BioTECH 2016 – Opportunities in Biomass – CREST Centre, Enniskillen – 21st October 2016

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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 gary.logue@swc.ac.uk or telephone 028 (048 from ROI) 66342251 by Monday 17th October 2016.

Brash Chip processing event in Northern Ireland

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A brash chipping demonstration was recently held at Shanes Castle Estate, Co. Antrim. Shanes Castle is a working Estate consisting of about 800 acres of farmland and about 1000 acres of woodland.

The event was organised by Biomass Energy Northern Ireland (BENI) and one of its members from the local area, Glendale Tree services, Randalstown. The event was held for anyone actively involved or interested in the biomass sector, showcasing a very informative day and a great networking opportunity for those involved within the sector. The demonstration covered all aspects of chipping, from selecting the feedstock at Shane’s castle to its storage on the drying floors at the local Glendale Tree services site. Glendale Tree Services are a very local orientated company, actively working with schools and the community on simple environmental projects when the opportunity arises.

Attendees were also given the opportunity to visit Shanes Castle onsite renewable technology, the hydro-electrical system.  Originally installed in 1905 to provide power to the house and small buildings, it has now been refurbishment and recommissioned to provide green energy.  At present, the Hydro generates enough power to provide electricity to about 300 households and therefore save about 900 tonnes of CO2 per year. (Shanes Castle website http://www.shanescastle.com/)