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What is BioEnergy?

Bord na Móna BioEnergy will act as a catalyst to promote the growth of sustainable biomass usage in Ireland. It will help mobilise biomass from the private forestry sector, including harvesting/transport of product from source to end use

How does Bord na Móna utilise biomass?

Bord na Móna BioEnergy will both source and supply sustainable biomass. Initially, the emphasis will be on wood fibre based biomass. Bord na Móna BioEnergy will be a strong and reliable counter party for project developers looking to establish biomass based power generation and/or heat projects.

Sustainability is top of our agenda when considering biomass types and sources. We look at the full carbon lifecycle of the biomass we use. Great time and effort has been taken to measure carbon emissions at every step of the supply chain, including harvesting, processing, and transportation.

We have been co-firing with biomass at our Edenderry Power Plant since 2008, and have increased our use of biomass every year since then. In 2015, our biomass procurement and supply reached a record 320,000 tonnes. Already, this increased use of biomass has produced impressive results, with Bord na Móna’s carbon footprint reduced substantially over the past five to six years.

What are the main sources of biomass?

Biomass is an organic plant based material which can be processed to produce electricity and fuel. It is typically derived from sustainable forestry, forestry residues, and other sustainable ‘energy crops’. Initially, we will be heavily focused on wood fibre based biomass such as: forestry residues; sawmill residues; pulpwood; energy crops such as willow; imported woodchip and pellets.

Forestry

Sustainable forests have a number of by-products, including sawdust, bark from felled trees, and trees that are too small for milling. These by products are milled and mixed together to produce a type of sawdust. This is then compressed under tremendous pressure to produce pellets or briquettes. In this form, the biomass can be transported easily.

Energy Crops

The term energy crops refers to vegetation which is grown to be later processed into electricity or fuel. The most common forms of energy crops include woody vegetation like willow, imported woodchip and pellets.

Benefits of Bord na Móna BioEnergy

Bord na Móna BioEnergy will guarantee long term contracts, delivering continuity and certainty to suppliers & customers, for either offtake of biomass or supply of biomass.

Bord na Móna BioEnergy will guarantee sustainability. If wood fibre based Bord na Móna BioEnergy will guarantee legal sourcing with respect to the European Union Timber Regulations (EUTR) and will offer economically priced biomass.