Taking place on October 25-26 at the Hub, Cillin Park, Kilkenny, the Energy Now Expo Ireland will feature an exhibition of around 70 suppliers, representing the anaerobic digestion (AD) and biogas, biomass, CHP, energy storage and efficiency, heat pump, hydropower, solar and wind sectors.
“The Energy Now Expo Ireland will provide farmers with a better understanding of the renewable energy generation opportunities available, together with best practices in energy efficiency and ways to maximise the returns from existing schemes. Anyone interested in increasing income, decreasing bills and becoming more energy efficient should take part,” a spokesperson said.
The organisers say technologies will be on show and suppliers on hand to discuss the costs, benefits and challenges associated with each system.
Elsewhere the two-day conference will provide insight into the renewable energy sector within Ireland, with opening sessions being followed by panel debates on each of the renewable energy sectors, plus energy storage. Expert speakers will discuss the opportunities available, examine current policy, including subsidy support, provide practical guidance on the feasibility of owning your own system and discuss areas such as finance, feedstocks, planning, community ownership, legal ramifications and storing the energy being produced. Existing system owners will also share their experiences.
Key speakers include:
James Murphy, renewables chairman, Irish Farmers’ Association;
Kevin Brady, principal officer, heat and transport policy, Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment;
Paddy Phelan, manager, Carlow Kilkenny Energy Agency;
Tommy Cooke, dairy farmer and renewables developer;
Barry Caslin, bioenergy and rural development specialist, Teagasc;
Noel Gavigan, executive, Irish BioEnergy Association;
Robert Goss, MD, Solar Electric;
Ian Kilgallon, innovation and business development manager, Gas Networks Ireland;
Jonathan Sandham, smart networks manager, ESB Networks;
Michael McCarthy, CEO, Irish Solar Energy Association;
Chris Gilliard, MD, Northern Industrial Battery Solutions;
PJ McCarthy, chair, Renewable Gas Forum; and
Raoel Empey, certified energy manager, on behalf of Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland.
Organisers have also announced that, in conjunction with Weltec BioPower and Gilfresh Produce, they will will be hosting a guided tour of one of Ireland’s best performing AD plants on Friday, October 27.
The spokesperson added: “The Gilfresh Energy AD plant near Loughgall, Co Armagh, is widely recognised as state-of-the-art, with output at over 98 per cent for the last calendar year. There are a limited number of places available for this tour, with the bus leaving Kilkenny at 8am on Friday, October 27. Places must be booked in advance, with passes picked up during the show itself.
Opening times are between 10am and 6pm (day 1) and 10am-5pm (day 2). Free tickets are available.
Visit www.energynowexpo-ireland.com or call +44 (0) 1293 854 405 for more information or to register.