On Tuesday, 21st August Gurteen Agricultural College in Co Tipperary will play host to thousands of farmers and industry representatives during Energy in Agriculture 2018 which was launched today by Minister for Communications, Climate Action, and Environment, Denis Naughten TD. Energy in Agriculture 2018 will explore the latest renewable energy opportunities to use clean technology, drive efficiency and manage business costs in Irish agriculture. The event, which is in its third year, is jointly -organised by Teagasc, Tipperary Co Council, IFA, Tipperary Energy Agency, Gurteen College with the Irish Farmers Journal as media partners.
Energy in Agriculture 2018 will feature a comprehensive seminar programme with some of the leading experts in the industry. This, combined with a showcase of technology suppliers, funding providers and advisory bodies, means the event is a one-stop shop for pioneering agri-businesses.
Speaking at the launch on the farm of Gerard Coyle, Athleague, Co. Roscommon, Minister Naughten said: “Renewable energy will have a transformative positive impact in rural areas and will offer new farm diversification opportunities. I will be announcing details shortly of a planned pilot scheme to support micro generation, which will initially target solar PV for self-consumption. This and other new schemes such as the Support Scheme for Renewable Heat (SSRH) and the Renewable Electricity Support Scheme (RESS) will make clear the government’s commitment to long term support of Ireland’s renewable industries. Communities are the very fabric of the new RESS and the scheme will provide pathways and supports for community-led renewable electricity projects. Energy in Agriculture 2018 provides an ideal platform to highlight the role that renewables and the bio-economy can play in overcoming our energy and sustainability challenges.”
Speaking at the launch Barry Caslin from Teagasc said: “Farmers could play a significant role in the decarbonisation of Ireland’s national heat supply, although it would be a huge challenge. With dramatic falls in the cost of solar photovoltaic’s, on-shore and off-shore wind, biogas AD opportunities as well as battery energy storage technology, the prospect of complete decarbonisation of Irelands electricity supply is now in sight. An increased supply of agricultural feedstocks will be needed to fuel such growth in the bio-based economy, including a large fleet of bio-methane plants and new processes such as synthetic gas from biomass.”
IFA Renewables Chair Tom Short said: “Energy in Agriculture 2018 provides a real opportunity for farmers to hear from experts and share their own knowledge and experiences. As the voice of Irish farming, IFA wants to see profitable, sustainable, resilient and diversified farm businesses. The management of energy costs and investment in clean technologies is a key part of this. Farm-scale, micro and community based renewable energy projects must underpin the next phase of Ireland’s response to the energy and climate challenges facing the sector.”
Those attending this free of charge, Department of Agriculture Knowledge Transfer approved Energy in Agriculture event can expect:
Full details of Energy in Agriculture 2018 are available at energyinagriculture.ie
Pictured above (from left): Tipperary County Council Cathaoirleach Mattie Ryan; Mike Pearson, Principal, Gurteen College; Minister for Communications, Climate Action and the Environment Denis Naughten; IFA renewables project chair Tom Short; Thomas Hubert, Irish Farmers Journal; Paul Kenny, Tipperary Energy Agency; Barry Caslin, Teagasc; Gerry and Caoilfhionn Coyle and Thomas Ryan, IFA
Energy in Agriculture has recently launched a call for entries for the Innovation Showcase which will be held in the main EXPO arena on the afternoon of 21st August 2018. This is an exciting new element to the already very popular line up for this key agricultural event.
The Innovation Showcase will be facilitated by Damien O’Reilly from RTE’s CountryWide who is looking forward to seeing some new products/services & technologies that will contribute to increased efficiencies and sustainability on Irish farms.
The Showcase is the brain child of Tipperary Energy Agency CEO, Paul Kenny developed with the Energy in Agriculture partners & committee. It is designed to support bringing innovative products to market and will provide visitors with an excellent opportunity to see a wide variety of practical, innovative new products in a short space of time. “We are all interested in hearing about new products which could assist us by increasing efficiencies and make our working life easier” said Mr Kenny “but it can be difficult to find the time to do the research. This way you get to see lots of different relevant products in one go, plus have the opportunity to meet the innovators that interest you!”
For the successful applicants, the Innovation Showcase presents a unique opportunity to profile new products to a receptive market with the added potential of good media coverage on the day surrounding this new initiative. On hearing about this new element to the Energy in Agriculture event, Enterprise Ireland and the Local Enterprise Office were keen to get involved and row in behind the event with their support.
Rita Guinan, Head of Enterprise with the Local Enterprise Office, Tipperary explained why they were eager to get involved:
“The Local Enterprise Office (LEO) in the South East Region in conjunction with Enterprise Ireland, Teagasc, Department of Agriculture, the Institutes of Technology, the Irish Farmers Journal and industry held a very successful AgTech Symposium in 2017. The symposium aimed to identify and develop the opportunities and strengths of the agricultural technology sector in the region and to create a vision for AgTech that will incorporate both innovation and sustainability. The event explored ways to progress and adopt new and emerging technologies and solutions to increase productivity, profitability and promote new market diversification.
Sponsoring the innovation award at Energy in Agriculture 2018 is a further step by the LEO to promote innovation in the agricultural sector – specifically new and emerging technologies in the energy sphere.”
The sponsors of the 2 categories of prizes are looking forward to attending the event and meeting the innovators in this sector. “The LEO has a suite of supports for new product and new business development which they are anxious to discuss with new and existing business promoters at this event” added Miss Guinan.
The 3 categories of awards are:
Anyone interested in applying to showcase their innovative product at Energy in Agriculture 2018 should click here for full details and online application form.
We are delighted to announce Dept of Agriculture Food and the Marine as Gold Sponsors at Energy in Agriculture 2018. We thank the Department for their continued support and look forward to welcoming them at Ireland’s largest energy event for the farming community on August 21st.
Energy in Agriculture is delighted to announce that The Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) has come on board as Headline Sponsor for Energy in Agriculture 2018.
SEAI is working with all sectors across Ireland to transform how we think about, generate & use energy in this country. SEAI has actively supported and participated in Energy in Agriculture since it’s inception. Commenting on the news, one of the organising committee members – Barry Caslin, Teagasc said “I am delighted to extend our partnership with SEAI, who have been an integral part of Energy in Agriculture over the past 2 years. As Headline Sponsor for Energy in Agriculture 2018, SEAI is demonstrating their commitment and support for Ireland’s largest Energy Event for the Agricultural Community.”
In announcing its support, Majella Kelleher, Head of Business and Public Sector, SEAI said “SEAI provides support and information to farmers to help them use less energy and where possible use clean, renewable energy. This boosts a farm’s competitiveness and reduces harmful greenhouse gas emissions. Energy in Agriculture is a great opportunity for the sector to come together and learn more about best energy practice. SEAI is delighted to be the lead sponsor in helping the agri sector play its part in a clean energy future for everyone.”