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Biomass Boilers Workshops

Biomass Boilers Workshops

Using heat from biomass on the farm By Cathal Ellis, Renewable Energy Technologist, Greenmount Campus, CAFRE

A series of workshops on using biomass boilers for heating on farms and horticultural businesses will be held during October and November. The first of these will be held on Frank Donnelly’s mushroom farm outside Moy, Co. Tyrone on Tuesday 9 October at 1.30pm.

Frank runs a 12 house mushroom unit growing chestnut mushrooms for Sainsbury’s. He installed a 150kW woodchip boiler during 2007 in an effort to control his energy costs. The biomass heating system has substantially reduced fuel costs. After funding the boiler, fuel feed system, insulated pipe network and storage facilities, with some grant assistance for capital items he has achieved a payback within three years.

At the workshop there will be an opportunity to see the plant in action and look in detail at the economics of the system. The workshop will also discuss the available boiler types, fuel delivery systems, storage requirements and fuel types along with the benefits of converting to biomass. Funding options will be discussed and Patrick Savage from the Biomass Processing Challenge Fund (BPCF) DARD will be available to answer questions on the scheme, launched on 10 September. The proposed Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) will also be discussed.

Further workshops will be held on:
11 October at 7.45 Greenmount Campus
16 October at 1.30 AFBI, Hillsborough

Those interested in biomass and other renewable energy technologies such as solar heating and photovoltaic power, wind turbines, heat pumps, water turbines and biogas plants, can attend the 3rd Practical  On-Farm Renewable Energy event at Greenmount Campus on Tuesday 30 October.

To book your place at any of the above events, please contact Denise Andrews at or telephone Technology Admin on 028 9442 6770.

For further information on the Heat from Biomass workshops, please contact Cathal Ellis at or by telephone 028 9442 6793