The GREBE Project has published its 9th e-zine to showcase the activities and ongoing goals of the project.
Welcome to the 9th e-zine for the GREBE Project. Since April we have continued to carry out the project activities and meet our objectives. Our 9th partner meeting in Thurso was hosted by the Environmental Research Institute (ERI) and included a site visit to the world famous Old Pultney distillery and Wick District Heating Scheme. It also included our final conference ‘Local opportunities through Nordic cooperation’ on Thursday 24th May 2018. Details may be found on page 2.
The Renewable Energy Resource Assessment (RERA) Toolkits for Biomass, Wind & Solar Energy are now complete and details may be found on pages 3 & 4. The WDC completed a Regional Heat Study for the Western Region of Ireland and held two workshops on how the WDC can support and develop biomass use in the Western region. Details can be found on page 5. We also have an update of the EES in partner regions on pages 6 & 7 and details of the Action Renewables ‘Proposal for a Renewable Future’ on page 8. We have details on the development of a database based on the Influence of Environmental Conditions in NPA and Arctic Regions on page 9. And finally, we have details of Technology/Knowledge Transfer Cases on page 10.
Our e-zine can be downloaded from the GREBE Project website here.
The Western Development Commission is delighted to be sponsoring this year’s Regional Studies Association-Irish Branch Annual Conference, together with IT Sligo and the Northern & Western Regional Assembly.
The theme is “City Led Regional Development and Peripheral Regions”. Speakers will examine how urban areas interact with their rural regions and whether the development of the city or urban area leads to wider development. The conference takes place at the Institute of Technology Sligo on Friday 7th September. Register here.
Two international experts, Dr Andrew Copus from the James Hutton Institute in Aberdeen and Professor Mark Partridge, the C. William Swank Chair of Rural-Urban Policy at The Ohio State University, will present other countries’ experience on this theme and stimulate debate about the reality of “city led development”.
Issues in Ireland will be examined in other sessions focusing on the history of Irish planning, the development of regional strategies, the trickle-down effects of urban centres and what regional accounts can tell us about our regional economies. Academics from MU, UL, DCU, DIT and UCC will be joined by policymakers from the WDC, NWRA and IDA Ireland.
With the draft Regional Spatial and Economic Strategies of Project Ireland 2040 soon to be issued for public consultation, this conference offers a great opportunity to debate the future of regional development in Ireland.
Detailed Conference Information can be accessed here (including speaker bios, directions, and accommodation).
Register here for the conference (€70 including lunch) and come along and join in the debate.
GREBEs lead partner the Western Development Commission, wishes to recruit project administrators to work on two renewable energy projects.
The ‘Regional Development and Integration of unused biomass wastes as Resources for Circular products and economic Transformation’ (RE-DIRECT) Project is an EU co-funded (North West Europe Programme) project to promote the efficient use of natural resources and materials by converting residual biomass into carbon products and activated carbon at smart regional decentralised units.
Details of this role can be found on the Irishjobs.ie website https://www.irishjobs.ie/Jobs/Project-Administrator-RE-Direct-8095950.aspx, and further information on the project itself can be found on the website http://re-direct-nwe.eu/ or download the REDIRECT_Factsheet
The ‘Community based energy solutions for remote areas’ (LECo) Project is an EU co-funded (Northern Periphery & Arctic Programme) project that will support the development of local energy communities. Details of this role can be found on the Irishjobs.ie website https://www.irishjobs.ie/Jobs/Project-Administrator-LECo-Project-8095487.aspx and further information on the project is available on the LECo_Factsheet
Details of both roles can be found on the Western Development Commission website http://www.wdc.ie/about-us/vacancies/
Deadline for receipt of applications is 17.00, Tuesday 5 December 2017.
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Fermanagh and Omagh District Council hosted a meeting of the GREBE project in the week 6th – 10th November 2017. This meeting, the 7th Partner meeting took place on Tuesday and Wednesday and culminated in a networking event for those businesses who engaged with the Entrepreneur Enabler Scheme in Northern Ireland, and brought them together with a number of businesses from the Republic of Ireland.
The following partners were in attendance:
- Western Development Commission – Ireland
- Action Renewables – Northern Ireland
- Fermanagh and Omagh District Council – Northern Ireland
- University of the Highlands and Islands – Scotland
- Natural Research Institute LUKE – Finland
- Karelia University of Applied Science – Finland
- Narvik Science Park – Norway
- Icelandic Centre for Innovation – Iceland
An important aspect of this event was also the involvement of two experts from Finland who were available to the participants for one-to-one meetings, Veikko Mottenen and Saija Rasi. These meetings were positively received and the speed networking event afforded all of those who attended the opportunity to engage with one another, opening up the possibility of joint working opportunities in the future. The high-energy event was facilitated by Ruth Daly of Sort-IT and was enjoyed by all.
After the networking event, the group attended a Chairman’s reception in Enniskillen Townhall, followed by a social event when the networking continued.
Thursday saw the group visit a number of sites to see the range of activities within the area in the Renewable Energy sector. Site visits were facilitated by the CREST centre at South West College in Enniskillen, an associated partner in the GREBE project, Balcas, who are a major supplier of fuel to the Renewable Energy sector and finally to Ecohog, based in Carrickmore, Co Tyrone, whose machinery is built locally and is sold across the globe and has been making significant inroads into the Renewable Energy sector.
SSE and Coillte have started commercial operations at the 169MW Galway wind farm in Connemara, Ireland. The €281m project, which is located in the Cloosh Valley, was built in two phases and consists of 58 Siemens Gamesa 3MW turbines. The 64MW first phase is owned and was fully financed by SSE at an investment cost of around €105m.
The 105MW second phase is a 50/50 joint venture between SSE and Coillte which was funded by project finance totalling €176m. Finance was agreed in 2016 with BBVA, Coöperatieve Rabobank UA, and NORD/LB. Electricity generated by the wind farm will be provided to SSE’s retail arm SSE Airtricity. The project will also soon launch a community fund, which will operate for the lifetime of the wind farm.
More information on this article can be found at: http://renews.biz/108885/galway-giant-spins-in-ireland/
The GREBE Project is launching the Entrepreneur Enabler Scheme in Ireland. GREBE will work with small to medium renewable energy businesses throughout the Western Region to provide support to facilitate their growth through specialised mentoring.
The Entrepreneur Enabler Scheme will commission mentors with the appropriate expertise to be assigned to work with businesses to address identified area(s) where help is needed, in order to deliver a bespoke support package.
Applications are welcomed from all small to medium renewable energy businesses, based in the Western Region (Donegal, Leitrim, Sligo, Mayo, Roscommon, Galway & Clare). Participating businesses will be matched with an appropriate mentor to meet their business needs, based on areas of specialism and scoring.
An Expression of Interest application form may be downloaded from the GREBE website here or requested by email from firstname.lastname@example.org
Completed applications must be returned to GREBE Project, Western Development Commission, Dillon House, Ballaghaderreen, Co. Roscommon, or alternatively via email: email@example.com not later than 12.00 Noon on Friday 17th November 2017.
This project is funded by the Northern Periphery & Arctic Programme. For further information on the GREBE Project, please visit our website www.grebeproject.eu