Forest Bioenergy Demonstration, Co Kilkenny
- Date: Wednesday 22 April 2015
- Meeting point: Long Man of Kilfane pub & restaurant, Co Kilkenny (R448 - Old Dublin Road; north of Thomastown)
Teagasc and the Forest Service in association with Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) and the Irish Wood Producers (IWP) invite forest owners to attend the upcoming Forest Bioenergy Demonstration on Wednesday 22 April 2015.
The increasing demand for wood biomass in Ireland presents an opportunity for forest owners. The recent COFORD report ‘Mobilising Ireland’s Forest Resource’ recommends increasing the use of full tree harvesting and the recovery of harvesting residues to help alleviate the increasing gap in the supply/demand of wood biomass in Ireland. The report estimates that by 2020 wood demand on the island of Ireland will exceed the expected supply by 2.1 m3 million per year and that forest based biomass is projected to see the largest rise in demand due to government targets on renewable energy.
If forest owners are to take advantage of this increasing demand, it is vital that supplying the wood biomass market is done efficiently and economically.
Waterford Institute of Technology has studied the wood biomass supply chain over several years. Their most recent research examines the productivity of three different harvesting methods in conifer thinning while maximising the potential harvest through whole tree thinning. The research attempts to examine the efficiency and economics of each harvesting option.
The Forest Bioenergy Demonstration will focus on the following:
- Merits of thinning
- Its potential products
- Route to market
- Harvesting methods and services available
Speakers will include staff from the Teagasc Forestry Development Department and WIT, the contractor (Worrell Harvesting Ltd.) on site and the supervising forest company (Forest Enterprises Ltd.).
Wednesday 22 April 2015: Meet at The ‘Long Man of Kilfane’ pub & restaurant, Co Kilkenny (R448 - Old Dublin Road; north of Thomastown).
Arrive any time between 10.30 am and 11.30 am. Guided tours will leave every twenty minutes, and the demonstration will take approximately 2.5 hours. These are outdoor events so please bring appropriate footwear and raingear (Wellingtons essential). All are welcome. Event is free.