Assess local supply for a proposed bioenergy facility.
Both existing and potential supply can be assessed using the bioenergy GIS. Forestry and waste information is provided on a county basis; energy crop and agricultural information on a field basis.
To assess the energy crop potential (existing and potential), use the energy crop suitability tool. There are a number of ways of utilising this – drawing a polygon, drawing a freeform circle, drawing a circle of preset radius, or on a county basis, which are detailed in the wiki. What it means is that the energy that can be potentially delivered from energy crop plantations, or potential energy crop plantations within a set distance of the proposed facility can be determined. This can help to provide confidence to financiers; investors; and decision makers when opting to select a bioenergy facility. It can be used for the purposes of heating facilities, co-generation facilities, electricity generation facilities, and for potential biofuel facilities.
As an example, it was found that to provide sufficient material for a potential 7MW industrial facility in Ballaghadereen would require less than 2% of the land within25km of Ennis that is highly suitable for growing SRC Willow to be converted. This demonstrates that supply chains can be very local for biomass facilities.