Teagasc hosted a briefing session on anaerobic digestion on 3rd October in Ashtown, Dublin with a potential role for co-operation highlighted by speakers.
Anaerobic digestion is the conversion of feedstock (any organic non woody material) by micro-organisms in the absence of oxygen in biogas and digestate. Grass silage, slurries and food wastes can be used in the process. It is a proven technology for farming operations and offers significant potential in terms of supplementing farm income. Additionally biogas production can assist Irish agriculture with demanding environmental obligations. A range of speakers discussed the challenges related to biogas in Ireland including raising funds, planning, regulatory constraints and grid connection.
James Browne from Gas Networks Ireland and Russell Smyth from KPMG recommended a co-operative approach to biogas in Ireland. An announcement by Government regarding the Renewable Heat Incentive is required urgently to drive investment in this area.
By Eamonn Farrell
Agri Food Policy Executive
28 May 2021