Energy Now Expo 2017 to take place in Kilkenny tomorrow

The Energy Now Expo 2017 will take place on October 25 and 26, at The Hub, Cillin Hill, Co. Kilkenny.

The expo has been designed to introduce Irish farmers and landowners to the benefits that can be derived from renewable technologies.

There will be approximately 70 suppliers, representing: anaerobic digestion and biogas; biomass; CHP (Combined Heat and Power); energy storage and efficiency; heat pumps; hydropower; and solar and wind companies.

The exhibitors will showcase their technologies, while suppliers will be on hand to discuss the costs, benefits and challenges associated with each system.

The two-day event, according to the organisers, will provide a better understanding of the opportunities available in renewable energy generation. A line-up of industry experts will deliver insight, best practice in energy efficiency and guidance on how to maximise returns from existing schemes.

According to David Jacobmeyer, director of the Energy Now Expo, the event aims to deliver educational talks and insight from experts.

“This is why we’ve worked hard to create a two-day, content-rich conference, that will run alongside our exhibition.

Farmers and landowners visiting our expo will be equipped with all of the advice they require to push forward a renewable agenda – from deciding if it is right for their land to what grants are available.

Day one will commence with an opening session from Kevin Brady (Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment), who will focus on Ireland’s renewable heating strategy.

The afternoon panel debates include focused talks on biomass, wind, heat pumps, anaerobic digestion and biogas, from a host of different speakers.

Day two will feature real-life insights from dairy farmer Tommy Cooke. Teagasc’s Barry Caslin will host a session titled: What grants are available for renewable energy and energy saving systems – and what’s expected?

In addition to the seminar programme and trade exhibition, a third element has been added to the event. Visitors can attend a third day of activity with an educational tour of Gilfresh Energy’s anaerobic digestion plant, near Loughgall, Co. Armagh.

On Friday, October 27, a guided tour will provide visitors with an in-depth insight into the workings of the “state-of-the-art” plant, that’s currently performing at an output of over 98%.