Teagasc Bioenergy Events
Two important bioenergy events are taking place next week. An Energy Crops Harvesting Demonstration and Technical Information Day will take place in Carlow on Tuesday, 16 February, organised by Teagasc in association with Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food. The event kicks off with a technical information session in the Talbot Hotel, Carlow in the morning, followed by the largest ever international demonstration of harvesting machinery for willow and miscanthus crops, taking place in the afternoon at Teagasc Research Centre in Oak Park, Carlow.
Speaking in advance of the energy crops day, Teagasc bioenergy specialist Barry Caslin said:” Land owners now have more flexibility to produce different crops as most subsidy payments are decoupled from production. Global warming and climate change are shaping the market for land-based renewable energy crops and this event offers farmers an insight into the potential of renewable energy technology, to make a difference in the land-based sectors.”
On Thursday, 18 February, the National Bioenergy Conference will take place in the Tipperary Institute, in Thurles. Organised by Teagasc and the Irish Bioenergy Association (IrBEA) with support from FBD Trust, this event brings together the main players in this emerging sector. The theme of the 2010 National Bioenergy Conference ‘Developing and Financing Bioenergy’ is appropriate given the challenges currently faced at the different stages of developing a project. Speakers include bioenergy business developers telling the story behind their respective projects, based on wood energy, cereal crops and biofuels. The conference will provide an update on Government policy and ongoing research and development.