Barry Caslin – Bioenergy and Rural Development Specialist, Teagasc

  • Speaker Bio:

    Barry Caslin is Teagasc Bioenergy and Rural Development Specialist. Prior to joining the specialist service Barry worked for eight years in the advisory service with Teagasc and prior to that worked with Glanbia in Germany in the meat industry. Barry has presented a local radio programme on Shannonside Northern Sound for four year for Macra na Feirme on youth related issues and on Ocean FM for three years on behalf of Teagasc where he presented an agricultural show. Barry works in the Crops Environment and Land Use Programme in Teagasc together with the Rural Economy and Development Programme. He has a hons degree in Agricultural Science from UCD and a Masters in Environmental Protection from Sligo IT

    Presentation Title:

    Biomass to Meet Irelands Energy Needs

    Presentation Synopsis:

    Using sustainable biomass as an energy source could reduce the cost of meeting Irelands energy and  carbon targets but energy and agricultural policies need to be joined up. The high value of bioenergy lies in its versatility to provide energy for a mix of low carbon heat, power, gas and liquid transport fuels. Biomass producing bioenergy is particularly attractive because of its versatility – it can be turned into heat, used in power stations instead of fossil fuels and turned into gas fuels which can be potentially used in vehicles in the future. Growing biomass in Ireland would increase energy security by complementing imports and provide economic value to Ireland and could be a new income stream for farmers if the sector is developed properly.

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