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23-24 October 2019 The Hub at Cillin Hill, Kilkenny

Kilkenny Event Set to Deliver ‘Sustainable’ Insight to Farmers and Landowners

Posted
10 October 2018

RETURNING for a second year to The Hub, Cillin Hill, Kilkenny, Energy Now Expo Ireland is taking place next week on the 24th and 25th October 2018. Set to attract farmers and landowners from across Ireland, the two-day event is a ‘must-attend’ for visitors who want to learn more about sustainable technologies and how they can maximise natural resources by introducing new and progressive renewable technologies.

Held in association with the Irish Farmers’ Association and Teagasc, Energy Expo Now Ireland boast a solid speaker line-up where visitors can hear from the most influential figures in renewable technologies, learn from panel discussions on specific technologies and hear first-hand from other farmers how they have incorporated green technology into their business.

Free-to-attend, there’s also 50 exhibitors who will be on hand to showcase the latest products and services to visitors, including CHP Mechanical, Inergys, GUGLER water turbines and Woodco Renewable Energy.

During the two days, many exhibitors will be offering complimentary product consultations, show-only discounts, and there’ll be several competitions on exhibitors’ stands.

David Jacobmeyer, Event Director of Energy Now Expo Ireland, explains: “Our seminar line-up for Energy Now Expo Ireland is stronger than ever before, and we’re extremely encouraged by the support of so many leading experts within the industry who are taking to the stage over the two days.

“Our goal was to create an event that delivers real and tangible examples and learnings for visitors, and I’m confident that our mix of speakers and exhibitors will ensure visitors leave the event with an understanding of renewables technology, how it could work for their land, which types of renewable technology could work best for them, and what support is available.”

From Solar to Heat Pump technology, biomass and hydropower, all of the main sectors of renewable technology will be featured at the two-day event. The seminar programme will also address each of these sectors, and visitors are encouraged to plan their visit by viewing the conference schedule before they visit the show.

 

Conference | Day One

Over 50 expert speakers are taking to the stage and highlights include an Opening Session on Day One chaired by Tom Short, Renewables Chairman, IFA on ‘An overview of the new support scheme for renewable heat’, featuring Ray Langton, SSRH Programme Manager from SEAI and Des O’Toole, President, Irbea. 

Chairing the lunchtime session on Wind energy, Dr David Connolly, CEO of the Irish Wind Energy Association, comments: “The Energy Now Expo is where farmers and landowners can hear about exciting new opportunities in renewable energy.

 

“Ireland must move towards a low carbon energy system and wind energy is making that possible. Our target to deliver 40 per cent of electricity through renewables by 2020 is achievable and there is enormous potential for future growth as more ambitious targets are set.

  

“Farmers and landowners must be at the heart of the country’s energy transition, using renewable energy to cut their costs, to identify new sources of income and to support rural communities.  The seminar session at Energy Now Expo Ireland will give visitors the information they need to move forward with solutions.”

 

Day One will also host panel discussions on Biomass, Hydropower, Anaerobic Digestion and Biogas, and there will be a live project update from Michael McEniry, Director of NRGE – the company that’s on the cusp of launching Ireland's first biomethane to grid plant. Visitors to the show can also hear first-hand from Nick Finding – the first farmer in the UK to create a biomethane plant that’s been in operation for six years.

 

Conference | Day Two

 

To find out ‘Why should you consider renewables?’, the Opening Session on Day Two, chaired by Thomas Hubert, will answer this and also cover ‘An overview of Ireland’s forestry resources and funding’. Thomas will be joined by Fergus Moore, Head of Forestry Sector Development Division at the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, and Barry Caslin from Teagasc.

 

Ahead of the discussion, Fergus Moore from the Forestry Sector Development Division adds: “The Department of Agriculture, Food and Marine (DAFM) look forward to participating in this year’s Energy Now Expo Ireland 2018. I will be focusing on outlining the extent of the national forest resource and will provide details of the potential forecasted timber supply from an estimated 4 to 8 million m3 by 2035.

 

“Processors and users of wood biomass need to be aware of the forecasted timber supply, constraints along with the challenges on timber mobilisation and solutions. I will also outline forecast tools available from DAFM which will assist local suppliers in determining the forest resource in their local area.”   

 

 

 

Day Two will also see a lunchtime session, chaired by Paddy Phelan from the 3 Counties Energy Agency on ‘Better Energy Efficiency’, ‘Energy Storage Systems for Farms’ and ‘Availing of SEAI grants’.

Closing the two-day conference is the Solar session featuring Patrick Kent, President of the Irish Cattle and Sheep farmers Association. Patrick will be joined on stage by speakers who will discuss the ‘applications and benefits for Solar PV in an agricultural environment’ and there will also be an update from SEAI on the domestic solar PV grant.

Concluding Day 2’s conference programme, Energy Now Expo Ireland is thrilled to have Dirk Hendricks, a Senior Policy Advisor from the European Renewable Energies Federation participating in a 2.50pm discussion on European Policy & Funding, which includes examples of successful project funding in Ireland.

The full conference programme can be viewed at www.energynowexpo-ireland.com

Held in association with the Irish Farmers’ Association and Teagasc, Energy Now Expo Ireland is this year’s foremost expo for farmers and landowners who are interested in the merits of sustainable technologies. 

The event is supported by ICSA (Irish Cattle & Sheep Farmers’ Association), ITGA (Irish Timber Growers’ Association), Irish Wind Energy Association (IWEA), RGFI (Renewable Gas Forum of Ireland) and 3CEA – the independent energy agency working primarily in Carlow, Kilkenny and Wexford.

To register, please visit www.energynowexpo-ireland.com or call +44 (0) 1293 854 405 for more information.

In association with

Irish Farmers Association

Teagasc

 

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