Biomass

RDD 81. Biomass Combustion Emissions Study - IrBEARDD 106. Biomass Valorisation from Cutaway Peatland - Bord na Mona

If biomass is to make its greatest possible contribution to renewable energy provision in Ireland any positive impact on the environment must not be outweighted by potential negative impacts on the environment. The issue of air quality and emissions from biomass combustion needs to be properly examined. This project aims to undertake a desk study of existing boiler regulations, air quality regulations, appliance requirements, fuel requirements and other relevant information and produce a report to inform policy makers.

  • Organisation website: http://www.irbea.org/
  • Category: Policy Orientated Study (100%)
  • Total Project Cost: €33,445
  • SEAI grant (2016): €33,445
  • Final Project Report HERE

In 2015, with support from SEAI, Bord na Mona successfully completed trials to grow and harvest biomass on cutaway peatland with the ultimate aim of developing a viable biomass briquette. This project intends to build on the findings of 2015 by harvesting rush and reed canary grass materials and making the biomass briquettes using steam explosion technology at the BNM briquette factory in Littleton. The project team will also carry out a 3 year GHG life cycle analysis of the process. By redefining potential end uses and embracing new methods of production there is significant potential to find environmentally sustainable and financially viable after uses for cutaway peatland.

  • Organisation website: www.bordnamona.ie
  • Category: Policy Orientated Study (100%)
  • Total Project Cost: €33,445
  • SEAI grant (2016): €33,445
  • Final Project Report HERE
 
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