Resource Assessments of the Western Region
The renewable heat market has the potential to create considerable levels of employment across the Western Region and to provide long-term stable markets for low value wood fuels which can compete with fossil fuels and so reduce and fix energy prices for end users. Local wood biomass resources are finite, however, and as demand for biomass increases in a variety of markets, a greater understanding of the available resources at both a county and regional level is required.
The resource assessments provide interested parties with an overview of the potential supply of wood based biomass and estimated demand for renewable heat market within each county. They also highlight the issues regarding the potential impacts of large scale projects such as Bio-Refineries and/or Combined Heat and Power (CHP) plants on county and regional supply chains.
District Heating as an Enabling Technology for Biomass in the Western Region
This report prepared for RASLRES examines issues for District Heating as an Enabling Technology for Biomass in public sector buildings and the wider community in the Western Region. It outlines the issues for the development of District Heating in Ireland and uses three case studies of existing District Heating schemes to highlight the benefits and learnings. It also provides case studies of two potential schemes in the Western Region.
RASLRES ESCO Model Contracts and Guidance Notes
The renewable heat market has the potential to create considerable employment and to provide long-term stable markets for low value wood fuels which can compete with fossil fuels and so reduce or fix energy prices for end users. In the course of the RASLRES project it was found that there was considerable uncertainty in relation to the procurement of heat (rather than fuel) in Ireland through Energy Supply contracts (ESCO) and project partners felt this was a barrier to the development of the heat market as public bodies are in an excellent position to provide an example and stimulate the development of their local markets.
The ESCO model contracts and guidance notes were developed to provide a template for public ESCO model contracts which would be available to business or public sector users seeking to use a heat purchase contract. These are downloadable by clicking on the images below:
Bioenergy and the Western Region
RASLRES produced this report as part of the action plan with the Local Authorities in the Western Region of Ireland. The report aims to assist the Local Authorities in reviewing the benefits of bioenergy and how they may be leveraged. The report assesses the County Development Plans and looks at how bioenergy can both impact on them, and be impacted by them.
The result is that, if considered holistically under the triple bottom line of economic, social and environmental sustainability, bioenergy has the potential to help deliver many of the responsibilities touched on in the County Development Plans. Local Authorities generally have a common set of working areas and objectives, and bioenergy can in many instances help deliver these objectives, particularly in the areas of attracting inwards investment, employment creation, rural regeneration, climate change, energy security, and creating a secure business environment.
Wood Energy Guide
The Wood Energy Guide “Using local timber to heat your home”is an ‘all you need to know guide’ for end users in considering locally produced timber as a renewable energy resource for their homes and businesses. It provides practical information for home owners and small scale businesses on boiler types and sourcing suitable appliances, and types of fuel available and practical tips for wood storage
Energy from Wood Biomass – Environmental Management Considerations
This report has been produced by Norsjö municipality as an activity under the European Union Northern Periphery Programme project RASLRES (Regional Approaches to Stimulating Local Renewable Energy Solutions – www.raslres.eu). The intention with this report is to raise awareness of potential environmental impacts and how to mitigate them when increasing the uptake of biomass in terms of forestry. It should however be pointed out that these environmental impacts should be put in perspective with the alternatives, which in many cases are fossil fuels.
Review of Woodchip Supply in the Western Region
This market research report presents an overview of the woodchip supply sector in the Western Region. The analysis looks at the level of activity, the scale and the maturity of the companies that supply woodchips for the commercial heating market in the region. This information is of interest to those planning a woodchip fired boiler scheme, and to potential new fuel supply producers or processors.
The following two technical reports are based on experiences with RASLRES pilot projects in the Western Region. The reports aim to share the lessons from the RASLRES projects with other potential industrial heat users. One report looks at how a manufacturing plant switched to biomass from coal for process drying. The second report draws together the lessons from two manufacturing plants (namely a milk processing plant and an animal feed plant) who assessed biomass boilers for process steam.
Wood Energy Installations in the Western Region
This market research report presents a review of medium scale wood energy installations (defined as systems with a boiler size range of 60kW to 1MW) in the Western Region of Ireland.
The report presents a profile of current wood energy users in the region and documents the lessons learnt from operation of installations to date. The analysis informs on future industry planning by detailing the current demand in this market segment, and by providing guidance to potential wood energy users on key issues to consider when developing a project.
Energy Crop Opportunities in the Western Region
The report Energy Crop Opportunities in the Western Region presents an analysis of the potential of energy crops in the Western Region of Ireland based on the application of the national bioenergy Geographical Information System (BGIS), and discusses key factors impacting on the future development of the energy crop sector. The market analysis is of interest to existing and potential fuel producers and processors, private developers of bioenergy projects, local development companies and activists, and public sector players at a policy level and also public procurement of energy. The WDC delivered the report under RASLRES in partnership with the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) and Teagasc.
Research on Wood Energy in the West of Ireland
The results of research that has been carried out through the RASLRES project into the availability and need for wood energy in the West of Ireland is being made available to the public.
This unique research comprises three publications:
- Part one comprises of regional and county based forecasts of the potential wood fuel resource of the West for the period 2010 to 2028; a review of the existing pulpwood and biomass markets within the WDC region and an assessment of the potential for the Western wood energy market. This research document is available for download here
- Part two determines an energy balance for the Western region, to understand the current demand for heating and to estimate the future demand for biomass heating in the region. This research document is available for download here
- Part three outlines the method for initial heat mapping of the Western Region. This document is available for download here