Agri event set to showcase sustainable technologies


On the 24th and 25th October 2018, the second Energy Now Expo Ireland is returning to Kilkenny and the conference programme has been unveiled. 

Free-to-attend, speakers will be discussing the latest developments in renewable technologies and their thoughts on the forthcoming changes to legislation. Held in association with the Irish Farmers’ Association and Teagasc, the two-day event will be a key expo for farmers and landowners who are interested in the merits of sustainable technologies. 

“Our vision was to create a conference that featured all of the leading lights in renewables that visitors to the show could learn from,” adds David Jacobmeyer, Event Director of Energy Now Expo Ireland.

David continues: “We’ve created that and more with a varied and exciting mix of speakers from Ireland, the UK and Brussels, that will leave our delegates more informed, inspired and most importantly, with the knowledge required to inform decisions regarding renewable technology in the months and years ahead.”

Throughout both days, focused sessions will investigate the key areas for visitors including biomass, wind, hydropower, biogas and solar. Highlights include Michael McEniry, Director of NRGE – the company that’s on the cusp of launching Ireland's first biomethane to grid plant; and visitors will also hear from Nick Finding – the first farmer in the UK to create a biomethane plant that’s been in operation for six years. Farm biomass production, including fuel options, will be the focus of Barry Caslin from Teagasc and Barry will be joined by James Murphy, Kilkenny County Chairman, IFA, and Ger Devlin, Commercial Director at WoodCo.  

Delivering the view from Europe, Dirk Hendricks, a senior policy advisor with the European Renewable Energies Federation (EREF), will feature in the hydropower seminar alongside Thomas Cosby, who will speak on his experiences of living with hydropower.

Other panel discussions include the Energy Efficiency and Storage session, chaired by Paddy Phelan from the 3 Counties Energy Agency and a session from Emer Burton, a programme manager with the SEAI, who will demonstrate how home and landowners can make their property more energy efficient and avail of SEAI grants.

The solar session will feature 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.

The full conference programme is now available to view on