Some key points:
- Philip Cheasty covered in detail the parametres and opportunities offered under Horizon 2020 in respect of Energy projects. The new programme offers much greater engagement by SMEs and has a more accessible and streamlined process.
- Energy Cork provides a network of all the energy players in Cork, the presentation by Kieran Lettice illustrated how Cork punches above its weight in terms of energy produced and the opportunities that such a network offers to the region.
- Jose Ospina’s presentation based on the work of NEES highlighted not just the importance of measuring energy in use but also the embedded energy in buildings constructed from non-renewable materials, the energy in such a house would provide its energy for 25years. There needs to be more support to develop better products in the non-renewable materials area.
- Xavier Dubuisson has completed a renewable road map for Kerry which makes the most of using all energy produced locally to be used locally e.g. converting excess wind energy to hydrogen for other uses. Slide 15 on Xavier’s presentation give a good overview and is probably what we require nationally a diversity of means of producing renewable energy.
The round table discussion focusing on specific projects were very interactive with attendees really engaging in the discussions. Alan Clayton from Transition Town Kinsale discussed the feasibility they have carried out on anaerobic digestion, this is a very feasible project but requires waste from approx. 2500 cattle and the obstacle in bringing the project to fruition has partially been getting farmers on board. The Templedery Community Wind project provides a real model for community energy from wind and given the current controversy is an example of how to involve community in such projects, payback on the project looks like being in the region of 5 -6years. John Fogarty gave a very insightful overview of the process of getting to where they are now and the benefits of having the community involved from the outset. Kate Ruddock from Friends of the Earth provided a useful case study of a community energy project from the Isle of Eigg in Scotland. Eigg Electric is wholly community owed and provides electricity to the 100 islanders using wind, water and solar power. The system consists of three hydroelectric generators a group of four small wind generators and an array of solar electric panels sited at different locations around the island. Kate also touched more broadly on Community Power which is a European Community energy project coalition. Brian Cahill from the Mallow System Innovation Centre/ NIMBUS a nucleus for pilot/demonstration coordination which covers the broader Blackwater area provided information on their aims and the work to date. They have already assisted over 150 projects/ businesses in the region. Key energy interests in the North Cork Region include:
- Biomass Energy Solutions and Anaerobic Digestion Solutions.
- LED Street Lighting
- Baile Glas Housing Estate Mallow.
- Harnessing energy from the river Blackwater.
- Retrofitting Building Stock in the Mallow region.
- Applications on Smart City technologies to support Building Performance monitoring.
Also discussed was Energy Efficiency in the tourism sector with Stephen Belton from the Garryvoe Hotel explaining the benefit of installing a Combined Heat and Power Plant to the hotel and Mick Hanly, Glendine Home B&B, Clonakilty who has installed solar panels that successfully heat water and is a benefit to the business with a relatively short payback, however, the system requires a certain degree of management.
Your Energy, Your Options
Do you want to know more about the future of energy? What is happening in Cork and nationally? What is being done in a practical way to address our future energy needs, what works and what are the challenges and opportunities for individuals, businesses and communities.
Friday 28th February 2014
Oriel House Hotel, Ballincollig
Introduction: Helen Barrett, Chairperson, CEF
Horizon 2020: Energy Innovation Opportunities, Philip Cheasty, National Contact Point for Energy Horizon 2020, Enterprise Ireland
Energy Cork – Growing Cork’s Energy Cluster, Kieran Lettice, Energy Cork
Tackling Climate Change – Embedded Carbon and Energy, José Ospina, NEES – Natural Energy Efficiency and Sustainability Project, Cork Centre for Architectural Education, UCC & CIT
County Kerry’s 100% Renewable Energy Roadmap – planning your community’s energy future, Xavier Dubuisson, Energy Consultant
Round table discussions to examine practical application and projects:
- Anaerobic Digestion: Alan Clayton, Transition Town Kinsale
- Templederry Community Wind Energy Project: John Fogarty
- Community Power: Kate Ruddock, Friends of the Earth
- Mallow a Test Bed Town for Research and Technology: Brian Cahill, the Mallow Systems Innovation Centre Manager, Nimbus Centre
- Energy Efficiency in Tourism: Garryvoe Hotel, CHP – Stephen Belton
There is no charge for attending, however, it is necessary to register by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or contacting Bernie Connolly at 083 1468064