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2017 Demos

Wind Demo

12.00PM – 1.00PM


Wind Demo Energy in Agriculture 2017

Facilitated by Alan Jackson, Tipperary Energy Agency


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


Participants include:

    • John McCann, SEAI
    • John Flahavan, Flahavans
    • Georgina Armitage, Carrig Wind Farm
    • Clare Lee, Tipperary County Council Planner
    • Mike Pearson, Gurteen College
    • Sean Ganley, C&F Green Energy
Wood Mobilisation / Biomass

1.00PM – 2.00PM


Facilitated by Michael Somers, Teagasc.

Wood mobilisation, the sustainable harvesting and supply of timber from the forest to processors and end users, is recognised as one of most significant challenges which needs addressing. Wood and biomass mobilisation is one of the key topics to be addressed at the Energy in Agriculture event.  Estimates by SEAI show that current policies will not deliver 12% renewable energy in the heat sector by 2020, indicating that additional action is required. The estimated shortfall will be in the region of 2 to 4 percentage points of the 12%, equating to approximately 200 ktoe or 2,300 GWh.
This represents about 1 to 2 percentage points in terms of the overall national target of 16% bmandated to Ireland under the 2009 Renewable Energy Directive.
The growth of a Renewable Heat sector would help the biomass supply chain to mature and stimulate regional demand for forest thinnings, energy crops and other sources of biomass. Many farmers have invested also in energy crops, and in some cases are left with no local market for the harvested crop. It can be expected that the growth of a renewable heat sector would help the biomass energy supply chain to mature and stimulate regional demand for forest thinnings, energy crops and other sources of biomass.

Participants include

  • Barry Caslin (Teagasc Energy Specialist)
  • Dr. John Finnan Teagasc (Senior Research Officer – Bioenergy)
  • Pieter D. Kofman, Wood for Energy
  • Gloria Callaghan, Clare Local Development Company
  • Kenneth Worrell, Worrell Harvesting LTD
  • Michael Ryan, Limerick and Tipperary Woodland Owners
  • Russel Smyth, KPMG
Solar PV (Including Battery Storage)

2.00PM – 3.00PM


Solar Demo Energy in Agriculture 2017Facilitated by Paul Kenny, Tipperary Energy Agency

The PV demonstration will include an overview of the technology and 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 dumps to maximise the use on site will also be discussed as part of the demonstration.


Participants include:

  • Tom Bruton, Technical consultant on PV grid connections.
  • Michael Quirke, Cork Farmer.
  • Clare Lee, Planner, Tipperary County Council
  • Robert Goss from Solar Electric PV installers
  • Colm Byrne from Hybrid Energy and off grid PV company.
Anaerobic Digestion

3.00PM – 4.00PM


Anaerobic Digestion Demo - Energy in AgricultureFacilitated 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

Participants 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)
  • Brendan Hinchion (Dairy Farmer)
  • Paddy Phelan (Carlow Kilkenny Energy Agency)

2016 Demos

We have 5 live energy demos this year including Solar PV, Wood Mobilisation / Biomass,  Wind, Anaerobic Digestion and The Role of Sustainability in Agriculture.