Coillte Biomass Information and Demonstration Day

On Thursday 8th May, Irelands’ leading natural resources company, Coillte, held a Biomass Information and Demonstration day at the Radisson Blu Hotel, Letterkenny.  The event was attended by members of the BioPAD team as well as over 70 business and industry executives from across the Northwest region who heard how;

Biomass boilers can reduce heating costs for businesses by up to 50%.

  • Combined Heat and Power technologies can generate electricity for industry.
  • Biomass industry stimulates Northwest job creation – Biomass fuel is sourced from private and Coillte owned forests in the Northwest, where it is then processed locally for supply to business in the North West region.
  • In 2013 Coillte established a large biomass supply depot at Drumkeen Quarry, near Letterkenny, to support a growing customer base in the North West.

Opening the event Michael Tunney, CEO at Donegal County Enterprise Board, welcomed the enormous potential of Biomass to stimulate employment in the Northwest.

This was followed by Steven Meyen, Teagasc Forestry Officer in Ballybofey, who spoke about the security of supply in the North West Region.

Also speaking at the event was Des O’Toole, Biomass Business Development Manager for Coillte. He explained that in today’s economic climate, Irish businesses cannot afford to ignore the high cost of energy. Biomass can offer substantial annual energy savings and provides a local economic stimulus through employment and the ancillary logistics services required.

Attendees at the event were also given a tour of the Radisson Blu hotel’s operational Biomass boiler. Paul Byrne, Director of the Radisson Blu hotel, said that the hotel’s energy costs had been dramatically reduced since they switched to biomass renewable energy, which is 50% cheaper than oil.

The Biomass information and demonstration day ended with a tour of Coillte’s nearby Biomass fuel supply depot in Drumkeen Quarry.


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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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