Dear IrBEA Members,

IrBEA Financing Bioenergy Projects and ProAM Golf Tournament - Wednesday 14 September
IrBEA is organising a half day finance workshop in Dublin at the Luttrellstown Castle hotel followed by lunch and golf in the afternoon. Whether you are a startup bioenergy energy business looking to launch a pilot project, or a company with proven technology that needs help reaching commercial scale this workshop will be helpful to you More details 
Confirmed Speakers:
Donal Murphy - Ireland Strategic Investment Fund
Matthew Clancy - SEAI
George Delaney - Bridge and York Capital Partners
Garrett Monaghan - Arthur Cox Solicitors
Deirdre Terrins - Crescent Capital Partners
The ProAM Golf Competition starts 2pm this is an open competition so booking early is advisable. If you would like to book a team for the golf contact, if you want to enter as an individual we will put you into a team. Register here 

IrBEA Bioenergy Tour to Denmark - 31 August - 3 September

IrBEA is now sending out more information to our members regarding the IRBEA Bioenergy Tour to Denmark, revised dates will allows us to have 2 full days for visiting sites. State of Green is a public-private partnership who will be helping to host this event. They have offered a tailor made bioenergy tour which offer an opportunity to see Danish technology and solutions in the field, view the itinerary here
Travel Details
  • Cost of the tour is €550 per participant. (Payment to be made to IrBEA by 1 July), this will cover the tour and accommodation.
  • Each participant needs to book their own flights for this trip. Currently the flights are being offered at Dublin/Copenhagen €22.99 and for Aarhus/Dublin €70.38  (Outward flights can be at your own discretion)
  • We are in process of reserving rooms in the 2 hotels (Copenhagen & Aarhus) WakeUp in Copenhagen and Cabinn in Aarhus.
  • Participants will have to pay for food throughout the 3 days, Teresa will be on hand to organise restaurants nearby to eat and drink
If you wish to take part send an email to and IrBEA will confirm your place and organise an invoice for the cost of the trip, only then should you book your flights.

IrBEA application to SEAI RD&D programme has been successful
IrBEA is looking forward to working on this project, it's aims is to highlight the positive impact of current district heating systems in Ireland, showing 3 case studies which will review the economic and technical aspects of each site. The project will develop guidance for public bodies and local authorities to inform the establishment of district heating systems using sustainable energy. 

New IrBEA members
We would like to welcome several new IrBEA members this month they include Biolectric Ireland in Dublin, CHP Mechanical in Co Down, both companies have taken up medium corporate membership. We would also like to welcome Derry Cronin from Fergus, Cork and Dragon Heat Ltd from Castledermot, Kildare who have joined as indivdual members. We look forward to their involvement and meeting up soon at forthcoming IrBEA events.

'Members Forum' on the new website
Fuelled by interest from members we have included new functionality to our website called 'Members Forum', this gives one members the opportunity to upload information about their company and share recent business news and developments. We will offer a page of our website each month to any members who thinks this could be beneficial to their business. It may be a detailed report or case study relating to their business or it may be used to simply let other members know that they are a new member of IrBEA, the format it takes is very much under their control. We will charge a nominal fee of €250 for a 3 month slot, our staff will be on hand to help with any content technicalities. For more information ring Teresa at 086 1256709 or email

Open Public Consultation on Horizon 2020 Societal Challenge 2 Work Programme 2018-2020
Horizon 2020 reflects the policy priorities of the Europe 2020 strategy and addresses major concerns shared by citizens in Europe and elsewhere.The public consultation on Horizon 2020 - Food Security, Sustainable Agriculture and Forestry, Marine and Maritime and Inland Water Research and the Bioeconomy- Work Programme 2018-2020 is open from 06 June until 28 August. Details are found here 
The objective of Horizon 2020 Societal Challenge 2 is "to secure sufficient supplies of safe, healthy and high quality food and other bio-based products, by developing productive, sustainable and resource-efficient primary production systems, fostering related ecosystem services and the recovery of biological diversity, alongside competitive and low-carbon supply, processing and marketing chains. This will accelerate the transition to a sustainable European bioeconomy, bridging the gap between new technologies and their implementation".
All citizens and organisations are welcome to contribute to this consultation. Contributions are particularly sought from civil society organisations, businesses, research institutions, policy makers, higher education institutions,science museums, science shops, scientific centres of excellence, local public authorities, cities of scientific culture, innovators and entrepreneurs.


Thermal Treatment of Municipal Waste - Monday 10th - 20th September
This course is specifically designed to provide an introduction for all those considering the thermal treatment option for the disposal of municipal solid waste and give a detailed coverage of the various thermal treatment processes and associated issues. The Thermal Treatment of Municipal Waste CPD short course takes place in Leeds. You can now book your place at the course website. The programme has now been finalised and the course leaflet and programme are available for download.

Places still available on Biogas Operators & Planners in Northern Ireland 22nd - 24th June
For the first time the Centre for Renewable Energy & Sustainable Technology (CREST) and the International Biogas and Bioenergy Center of Competence (IBBK Fachgruppe Biogas) are having a 3-day long in-depth Biogas Operators & Planners Course at the South West College in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland. The course will be delivered by biogas experts from Germany and UK with many years of practical experience in the biogas sector. Course details 

Invitation to Tender for Dublin District Heating System- Phase 2- Engineering, Business and Implementation Strategy
The request for tender requires the services of a suitably qualified and multi- disciplinary Economic Operator to examine the engineering, business and implementation strategies for managing, administrating, developing and financing the District Heating System for a specified area in Dublin’s Docklands which will recover waste heat and distribute it from plants in the Poolbeg peninsula. Response deadline 13-07-2016 View

ESB planned transition at two plants from peat to biomass energy in the future 
An interesting article here from Bioenergy Insight which reviews ESB plans to move from burning peat to biomass. They have applied for support under Ireland's Refit3 renewable energy subsidy scheme, which will enable its 100MW Lough Ree and 135MW West Offaly peat plants to co-fire up to 30% biomass. The Department of Communications, Energy, and Natural Resources (DCENR) is reviewing the application, but has not yet given a scheduled date for making the decision. ESB is by law required to fire peat at its plants, but this obligation ends in 2019 and the utility is now working in partnership with Bord na Mona to explore options for commercial plant operation after 2019 which includes a staged increase in the 30% limit to enable the planned transition from peat to fully renewable generation. Full article

Forest And Timberland Markets Ripe For Investment
An interesting article reporting on the growth in investors apetite for forestry and wood products around the globe View


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