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Biomass

Biomass is central to reducing our carbon footprint

Biomass is also key to ensuring Ireland meets its renewable energy targets. Bord na Móna began co-firing with Biomass at its Edenderry Power Station in 2008. Since then, volumes have increased year-on-year with procurement and supply reaching a record 320,000 tonnes in 2015.

Biomass is central to reducing our carbon footprint

Biomass is also key to ensuring Ireland meets its renewable energy targets. Bord na Móna began co-firing with Biomass at its Edenderry Power Station in 2008. Since then, volumes have increased year-on-year with procurement and supply reaching a record 320,000 tonnes in 2015.

What is Biomass

Biomass is an organic material which can be turned into electricity, fuel, and heat. Biomass is typically derived from sustainable forestry, forestry residues, and other sustainable ‘crops’ like willow.

Imported Wood Pellets - Lowering CO2 Emissions

When the green house gas (GHG) output of the imported biomass process including production, transportation and firing is calculated, the total GHG emissions are lower than any other non-biomass fuel source. This figure is expressed in terms CO2e, meaning carbon dioxide equivalent. CO2e represents the total climate change impact of all greenhouse gases. Achieving a low CO2e figure is one step towards achieving sustainable energy sources.

Imported Wood Pellets - Lowering CO2 Emissions

When the green house gas (GHG) output of the imported biomass process including production, transportation and firing is calculated, the total GHG emissions are lower than any other non-biomass fuel source. This figure is expressed in terms CO2e, meaning carbon dioxide equivalent. CO2e represents the total climate change impact of all greenhouse gases. Achieving a low CO2e figure is one step towards achieving sustainable energy sources.

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Patrick Madigan - Head of Biomass

In 2015, Patrick joined Bord na Móna as the Head of our continually growing Biomass business. Biomass is any organic plant based material that can be processed to produce electricity, fuel or energy. It is typically derived from sustainable forestry, forestry residues, and other sustainable ‘energy crops’ like willow and miscanthus.

Patrick’s interest in Biomass ignited in 2004 when he started working for a very large sawmill. While there, he was presented with the challenge of finding a use for the sizeable amount of waste material being generated. The solution came when it was found that the waste could be processed into an energy product like wood pellets.

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Patrick Madigan - Head of Biomass

In 2015, Patrick joined Bord na Móna as the Head of our continually growing Biomass business. Biomass is any organic plant based material that can be processed to produce electricity, fuel or energy. It is typically derived from sustainable forestry, forestry residues, and other sustainable ‘energy crops’ like willow and miscanthus.

Patrick’s interest in Biomass ignited in 2004 when he started working for a very large sawmill. While there, he was presented with the challenge of finding a use for the sizeable amount of waste material being generated. The solution came when it was found that the waste could be processed into an energy product like wood pellets.

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It is our aim to become the number one supplier of biomass materials on the island of Ireland

Mike Quinn, CEO
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Did you know Bord na Móna is developing a biomass briquette?

Bord na Móna has plans to use biomass to produce a briquette that is part biomass and part peat. Developing a biomass briquette will offer customers a more sustainable option to heat their home while still getting the quality of heat you would expect from our traditional peat briquette.

Did you know Bord na Móna is developing a biomass briquette?

Bord na Móna has plans to use biomass to produce a briquette that is part biomass and part peat. Developing a biomass briquette will offer customers a more sustainable option to heat their home while still getting the quality of heat you would expect from our traditional peat briquette.

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We are always looking at new uses for our land that are environmentally sustainable and commercially viable

We are currently conducting biomass growing trials to find the perfect indigenous source. If these are successful, it will be a significant development in terms of our goal to become the number one supplier, and user, of biomass materials in Ireland.

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Co-firing with biomass at Edenderry Power Plant has produced impressive results. Bord na Móna’s carbon footprint has reduced significantly over the last five to six years

Mike Quinn
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Co-firing with biomass at Edenderry Power Plant has produced impressive results. Bord na Móna’s carbon footprint has reduced significantly over the last five to six years

Mike Quinn
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