart Cameron: Glendale Tree Services and BENI Member
- Paul Cairns: CREST Biomass R&D Technician
To register for Biotech 2016 or for further information, contact Gary Logue at firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 028 (048 from ROI) 66342251 by Monday 17th October 2016.