4th December 2017: Gas Networks Ireland will host the 2018 Combined Heat & Power Conference – “Powering a sustainable energy future” – at the Radisson Blu, Cork on Wednesday, 7th February 2018. The conference will explore the significant reduction in energy costs, CO2 emissions, and carbon tax that can be achieved through the utilisation of Combined Heat and Power (CHP) technology, and the security and continuity of energy the on-site power generation provides.
Speakers at the event include Bob Hanna, Chief Technical Advisor at the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment (DCCAE), Ian Kilgallon, Business Development & Innovation Manager, Gas Networks Ireland, Hans Korteweg, Managing Director of COGEN Europe, Owen Lewis, IIEA Working Group on Energy and Climate, Fran McFadden, Commercial Connections Manager, Gas Networks Ireland and Derek O’Connor, Facilities Engineering and Structural Manager for Bausch + Lomb Ireland. Attendees will also hear testimonials and case studies from representatives from the SEAI, Aughinish Alumina, the Radisson Blu Hotel and ABP Food Group Ireland.
Fran McFadden Commercial Connections Manager with Gas Networks Ireland:
“CHP technology is mature and well-proven, and is expected to play an important role in Ireland’s transition to a diverse and lower carbon energy mix, in combination with Renewable Gas, which is set to be injected into the natural gas network in 2018. Where businesses are placing an increasing priority on reducing their carbon footprint and emissions, the timing has never been more relevant to explore environmental benefits, and financial savings, that CHP offers.”
CHP (Combined Heat and Power) is a particularly appropriate energy solution for industries with large energy requirements, especially in Ireland, where electricity prices for large industrial and commercial customers are among some of the highest in Europe. CHP uses cogeneration to provide both heat and electricity on-site, allowing a business to reduce its overall energy costs resulting in a significant competitive and productivity advantages.
CHP technology is widely used across Europe to support energy-heavy industries. Here in Ireland however, levels of CHP infrastructure are low with just 7.5% of Ireland’s electricity and 6.9% of the country’s heat demand coming from CHP installations in 2015, a stark contrast to the European average of 11%. European Union energy policy requires that all EU member states consider the role CHP can play in meeting their energy efficiency targets.
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