Outside the Farm Gate (Industry)



Stabilising electric energy supply from renewable sources

  • Smart Grids
  • Technology of storage and managing
  • Leveling supply to demand
  • Managing peak supply
Moderator: Bobby Smith,Senior Policy Advisor, WEI




Christian Kjaer, Chief Public Affairs Officer, Supernode




Ellen Diskin, Active System Manager, ESB Networks






The latest research and what it tells us about Ireland’s farming renewable energy future

Moderator: Dr. Niamh Power, Lecturer & Researcher, Department of Civil, Structural & Environmental Engineering, Munster Technological University Cork

Dr. Niamh Power is a Lecturer and Researcher, in Munster Technological University, Ireland.

She received an honours degree in Civil & Structural Engineering coming top of her class, before pursuing her PhD in the area of waste management, anaerobic digestion and biogas as a transport fuel. Her interests are; biogas, anaerobic digestion, renewable energy from wastes & crops, transport & CHP, Life Cycle Analysis and policies & drivers for change. She is involved in a number of large EU research projects on the circular economy, concentrating on the sustainable use of nutrients these projects including Phos4You   and ReNu2Farm.




Dr Beatrice Smyth, School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Queen's University Belfast

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Professor Brian Norton, Head of Energy Research, Tyndall National Institute

Brian Norton is Head of Energy Research at Tyndall National Institute, University College Cork as well as Professor of Solar Energy Applications at TU Dublin and immediate past President of Dublin Institute of Technology. He is a co-principal investigator in MaREI; the SFI Centre for Energy, Climate and Marine. He currently serves on the European Academics Science Advisory Council and is Member of the Royal Irish Academy. He is an honorary fellow of the Chartered Institute of Building Services Engineers and an Honorary Professor at Universities in Northern Ireland, China and the USA. His awards include the CIBSE Napier Shaw Medal, the Energy Institute’s Roscoe Award, the American Association of Publishers PROSE Award, the Solaris Lifetime Achievement Award and the Solar Energy Journal Best Paper Award. Brian Norton’s research has made siginificant contributions in the field of solar energy technologies particularly in agricultural applications, building energy efficiency and sustainability. His publications include over 500 widely-cited research papers and he is sole author/co-author of twelve books.

Professor Mike Jones, Trinity College Dublin

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Financing large scale renewable energy projects


Russell Smyth, Partner, KPMG


Networking Break




Decentralised energy towards Net Zero in Agribusiness

  • In-depth feasibility studies, energy surveys, site surveys and GIS scoping
  • Partnering with local farmers and landowners
Charlotte Norton - Energy Consultant, Carbon Trust, UK
Charlotte works as a renewable energy consultant within the Cities and Regions team at Carbon Trust. She has experience developing renewable energy projects with the public, private and community sectors, providing support at all stages of renewable energy project development and delivery: from initial site finding and feasibility assessments, to helping to secure finance and determining the most appropriate route to market for energy generation.

Charlotte previously worked for the Energy Systems Catapult supporting the development of innovation projects which aim to accelerate the low carbon energy system transition.

Charlotte has an MSc with distinction in Renewable Energy and the Built Environment from the University of East London, which was delivered by the Centre for Alternative Technology, and a BSc in Geography from the University of Bristol.



Danone Wexford: the first infant formula production site in the world to be certified as carbon neutral

Mark Stafford, Environment Manager, Danone.



The business case for bioenergy / biogas

  • Cost versus natural gas
  • Consumer demand and pricing
  • Logistics of gas grid connection
  • The value of bi-products
Moderator: Russell Smyth, Partner, KPMG
PJ McCarthy, CEO, Renewable Gas Forum Ireland

CEO and founding member of the Renewable Gas Forum Ireland (RGFI) established in 2014, with a focus on establishing an indigenous renewable gas industry in Ireland.RGFI Representative  on behalf of Industry, on the Design Phase of the Green Gas Certification Scheme (GGCS) for Ireland. On the Board of European Renewable Gas Registry (ERGaR) and partner in REGATRACE a European Trading Hub for RNG across EU Member states. Also Board member European Biogas Association  and member of Advisory Council. Project Lead of the AgriBioCNG Cluster Project – business case for biomethane production. Leading Technical and Strategic support to Project Clover, an industry led initiative and collaboration on the fully integrated business proposal for biomethane, bio fertilisers and soil carbon sequestration.

Billy Costello, Director, Green Generation


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