Bioenergy conference on Tuesday

A major national bioenergy conference will take place in Tullamore, County Offaly on Tuesday next, 12th February 2008. The one-day conference, jointly organised by the Irish Bioenergy Association (IrBEA) and Teagasc, will focus on the latest developments in this emerging industry. The theme for the conference is ‘Bioenergy – Making it a Sustainable Reality’ and it will focus on how to make the bioenergy supply chain work. The panel of national and international speakers, drawn from the different stages of the supply chain, will share their experiences on how they achieved success in the biomass energy sectors and in the less-known non-energy sectors of crop-derived construction materials, renewable polymers and lubricants. The possibility of using crops for fuel is one of the most exciting developments of recent years. Announcing details of the conference, Teagasc energy crop specialist Barry Caslin said: ‘This conference will provide those involved in all stages of the biomass chain with the opportunity to hear about the latest policy developments, research, commercial initiatives and the new opportunities that are emerging.’ President of IrBEA Vicky Heslop said: ‘Now is a really exciting time in the industry with new and promising opportunities continuously emerging. Our National Bioenergy Conference this year will hear from those already successful in the sectors as they share their experiences of making the bioenergy supply chain work for them.’