The IrBEA Bioenergy Webinar Series 2020 kicked off today, it was promising to see 65 participants registered for this event. Noel Gavigan and Eugene Hendrick had an information packed one hour talk on domestic and commercial renewable heating. They discussed the differences between wood pellet and woodchip boilers and stoves. This was followed by discussing the choice of appliances and the need to move toward efficient low carbon options such as eco-design stoves. Wood fuel was discussed in detail and the need for the fuel to be certified through the WFQA Scheme which insures below 20% moisture content which both increases efficiency of heating but also minimises emissions to air for the consumer. Finally there was a discussion on industrial use for wood fuel. It was emphasised that wood chip and wood pellets offer the only viable solution for renewable supply of heat or steam. It is has in fact got the lowest carbon footprint for heat of all the fuel options and we now have the Support Scheme for Renewable Heat available for commercial projects which gives grants for a 15 year period.
If you would like to see the webinar please view here
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RTE Show 'Ear to the Ground' showcases IrBEA Member and Wood Fuel Quality Assurance certified John Sherlock, a Co. Meath farmer and chair of the North East Forestry Group has planted his land and runs a thriving firewood business. Darragh McCullough visits Sherlock’s woodland and finds out some of the challenges and opportunities that forestry presents for farmers.
View show here (You will need RTE Player downloaded onto your device)
The members of the WFQA are very committed to promoting quality fuels, and striving to lift the standards of the entire industry. This document reports on the activities of the organisation over the last 12 months with updates on the committee and details on aims and ambitions of the members going forward. Read report here
Proposal from the Irish Bioenergy Association to regulate moisture content of firewood for sale in Ireland
In 2019 IrBEA submitted a detailed, evidence-based proposal to the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment on the issue of totally unsuitable wet firewood being placed on the market and the implications this has for air pollution, and the heating value of wood fuel. The submission was followed up in a further communications both the with department and the Environmental Protection Agency.