Farm Ireland

Saturday 24 March 2018

Frost concerns efficient users

Frosty weather tends to focus the minds of householders on energy efficiency, according to the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI).

Dr Brian Motherway told the Teagasc Energy Efficiency Conference that the SEAI receives up to 1,000 phone calls per day during cold and frosty weather from people seeking information on how to reduce their home and office heating bills.

Dr Motherway said Ireland was on the cusp of a revolution in energy use and improving energy efficiency was a great way to spend money in Ireland, rather than sending it abroad.

British leading CHP unit usage

British Sugar is one of a number of companies leading the way on using combined heat and power (CHP) units to heat glasshouses for horticulture production.

Cornerways Nursery in Norfolk, which is owned by British Sugar, is heated by 240 miles of piping carrying hot water from the sugar factory's CHP plant

Cornerways Nursery is one and a half times the size of the entire Irish tomato industry, producing 140m tomatoes per year. It saves €60,000 per heat on heating cost by using CHP.

Bioenergy plan for the New Year

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Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture Shane McEntee hinted at the prospect of new schemes aimed at energy efficiency and bioenergy in the New Year at the Energy Efficiency Conference.

"After Christmas you will see a lot more projecst rolled out to cut down on waste and harvest any spare heat and energy," he told conference delegates.

He said Minister for Education Ruairi Quinn was to examine the possibility of switching schools around the country to renewable energy heating.

Irish poultry is lagging behind

Irish poultry farms are lagging behind their British counterparts in terms of energy efficiency, according to a Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland survey.

A study of poultry meat producers with more than 200,000 birds found Irish producers use 0.71 kilowatt hours per bird, compared to 0.39Kwh per bird on the average British poultry unit. The difference means that Irish poultry houses are 45pc less energy efficient than British farmers.

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