BioPAD to launch!

The Northern Periphery Programme Project BioPAD is to be formally launched by Mr Jim Higgins, MEP in Letterkenny, Co. Donegal, Ireland on Thursday 10th of October.

 The Launch will be followed by a Bioenergy Workshop highlighting the work of BioPAD, the roles and experiences of the associate partners and the case studies which are integral to the project.

 Full details are below along with details of how to register and how to find out more about BioPAD.


BioPAD International Project Launch & Bioenergy Workshop at the Mount Errigal Hotel, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal, Thursday 10th October, 2013, 09.15 – 13.30


BioPAD Launch

09.15     Introduction to BioPAD by Lead Partner, Western Development Commission

09.30     Welcome by Mr. Paddy McGuinness, Chairperson, Western Development Commission

09.40     Launch of BioPAD by Mr. Jim Higgins, M.E.P.


Bioenergy Workshop

 Chair: Dr. Helen McHenry – BioPAD Project Coordinator, Western Development Commission

 10.00     Bioenergy Workshop Welcome and Introduction – Mr. Ian Brannigan, Head of Regional Development, Western Development Commission

 10.10     Policy and Actions for Driving the Development of Bioenergy – Mr. Michael Doran, Director, Action Renewables

 10.25     Understanding Bioenergy Supply Chains: A structured approach – Mr. Robert Prinz, Researcher, The Finnish Forestry Institute, Metla

 10.45     Associate Partner Experiences

  • Bioenergy from Anaerobic Digestion: How can it be developed in Ireland? – Mr. Padraic O’Neill, Chairperson of the Anaerobic Digestion Group, Irish Bioenergy Association
  • Bioenergy and Measurement Technology Development in Kainuu Region – Ms. Merja Rautiainen, Technology Expert, Measurepolis
  • Developing Bioenergy in Donegal: A local government approach – Mr. Micheál Ó hÉanaigh, Director of Services, Donegal County Council

11.30 – 11.50      Tea / Coffee break

 11.50     Case Studies

  • Supplying Heat from Local Wood: The cooperative model – Mr. John Jackson, Chairperson, Donegal Woodland Owners Society
  • ‘District Heating: Learning the hard way’ and ‘Anaerobic Digestion for Waste Management’ –two  bioenergy approaches – Dr. Neil James, Researcher, Environmental Research Institute, Scotland
  • Examples of Finland’s Successful Use of Wood Biomass – Mr. Mikko Nivala, Researcher, The Finnish Forestry Institute, Metla
  • Additional case study to be confirmed

13.00     BioPAD – getting involved! – Dr. Kenneth Boyd, Senior Research Fellow, Environmental Research Institute, Scotland

 13.05     Questions and Discussion

 13.30     Lunch

 Register your interest in attending via email to or by phone to the WDC offices at +353 94 986 1881.  Closing date for registration is Thursday 3rd October 2013.  While this event is free of charge, numbers are limited so registration is required.

For additional information on the BioPAD Project visit


About biopadblog

Developing a local bioenergy market can provide significant opportunities for rural and remote areas, by improving security of energy supply, contributing to a reduction in CO2 emissions and stimulating the local economy by creating jobs and keeping payments for energy within the local community. A new project, BioPAD (Bioenergy Proliferation and Deployment), which targets the Northern Periphery of Europe, aims to ensure that bioenergy becomes more widely used and that awareness of the opportunities it provides are increased. The project will help the development of bioenergy and improve our understanding of the links between supply and demand by looking at supply chains for a variety of bioenergy fuels and different ways of converting these fuels into sustainable energy. Understanding the supply chains and the ways bioenergy moves from fuel source to energy provision will help the establishment of robust and efficient supply services which can match local demand. BioPAD is led by the Western Development Commission (Ireland) and is funded under the ERDF Interreg IVB Northern Periphery Programme (NPP)
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