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2017 Demos


12.00PM – 1.00PM


The Wind demonstration will take place at the Gurteen Agricultural college wind turbine. A number of speakers present will discuss the installation of micro and large scale wind turbines. Planning, Grid, The forthcoming renewable electricity support scheme, legal and financial discussions will take place with industry experts to inform the attendees how best to proceed with their project. The experience of the Gurteen agricultural college wind turbine will also be a topic of discussion and how to maximise use of your wind energy.

Wood Mobilisation / Biomass

1.00PM – 2.00PM

Solar PV (Including Battery Storage)

2.00PM – 3.00PM


The PV demonstration will include an overview of the technology, an overview of the main elements of the technology, a discussion about quality standards of equipment and the costs and returns of installation of the equipment. Attendees will hear from a range of speakers including a representative of the planning authority, someone to discuss the installation and maintenance of the equipment and how best to use the electricity. The design attributes to maximise yield and performance in addition to the installation of battery storage and residual heat dups to maximise the use on site will also be discussed as part of the demonstration.

Anaerobic Digestion

3.00PM – 4.00PM


Facilitated by Barry Caslin (Teagasc)

The need to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions from Irish agriculture is driving interest in on-farm biogas plants.  Experts, from the Irish farming, energy, biomass and waste industry and Irish research institutes will join an outdoor panel discussion to speak about the potential for and the challenges facing the development of on-farm biogas plants in Ireland.  This demo will focus on different options which could be available to make the digestion of livestock slurry more attractive for the farmer than the present systems or status quo of slurry/manure management. It will also highlight other advantages which digestion can offer, such as reduced GHG emissions, farm energy substitution, efficient nutrient recycling, and other environmental benefits, all of which could be the source of additional financial benefits.Topics to be discussed include –

  • The economic potential for on- farm / food waste biogas plants
  • The barriers and incentives for the establishment of on-farm biogas plants in Ireland.
  • On-farm biogas plants in Europe- a continental perspective.
  • Utilisation of digestate on agricultural land
  • Policies promoting the production and use of biogas
  • Planning issues with Anaerobic Digestion facilities
  • Issues with connecting to the national electricity grid
  • Use of biomethane from AD in the Irish gas grid
  • Sustainability criteria for biogas
  • GHG emission savings with biogas

Panel members include:
Ian Kilgallon (Gas Networks Ireland)
Bryan Lewens (AD plant operator England)
JJ Lenehan (Teagasc)
Damien Collins (ORS)
Nuala O’Connell (Tipperary Co. Co – Planning section)

The Role of Sustainability in Agriculture

4.00PM – 5.00PM


2016 Demos

We had 6 hugely popular practical demos at the 2016 event on Wind, Solar PV, Biomass, Biogas, Hydro and No Energy Water Ram Pump.