Q. How does this Bio Energy park compare to the previously proposed development?
A. Taking into consideration feedback from residents, the revised design is smaller in scale producing 5MWe of electricity and 14MWth of heat, this is 20% of the electricity and 35% of the heat of the previous proposed development. It is a move away from a woodchip steam boiler to a woodchip gasification plant that essentially ‘bakes’ the woodchip thermally cracking it to produce a rich syngas a biogas. It is also more modular, with smaller buildings for specific processes, producing carbon neutral green energy products.
Q. Does the plant burn biomass?
A. No. This is not a biomass woodchip boiler. It is an enclosed system that converts the woodchip to a rich syngas, a biogas.
Q. Will agri-waste as used in anerobic digestion be stored on-site?
A. No. The system is designed only to use woodchip. There will be no odours associated with the storage of agri-waste.
Q. Will the project deliver heating to other areas of the town, including commercial and residential areas?
A. The Company supports the distribution to residential at a cost and carbon savings to residents, subject to Government policy alignment and stakeholder demand. The company must work within Government decarbonisation policy and support structures, a submission has been made under the Climate Action Fund in respect of district heating to industrial users, as that offsets the greatest amount of carbon emissions. Subject to planning approval, the company would seek to engage with residents to assess the demand for connection and extension of the district heating network from the industrial park to residential areas
Q. What is the objective of the project?
A. The objective of the project is to construct a Green Energy Bio Park with embedded and sustainable infrastructure that promotes Shannon as Ireland`s first town working towards becoming a Carbon Neutral Zone. These benefits will further attract employment and industry to the town.
Q. What material will be used to produce the bioenergy?
A. Woodchip sourced from commercial forestry harvesting by-products, brash, stumps, pulp, as harvested annually in the region.
Q. Is there enough supply in the region?
A. Yes, there is more than enough. County Clare has an established private and public forestry sector, established over decades to supply Finsa, since closed. Materials will be sourced primarily from local private forestry farmers and producer groups.
Q. What green energy products are produced from the woodchip?
A. Green electricity, heating and renewable gas are produced, offsetting over 67,500 tonnes of CO2 per year from the atmosphere. Over 15 years, over 1,000,000 tonnes of CO2 will be offset. The project uses forest harvest residues in the form of woodchip from the region to produce green sustainable energy products for the town and region.
Q. How many trucks of woodchip are required?
A. 24 truck loads of woodchip are required per day. Spread over 8 hours, we will need 3 trucks per hour, 5 days a week.
Q. How many jobs will be created?
A. +200 jobs will be created and composed of: 48 to 50 Direct full-time jobs, plus a further 100 full-time equivalents in harvesting and haulage and 60 to 80 during construction of plant and district heating.