Author: Pádraic Ó hUiginn, communications programme manager, Ireland’s national Technology Centre for Biorefining and Bioenergy (TCBB)
Reputedly the location of Ireland’s first computer and home to one of Ireland’s former sugar beet processing plants, Premier Green Energy’s plant in Thurles, Co Tipperary played host to a cutting-edge industry exhibition earlier this month.
Days after the European Union milk quotas ended and with much interest from the agri-food industries, Cabragh Business Park, on the outskirts of Thurles in Golden Vale country, hosted discussions about new opportunities for Ireland’s development of a low carbon economy. At the core of the day’s events were the economic and sustainability potential of valorising Ireland’s rich organic wastes.
In his welcome to the 200 people in attendance Bart Bonsall, technology leader at Ireland’s national Technology Centre for Biorefining and Bioenergy (TCBB), spoke about Ireland’s potential in terms of raw materials from organic by-products, wastes and residues if we can bridge the gap up to the multi-tonne commercial demonstration-scale stage of development.
“This is what this event is about, it’s about showing the technologies developed at lab-scale in the universities in partnership with industry, the pilot-scale activities carried out by the TCBB on-site with industry and the huge potential for demonstration and deployment of those technologies in Ireland to benefit the economy and create jobs,” Bonsall added.