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Energy Open Day in Gurteen College will Highlight Potential for Energy in Agriculture

A major open day, Energy in Agriculture 2017 will take place at Gurteen College, Ballingarry, Roscrea on Tuesday, 22nd August. This FREE event will feature talks on all aspects of energy use and generation on the farm, practical demonstrations and sixty industry exhibitors.

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment, Denis Naughten TD will open the event. He will also take part in a panel discussion on Sustainability in Agriculture facilitated by RTE Countrywide’s Damien O’ Reilly.

The event is being organised by Tipperary County Council in conjunction with Teagasc, Tipperary Energy Agency and the Irish Farmers Association. Paul Kenny, CEO Tipperary Energy Agency said “The full extent of climate change and our obligations are now becoming a reality for policy makers in Ireland. Rural areas will fuel and power the energy transition from imported fossil fuels to sustainable electricity and bio based energy systems. Farmers need to ensure they are up to speed on the potential for growth in this area”. Dr. Phyll Bugler, Cathaoirleach Tipperary County Council added “Tipperary County Council recognises the huge potential for the agricultural community to be part of the energy transition and to generate economic development in rural areas. The Energy in Agriculture Event seeks to highlight opportunities across all renewable energy and efficiency options, to support Ireland’s farming community in becoming leaders in reducing carbon emissions”.

New in 2017 are the FREE 1 to 1 Energy Clinics. Farmers can book an advice clinic to discuss their energy project with an expert. The clinics will be run on the themes of Finance, Legal, Energy Projects, Planning and Tax. You can book your slot in advance on

Case Studies on the day include heating and cooling in Dairy, renewable energy production on pig farms, combined heat and power (CHP) in horticulture and grain drying with straw burning. There will be a total of 18 talks on the day.

The event will also feature numerous practical demonstrations. These include the wind turbine and biomass boiler in use at Gurteen College. Attendees will see an anaerobic digester from Gas Networks Ireland at work on the day. There is also be an opportunity to see a ‘no energy’ water ram pump in action, which offers a cheap alternative to a traditional fuel or electric water pumps.

Energy in Agriculture 2017 will take place at Gurteen College on Tuesday, August 22nd from 10am. This large outdoor and indoor event includes practical demonstrations, classroom talks and demonstrations from exhibitors of energy efficient and renewable technologies for the agri-sector. All are welcome. See for further details.

Energy in Agriculture Officially Launched

The ‘Energy in Agriculture 2017’ event, which will take place on Tuesday, 22 August at Gurteen College, Co. Tipperary, was launched today by Denis Naughten TD, Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment.

‘Energy in Agriculture 2017’ is being organised jointly by Teagasc,Tipperary Co Council, IFA , Tipperary Energy Agency and Gurteen College and aims to provide practical information for farmers and the rural sector about the various renewable energy and energy efficiency options available for farm businesses.

Today’s launch took place on the farm of Michael Coyne, Knockcroghery, Co. Roscommon, where some of the options open to farmers to use energy more efficiently were highlighted.

Speaking at the launch of Energy in Agriculture 2017, Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment, Denis Naughten TD said: “I recognise the efforts being made by industry to reduce emissions. By working in partnership to meet the Greenhouse gas challenge, we can map our own future, increase efficiency and profitability, and decrease our carbon intensity in a sustainable way. Options for renewable heating include biomass and biogas from waste streams and from energy crops, solar thermal and geothermal energy. The planned Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) scheme will provide a key policy support measure for this development.”

Energy specialist with Teagasc, Barry Caslin, said: “We need to improve our energy security by reducing our dependence on imported fossil fuels. In the longer term we need to tackle global warming by reducing the level of greenhouse gas emissions in the earth’s atmosphere. Energy in Agriculture will improve the knowledge base for farmers on how farmers can improve efficiencies and deploy renewables to improve the sustainability of Irish agriculture”.

Energy in Agriculture will feature a series of seminars throughout the day highlighting local case studies of the main renewable energy technologies. Mike Pearson Principal of Gurteen Agricultural College will share his experiences of installing a 50kW wind turbine and 300kW biomass boilers. There are demonstrations about biogas, solar PV, wood mobilisation and wind.

Other seminars will cover biomass production and utilisation, and energy efficiency in various farming enterprises. A second series of seminars will deal with many of the issues facing those considering installing a green energy source. They will cover issues such as the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI), grid connection, planning, legal, financing projects and sustainability of agriculture. Energy production can be compatible with food production, or indeed with other uses of land that are beneficial to society.
One of the new features this year will be the provision of one-to-one clinics where farmers can book a slot to get free advice on their energy project.

In addition, there will be over 50 trade stands in the Trade Exhibition area and the opportunity to tour the biomass boiler installation and wind turbine at Gurteen College.

On 22 August, the event will run from 10.00am until 5:00pm. It will commence with an opening statement from Denis Naughten TD, Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment, followed by a panel discussion including Minister Naughten and moderated by Damien O’Reilly (RTE).

Pictured from L to R are James Murphy, IFA, Catherine Wall, Tipperary Energy Agency, Cllr Phyll Bugler, Cathaoirleach Tipperary County Council, Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment, Denis Naughten TD, Michael Coyne, Barry Caslin, Teagasc and Maura Campbell, Gurteen College.

Live Demonstrations at Energy in Agriculture 2017

DAFM Knowledge Transfer Approval

We’re delighted to announce that Energy in Agriculture 2017 on August 22 is now a Dept of Agriculture Knowledge Transfer approved event. It’s free to attend. Don’t forget to register your attendance which can be done on our home page.

Damien O’Reilly, RTE to Facilitate Panel Discussion

We are delighted to announce that Damien O Reilly, who presents RTE’s Countrywide will facilitate a Panel Discussion on the morning of Energy in Agriculture 2017. The theme of the Panel Discussion will be the ‘Role of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy in Agricultural Production’. The panellists will include Minister Naughten and representatives from Teagasc, Tipperary Energy Agency, Tipperary County Council and IFA. It will take place at 10.30am in the Exhibition in the Horse Arena. Not to be missed!

You can register to attend Energy in Agriculture 2017 here