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Sunday 22 September 2019

Calor to launch renewable gas products for homes next year

Renewable gas will be available to domestic users in Ireland for the first time when Calor launches it early next year. Stock photo: PA
Renewable gas will be available to domestic users in Ireland for the first time when Calor launches it early next year. Stock photo: PA
Gavin McLoughlin

Gavin McLoughlin

Renewable gas will be available to domestic users in Ireland for the first time when Calor launches it early next year.

Ireland is one of the first countries in Europe where Calor is making the product available.

The gas is a byproduct of producing biodiesel, made from refining waste and vegetable oil.

The product - known as BioLPG - will not require a refit for existing LPG (liquefied petroleum gas) users as the product can use the existing infrastructure.

LPG is the gas used by homes, farms and businesses that are not connected to the national gas network.

It is stored in large bulk tanks, with Calor and FloGas the main players in the sector in Ireland.

LPG has much lower emissions than using coal or oil for heating and with Ireland certain to miss its 2020 EU emission reduction targets, using renewable products for home heating is likely to be encouraged by policymakers.

Gas Networks Ireland (GNI) - the state entity that is responsible for managing Ireland's gas network - has set a target of having renewable gas make up 20pc of all gas on the Irish network by 2030.

It has been looking to commission the first injection point for the gas this year.

GNI has also been looking to begin rolling out compressed natural gas (CNG) filling stations to help reduce transport emissions, with a particular focus on commercial transport and haulage.

"There's a clear opportunity there for heavy goods vehicles (HGVs) and buses and so on to switch over to CNG," GNI head of commercial Denis O'Sullivan told the Sunday Independent in August.

He said GNI was working with Bus Eireann and Dublin Bus on a project that would see some of the fleet transfer to CNG.

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