WFQA are associate members of Bioenergy Europe is one of Europe largest renewable energy players, they are taking the lead in improving air quality, they support the objective of increasing the share of renewable energy across Europe while reducing air emissions. Buildings are central to air quality and bioheat provides most of the renewable heating to households. Modern woody biomass installations have substantially reduced emissions in comparison with old appliances. By encouraging the switch, we are committed to decarbonise our economy and reduce pollutants whose high concentrations can be harmful for humans (particulate matter, nitrogen oxide, sulphur dioxide, carbon monoxide and benzo(a)pyrene). Bioenergy Europe call for the immediate deployment of political and economic frameworks that favour a swift replacement of traditional fossil heating solutions and open fires with available bioheat modern appliances. View the Switch for Air Campaign here, it includes an European Air Quality Index Map, where you read air quality reading around Europe.
PRESS RELEASE: Bioenergy a driving force to achieve renewable heat, transport and electricity targets - IrBEA
Bioenergy - Inspiring the industry with opportunity and vision is the theme of the Irish Bioenergy Association National Bioenergy conference which is sponsored by Bord an Móna and takes place in Croke Park, Dublin last month. The conference focused on the untapped potential that Bioenergy presents in the form of biomass, biogas, biofuels, energy crops and wood fuels to achieve renewable energy targets in heat, transport and electricity.
Speaking at the conference Seán Finan CEO of IrBEA said “Mobilising Irish indigenous biomass and brash is crucial to achieving our Renewable Energy targets in both the electricity and heating sector. Addressing the challenges of mobilisation of our private forestry estate will need to be overcome. Bord na Móna, our conference premium sponsors is pleased to be helping unlock the biomass opportunity in Ireland as an outlet for material while helping to decarbonise Ireland's electricity grid.
The Renewable Heat agenda will be served by improving access to Irish biomass supplies, enabled by improvements to the biomass supply chain infrastructure from mobilisation of the Private Forestry supply and also the promotion of Energy Crops.
Tom Egan Head of Bioenergy Operations and Power Generation at Bord na Móna said “ Bord na Móna are leaders in the Irish biomass industry, and on an exciting transition from fossil fuel to renewable energy at its Edenderry Power Station in Co, Offaly. Edenderry Power is on a course towards 100% renewable electricity generation by as soon as 2024. The biomass contribution at Edenderry makes it the biggest supplier of ‘on-demand’ renewable energy on the island of Ireland. This means that when the wind doesn’t blow or the sun doesn’t shine Edenderry can guarantee a supply of renewable energy to the grid; this adds flexibility to the grid to install more wind and solar generation.
Tom Egan concluded “Edenderry Power continues to transition towards ever increasing levels of biomass, which is sustainable, and 80% of which is indigenous from local Irish suppliers. This helps Bord na Móna continue to drive the economic and growth agenda in rural Ireland, the midlands and beyond -supporting what are sustainable jobs, sourcing sustainable Irish biomass feedstocks over the ‘Just Transition’ period and beyond. Bord na Móna uses mainly residual forest material (brash). Bord na Móna wants to secure increasing indigenous biomass from the well documented availability from private forestry and also want to help realise the energy crop opportunity that exists for farmers.
HOFOR, Greater Copenhagen Utility, is the metropolitan area’s utility company. HOFOR is municipally owned, where the ownership of the water and wastewater services are shared between 8 municipalities.
Already in the 1980s Copenhagen community realized that something should be done about the air quality in the town and the avoidance of waste heat. The whole town was ploughed up to install district heating piping, that was getting its energy from a waste incinerating plant and the production of electricity at other plants just outside town.
At first the electricity was produced from natural gas and coal in different plants. First the natural gas plant was redesigned to burn wood pellets and finally a few years ago the big decision was taken to replace the coal fired station with a top of the line wet wood chips burning combined heat and power plant.
In 2019 the plant started production, annually using up to 1.2 million tonnes of wet wood chip (at least 45% moisture content). At the end of the commissioning period, finally this year January the plant reached 100% utilization, meaning that it produced 150 MW electricity and 370 MW of heat simultaneously.
The efficiency of the plant as expressed on the lower heating value of the fuel is well above 100%. This very high number can be achieved due to the fact that the plant uses the low temperature returning district heating water to cool the flue gasses. Once the flue gasses come below 65 degrees C, the evaporated water from the fuel condenses and releases the energy that was used to evaporate it. Not only the water that was evaporated will condense, but also the water that was generated by burning the wood. Wood is a carbohydrate and will form CO2 and water as the main constituents of the fuel gasses. The energy is transferred to the district heating water prior to be run through the boiler to be brought up to the normal running temperature.
Fortunately, the CHP plant is situated at a deep-water port, which makes it possible for even large ships to dock at the plant and transfer their chips directly into production. At the present rate of consumption a ship with between 4000 and 5000 tonnes of fuel is needed every day to keep the plant running. The storage capacity on site is limited to a few days of operation. A little bit of leeway can be obtained by receiving some roundwood (as deck cargo) which can be chipped on site in times of need.
Announcement on Phasing out Wet Wood in England - Coal and wet wood burning: how will restrictions work?
(The notes below are taken from the Guardian Paper 21 February 2020)
Everything you need to know about the phasing out of the polluting domestic fuels in England.
From next year, sales of the most polluting domestic fuels, coal and wet wood, will be phased out in England. What will this mean for households, the environment and the traditional roaring open fire?
Everyone knows coal, but what is wet wood?As the name suggests, this is a type of fuel – usually in the form of undried fuel logs – with a moisture content of at least 20% that is burned in stoves and fireplaces. Also known as green or unseasoned wood, it is cheap and widely available in DIY or garden centres, where it is usually sold in sacks or nets. An estimated 2.5m homes in the UK rely on this or coal for heating.
Why is the government stopping sales of it?The moisture in the wood is a vector for pollutants that can cause breathing problems, heart ailments and lung cancer. When burned, damp wood produces more smoke than dry logs. This includes tiny particulates known as PM2.5 that are more harmful than bigger flakes of soot because they can penetrate deep into the respiratory system and bloodstream. Government figures show coal and wet wood is responsible for 38% of PM2.5 pollution in the UK, three times as much as road transport.
Why now?Action is long overdue. Even in London, which has had smoke control areas for more than 60 years, wood burning accounts for up to 31% of PM2.5, according to a study by King’s College. The mayor’s office says almost 8 million residents of the city live in places where this form of air pollution exceeds World Health Organization guidelines by at least 50%. At least a dozen other towns and cities, including Scunthorpe, Manchester, Swansea and Gillingham, have even higher levels of pollution.
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Bioenergy Future Ireland 2020 is fast approaching you can Register here We are proud to bring together industry leaders and like-minded individuals to openly discuss the importance of bioenergy in the future of Ireland energy supply. We will be looking at the issues and opportunities around Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI), RES (E), National Energy & Climate Plan, Biomass, CHP, Biogas, Biofuels, Anaerobic Digestion and much more. Discussions will take place on the latest developments, trends, strategies and policies relating to one of Ireland’s most important energy sectors.
This plans to be a great event for the industry in Ireland with an impressive speaker line up in place, see below. Delegates will hear engaging presentations from some of the most influential people in the Irish & International bioenergy sectors and there will be multiple engagement opportunities with speakers, IrBEA CEO Sean Finan and President Des O’Toole, along with Government, Industry and Solution Supplier representatives.
CONFIRMED SPEAKERS FOR IRBEA CONFERENCE:
Ray Langton – Sustainable Energy Association Ireland
Donna Gartland – District Heating Association
Billy Costello – Green Generation
Prof. Brian Ó Gallachóir UCC & SEAI Energy Report
James Cogan – Ethanol Europe
Laura Burke – Enviromental Protection Agency
Donal Hayes – Tipperary Cheese
Eugene Hendrick – Wood Fuel Quality Assurance Scheme Chairman
Jack Cotter – Cotter Bros Wood Fuel
More speaker updates to follow….
FOR INFORMATION ON EXHIBITING & BOOKINGS GO TO www.bioenergyfutureireland.com
Follow the video below of Cotter Bros Firewood operations, it’s a film they made some time ago of the firewood processing routine each year. Logs that have been cut last fall are air dried to under 30% first and then setup for processing and further drying to under 25% moisture to make WFQA certified wood. The Sawdust is extracted and bagged and sold as animal bedding - nothing is wasted. Cotter Bros Firewood source all their wood locally from local forest owners and also use local people to work all the plant machinery and timber handling. When you are choosing your home heating, by choosing wood you can make savings of up to 50% on oil, to really make a difference pick a WFQA certified firewood producer. Hope you enjoy the film