Action Renewables has been involved in two Renewable Energy events recently, both events were linked to BioPAD. On the 29th of October we attended the Practical on-farm Renewable Energy event held at the Greenmount Campus in Antrim. This was an information event in order to find out more about Renewable Energy opportunities on the farm or in the rural community. There was an exhibition of renewable energy technologies hosted by local equipment and renewable energy services suppliers. There were many seminars on going throughout the day, covering both the technologies and the associated challenges and issues with installing these technologies on the farm or rural businesses.
In terms of the input by Action Renewables, we had a stand displayed and gave a presentation at the event. At the stand we gave out information on the services which we provide and helped with any queries in terms of renewable energies. The presentation was given by Jonathan Buick and it was on Ofgem and the Marketing of ROCs. In this presentation the role of Ofgem, what ROCs are and how Action Renewables are the only independent company in Northern Ireland which trades ROCs was explained. In terms of BioPAD, we had one member present at the event. Gearard McGovern helped out with distributing information at the stand and also attended a seminar on Heat from Biomass, presented by Cathal Ellis, a Renewable Energy Technologist from CAFRE (College of Agriculture, Farming and Rural Enterprise). This was a case study presentation which went through all of the different types and sizes of Biomass boilers which were used on site at the Greenmount Campus. There were a mixture of Pellet and Woodchip Biomass Boilers being used here, with up to £23,000 being generated from a single biomass boiler through the Renewable heat Incentive.
On Tuesday the 22nd of October Action Renewables held a Biomass Seminar at CastlewellenCastle. Michael Doran from Action Renewables headed the event by explaining what Biomass was, how it worked and gave an overview of the Renewable Heat Incentive scheme. Throughout the remainder of the day there were tours of the different forms of biomass which were used at Castlewellen Castle, and presentations on the installation and how these biomass systems are used. Castlewellen was selected to host the event because its ideas mirror that of BioPAD. There is a local forest park where the wood can be sourced for the Biomass Boilers. Because it is local there is a very small supply chain, meaning that the impact to the environment which is caused by the delivery is minimal.