Action Renewables is acting as a facilitator for a Collaborative Network trying to stimulate green gas in the transport sector. Partners in the collaborative network are Translink, Belfast City Council, B9 Solutions, Queens University Belfast, Agri AD, Granville Ecoparks, Hydrogen Green Power and Red Kite Management. These partners have been working together since October 2017. The Network will carry out a scoping study to determine what opportunities exist in the development of a supply chain for the production and distribution of biogas, particularly in respect of the transport sector.
Key objectives are to look at:
- Technical and cost requirements involved in producing green gas, biogas and green hydrogen
- The size of the potential market for gaseous biofuels
- The export potential for gaseous biofuels produced in Northern Ireland
- Financial return/business models associated with the use of green gas in various sectors
- How an innovative fuel supply chain in Northern Ireland could align itself in order to comply with the requirements of the new RTFO scheme
- Benefits of delivering an alternative fuel supply network in terms of emission reduction; air quality; job creation; and potential inward investment
- Identifying enabling technologies, skills and resources necessary to take advantage of these new opportunities
- Identifying the relevant skills gaps and how best these can be mitigated against either from within the group or by seeking additional expertise from other sources
- Recommendations that will best accelerate the longer-term growth of participating companies as a result of having taken part in the project
- The appetite to create a formal biogas supply chain collaborative network whose members can collectively and individually grow their businesses and the sector
It was Invest Northern Ireland that launched the Collaborative Network Growth Programme in Northern Ireland in December 2016. Invest NI allocated £5.7million funding over five years to help stimulate innovation among local businesses. One hundred per cent funding up to £25,000 is available to industry-led networks requiring facilitation support to scope innovative collaborative projects.
At the launch it was said that “Innovation is absolutely essential to wider economic growth and the Collaborative Growth Programme will support SMEs to combine expertise, funding and contacts to develop new products and services and open up new business opportunities worldwide.
Action Renewables will publish The Green Gas Collaborative Network findings in a report due out in June 2018.