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Heat Pumps in Agriculture - Workshop

Event Time 10am - 1pm
Venue Teagasc Ashtown Food Research Centre, Ashtown, Dublin 15, D15 DY05
AgroFossilFree (AFF) Heat Pumps in Agriculture Workshop

With farm carbon emissions under the spotlight and an increasing emphasis on sustainable agriculture, many producers are moving away from fossil fuels.

Heat pumps can offer a good solution for poultry, pig, horticultural units and on some specialised tillage units, with a low carbon footprint and the advantage that they can cool as well as warm spaces to keep buildings at the ideal temperature, whatever the weather.

Teagasc and Geological Survey of Ireland will run a half day workshop on Tuesday, 22nd February from 10am - 1pm on heat pump technologies and their relevance to the agricultural sector. The workshop will address the following areas:

  • How they work
  • Ground source heat suitability maps (GSI)
  • Benefits to farmers
  • Installation and running costs
  • The Support Scheme for Renewable Heat
  • Compatibility with existing heating system
  • Planning and potential pitfalls
  • Integrating green electricity
  • Examples of heat pumps in action (Horticulture & Pigs)

Attendance is free however booking is essential as numbers will be limited. 


  • Introduction to Heat Pumps in Agriculture
    Barry Caslin, Teagasc
  • Overview of Geological Survey Ireland’s geothermal programme
    Sarah Blake, Geological Survey Ireland
  • Using shallow geothermal energy with heat pumps
    Taly Hunter Williams, Geological Survey Ireland
  • Heat Pumps in the Dairy and Agribusiness sectors
    David Connolly, Astatine
  • Developing Policy to Support Heat Pumps
    Nick Vafeas. iCRAG, UCD
  • Farm case study
    Mike Cotter, Alternative Heating & Cooling (AHAC)
  • Irish Heat Pump Association
    Walter Stephens, Panasonic Heating & Cooling Solutions Europe

Followed by discussion

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