Irish firm looks to exploit EU poultry rule changes
New regulations put bhsl in the mix for lucrative deals
An Irish company that has pioneered the use of poultry manure as a fuel for heat generation on chicken farms is poised to target multi-million euro sales following a crucial change to EU regulations.
A recent Commission decision to allow the use of poultry manure as a fuel under existing animal by-product regulations means that Limerick energy firm bhsl Limited is in line to compete for lucrative contracts in Britain, continental Europe and the Americas.
West Limerick-based bhsl is a world leader in the adoption of innovative and patented fluidised bed combustion (FBC) technology for on-farm energy generation.
The commercialisation of the bhsl technology has now been given the green light as a result of the Commission's decision.
The EU Commission's move puts the Limerick firm in pole position to deliver its heat generation technology to a large number of poultry units in Britain and many more across the EU.
The Limerick concern has worked closely with the Department of Agriculture and EPA in Ireland and with DEFRA and the Environment Agency in Britain to provide the Commission with technical evidence to support the recent regulation change.
This decision becomes law across the EU in the coming months.
Declan O'Connor is CEO of bhsl which is based in the former Kantoher Creamery site at Killeedy, seven miles outside Newcastle West.