BioPAD E-Zine launched

BioPAD has launched an E-Zine to showcase the activities and ongoing goals of the project. The electronic magazine issue provides a summary of the collective work undertaken by the project partners Western Development Commission (WDC), Action Renewables, Finnish Forest Research Institute (Metla), and the Environmental Research Institute (ERI).

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The first issue provides an overview of the project and includes features on the official BioPAD launch in Letterkenny, and three bioenergy case studies:

1. Donegal Woodland Owners Society Ltd (DWOSL) (Rep. of Ireland); a cooperative model for supplying heat from local woods. This case study illustrates how energy can be sourced at local level and in turn used at local level, providing jobs and keeping money in the local economy.

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 2. Wick District Heating Scheme (Scotland); providing cost-effective heat from locally sourced woodchips. This scheme has contributed in alleviating fuel poverty by offering residents a low cost and sustainable way to obtain their energy supply.

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3. Creed Waste Management Facility (Scotland); converting organic waste into renewable energy in a remote location. This plant was the first in the UK to incorporate anaerobic digestion of source-separated biowaste on a commercial scale.

To read the BioPAD E-Zine issue 1, click here.

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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 www.wdc.ie (Ireland) and is funded under the ERDF Interreg IVB Northern Periphery Programme (NPP) http://www.northernperiphery.eu
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