ROKWOOD Biomass Workshop 15th May – Reminder

The Irish ROKWOOD Cluster, comprising the Dublin Institute of Technology (Dublin Energy Lab), the Western Development Commission and Biotricity, is holding a biomass . SRC workshop on renewable heat next Thursday 15th May in the Sheraton Hotel, Athlone.  We would like to invite all stakeholders, agencies, organisations and persons active or interested in the development of Biomass and SRC in particular to attend and participate in a morning seminar and networking event examining issues and challenges of meeting our Renewable Heat targets in Ireland via Biomass heating with Short Rotation Coppice as a key potential resource in facilitating that demand.

The ROKWOOD project (FP7 Regions of Knowledge) will support cooperation between six European researchdriven clusters in order to improve research and technological development (RTD), market uptake and to increase investments in wooden biomass / SRC production and utilisation schemes at regional level.

Key speakers will include…

  • ‘Developing Supply Chains and Trading / Logistic Centres’: Roisin Grimes IrBEA
  • ‘Biomass Case Studies – Innovative Procurement and Contracts’: Paddy Phelan, Carlow Kilkenny Energy
  • ‘Post Harvest Management of Biomass for Bioenergy’ Barry Caslin TEAGASC
  • ‘Short Rotation Coppice in Ireland overview, challenges and issues’: John Keely Consultant
  • ‘Supporting the Biomass Sector and All Island Perspective’: Michael Doran Action Renewables
  • ‘Short Rotation Coppice in European Case Studies’: Patrick Daly DIT / ROKWOOD

An open Forum discussion will be facilitated on the morning and an information network on promotion of SRC is being established at the event.    The Seminar will be held at Sheraton Athlone Hotel, Gleeson Street, Athlone, Co. Westmeath ( on the morning of Thursday 15th May 2014, with registration at 9.00 am and finishing at 2.00pm. Places are limited and Registration is required – to register contact Patrick Daly DIT at or contact Pauline Leonard WDC at

Further information on the ROKWOOD project is availble at


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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 (Ireland) and is funded under the ERDF Interreg IVB Northern Periphery Programme (NPP)
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