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29
Jun

Renewable Energy for Food Producers and Agri-Business

As I mentioned in last fridays entry if you are a food producer or farmer you know that energy costs make up a significant proportion of your expenses. This section of the blog advises you on ways to reduce your energy spend. Today I am going to zone in on renewable energy on dairy farming and pig farming. Renewable Energy and Dairy Farming An adequate and reliable supply of hot…

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28
Jun

What is a heat pump?

A heat pump is a device that transfers heat from one location to another. Heat pumps are typically used to pull heat out of the air or ground to heat a home, office building etc… but they can be reversed to cool a building. One of the biggest advantages of a heat pump is that there is no need to install separate systems to provide heating and cooling. Heat pumps…

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27
Jun

Explaining Part-L

Part L of the Irish Building Regulations deals with the conservation of fuel and energy. The regulation itself states that a building shall be designed and constructed so as to ensure that the energy performance of the building is such as to limit the amount of energy required for the operation of the building and the amount of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions associated with this energy use insofar as is…

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26
Jun

Fuel Supply

Fuel for your biomass boiler can be supplied by the ton or per kWh. If you are purchasing fuel by the ton, you should consider the following: Moisture content: The moisture content of the fuel effects how efficiently it burns. As a general rule of thumb, the higher the moisture the less efficiently it will burn. However, in some cases the fuel can be too dry. The maximum moisture content…

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25
Jun

What can I burn in my biomass boiler?

There are different types of biomass boilers. Log boilers usually will just burn logs. Some models are capable of burning turf and coal also. However, burning turf in a boiler which you have to manually feed may not be the best idea as it has a low calorific value, i.e. you will spend a considerable amount of time shovelling turf into the boiler. Often when a fuel has a low…

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22
Jun

Renewable Energy for Food Producers and Agri-Business

If you are a food producer or farmer you know that energy costs make up a significant proportion of your expenses. This blog will advise you how you can reduce your energy spend. We will be make a number of posts on this topic- so follow the blog and check back every Friday. You will find this especially interesting if you are involved in the following sectors such as: horticulture,…

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21
Jun

What’s the difference between solar tubes, solar panels (and solar PV)?

Solar Thermal Solar thermal collectors are modular and either ‘building integrated’, i.e. forming part of the cladding system, or ‘bolt on’. Arrays are typically pitched at about 30º and orientated between southeast and southwest, and it’s important that overshadowing is avoided. In Ireland heat exchangers are used to transfer the heat collected from the solar collector circuit to the hot water store or circuit. The two main types of solar…

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20
Jun

How to choose a biomass boiler

The first step in the decision making process is to decide how much heat is required as this will indicate which size boiler is needed. It is inefficient to use a boiler which generates surplus heat to your requirements. Once the size has been determined, you can then proceed to investigate the boilers that are available in that particular size. Before the boiler is purchased, it is important to consider…

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19
Jun

Renewable Energy Grants

Unfortunately, in Ireland there isn’t a huge amount of grants for renewable energy projects available, especially when compared with the UK. We think the Irish government could do more to support home owners and businesses that are forward thinking and considering renewable energy. However, we have listed what is available below: If you know of any grants which we have not suggested here, please advise. Republic of Ireland SEAI Grants…

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18
Jun

Why you should regularly maintain your biomass boiler

Once properly installed, biomass systems are generally very reliable provided they are regularly serviced and maintained. Typically you can expect the greatest lifespan from a boiler that has been taken care of (20+ years). To take care of your boiler properly you will need to regularly clean it (rake out the ash) and get it serviced annually by a trained engineer. A reputable company will provide you with training on…

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15
Jun

Renewable Heat Incentive Announced in Northern Ireland

The DETI Minister, Arlene Foster, has officially launched the Northern Ireland Renewable Heat Premium Payment scheme (NIRHPP). The NIRHPP is a government designed scheme to help domestic householders in Northern Ireland afford renewable technologies that can heat their home. This is a short term measure prior to the possible introduction of a Northern Ireland Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) for the domestic sector. The scheme was opened to application on the…

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14
Jun

Carbon Tax Increase

The carbon tax is a Government tax which is applicable to all CO2 emission sources. The imposition of a carbon tax is seen by Government as an effective way of encouraging behavioural change by incentivising companies to bring low or carbon free products and services to the market. In 2010 a carbon tax was introduced in Ireland. The carbon tax applies to kerosene, oil, liquid petroleum gas (LPG), and piped…

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13
Jun

Who Should Consider a Wind Turbine?

There are many different sizes of wind turbines available in Ireland to cater for varying customer needs. However, when considering a wind turbine you need to ask yourself, how long is my payback on investment going to take? The table below will give a rough idea what size turbine would suit your site based on your electricity spend. It also gives an indication of what kind of payback to expect.…

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12
Jun

Biomass Explained

Biomass is produced from organic materials, either directly from plants or indirectly from industrial, commercial, domestic or agricultural products. Biomass doesn’t include fossil fuels, which have taken millions of years to be created. Non-woody biomass includes animal waste, industrial and biodegradable municipal products from food processing and high energy crops. Examples include rape, sugar cane and maize. Woody biomass includes forest products (wood chip & wood pellets), untreated wood products,…

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12
Jun

Enerpower Launches An Interesting New Blog

High Output from Enerpower Solar PV Panels Enerpower launch a new blog to keep you informed on a variety of renewable energy topics. The blog will have a new post everyday discussing relevant energy stories in the press and explaining everything you want to know about renewables. We would be delighted if you would follow [...]

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11
Jun

Biomass Heating Ireland

Although last winter was mild, the previous one wasn't, and many business and homes are looking for ways to reduce their heating costs. One way to reduce your costs is to switch from fossil fuels to renewable energy. The table below compares the cost per kWh of various heating fuels available in Ireland. There is certainly a strong case to switch to biomass (wood) heating if you are located in…

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