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Origen appoints Paul Begadon

Paul Begadon, Origen Energy

Paul Begadon has moved from Hevac to sister-company Origen Energy where he is now responsible for the design, sale, installation, and maintenance of both commercial and residential energy systems including combined heat and power (CHP), heat pumps, solar systems, district heating, and mechanical heat recovery ventilation (MVHR). Origen are one of Ireland’s leading suppliers to the renewable energy industry.

Paul’s role with Origen entails the design, sale, installation, and maintenance of both commercial and residential energy systems including combined heat and power (CHP), heat pumps, solar systems, district heating, and mechanical heat recovery ventilation (MVHR). Paul previously served as a heavy vehicle mechanic with the Irish Defence Forces for nine years, while also completing his degree part-time in Energy and Environmental Engineering at ITT Dublin.

Contact: Paul Begadon, Origen Energy. Tel: 01 – 419 1919; email: paul.begadon@origen.ie

Renewable District heating — foundation block for Ireland’s energy transition

Xavier Dubuisson

Xavier Dubuisson

What is district heating? District heating (DH) relies on a central heating plant and a heat distribution network to supply heat at a district level to homes, businesses, public buildings, industrial facilities, etc. District can mean anything from a neighbourhood to a rural town to a large city. Modern heat distribution networks are made of highly-insulated pipes buried in the ground, in which hot water is circulated at temperatures ranging from 110°C down to 60°C for the so-called 4th generation district heating (more on that later).

Individual buildings’ central heating systems are connected to the district heating via “heat user interface” (HUI) units, either directly (no heat exchanger) or indirectly (with heat exchanger). HUIs typically interact with the space heating system controls on the user side, and they generally include heat meters as well as safety devices (pressure regulation, leak detection, etc). Domestic hot water (DHW) is either produced instantaneously through a heat exchanger located in the HUI or accumulated in individual DHW tanks.

A district heating company acts as a utility to operate and maintain the district heating assets, as well as manage the heat metering and billing to individual customers. In large district heating systems, heat production/ distribution/supply operations can be undertaken by separate entities. The legal status and ownership of district heating companies can also vary significantly, from private for-profit utilities, to user-owned, not-for-profit cooperatives, and public utilities owned by the State or local authorities. There are also many variations in between.

Solving heat decarbonisation                                                                                                                           There are more than 6,000 DH schemes in Europe. In Northern Europe, 50% of heat users are serviced by district heating. In Scandinavia in particular, the deployment of district heating was accelerated in response to the oil crises, and it continues to be seen as the solution of choice – not only to increase resilience and decrease import dependency, but very importantly as a foundation stone for their energy systems’ decarbonisation.

In Ireland, we have very limited experience of district heating. The now defunct Ballymun District Heating system has left some reputational damage to the technology, but recent projects such as Tralee and Cloughjordan are pioneering the re-birth of district heating here. The Dublin Docklands district heating project is also getting some traction with the construction of the waste-to-energy plant in Poolbeg from which the equivalent of 50,000 houses’ heating requirement could be recovered.



Other initiatives ongoing in Irish towns such as Killarney, Killorglin, Kilkenny, Claremorris, etc are laying the foundations for new district heating projects.

There are several key reasons why district heating is important for Ireland’s energy transition. First, district heating can be a transformative solution to help implement at scale the transition of our urban centres’ heat supply to low-carbon and renewable energy sources. We are in serious trouble meeting our renewable heat targets for 2020 (we are not even half way there!) and we’ll need radical solutions to bridge the gap. District heating is a practical solution to recover waste heat from electricity generation plants and from industrial processes, or to take advantage of significant economies of scale to deliver renewable heat cost-effectively from biomass, solar thermal, geothermal and other local energy sources.

Recent studies have shown that Ireland has a waste heat potential of 102 Petajoule (PJ), compared to a national heat demand of 117 PJ. This is virtually free heat our energy system is currently dumping. Secondly, by tapping into our local, indigenous heat resources, district heating will help make our energy system more secure and less dependent on fuel imports. We currently depend on over 90% of imported fossil fuels to heat our buildings. Shifting our energy expenditure from imported fuels to capital investment in our energy system and the production of local renewable fuels will create thousands of jobs in construction, engineering, operation and maintenance, farming energy crops, etc.

Thirdly, we have learned from Denmark that large-scale heat storage is an excellent companion for district heating systems as it offers greater flexibility for combined heat and power plants (CHP) and enables high levels of solar thermal energy input into the heat supply. More importantly, large heat stores can be used to harness excess electricity from intermittent renewable sources such as solar and wind power which can then be stored as thermal energy via direct electrical heaters or heat pumps. Storing electricity in this way is 100 times cheaper than in batteries.

Together, district heating and large-scale heat storage is a very effective tool to achieve the shift to renewable energy in our electrical system and heat supply. This is increasingly becoming mainstream in Denmark in what is referred to as 4th Generation District Heating systems.

Deployment of district heating in Ireland                                                                                                          XD Sustainable Energy Consulting Ltd, Kerry County Council and the Tipperary Energy Agency – together with their European colleagues in the EU SmartReFlex project – have assessed current barriers to DH deployment and have started addressing the issues with key stakeholders at local and national level. Critically, our energy policy-makers need to be educated as to the role district heating can play in our energy transition and to integrate it into long-term energy planning at national and local level. In this regard, the current policy of continually expanding the natural gas network is locking the heating sector into fossil fuels for the long-term. Let’s keep this precious fuel for cleaner (than coal or peat) electricity generation from which we can harness cheap heat as a by-product, as well as for transport.

Secondly, the large capital investment required for district heating needs to be de-risked and the cost of project financing reduced with government-guaranteed longterm loans. In addition, in a context of cheap fossil fuels, financial incentives such as the Renewable Heat Incentive will help district heating systems fuelled by renewable fuels compete with oil and LPG heating in areas outside of the natural gas network.

Thirdly, local authorities should be mandated and equipped with the capability to support DH project development, notably by engaging in local heat planning and integrating district heating in plans for future infrastructure works such as road, drainage, etc. Moreover, confidence and know-how along the whole supply chain, including among the engineering profession, needs to be reinforced through education, training and support for innovation. Pilot projects have a key role to play in building experience and focussed government support is required in this regard.

EU SmartReFlex                                                                                                                                                      The EU SmartReFlex project continues to provide a framework for addressing some of the issues identified here. We will have an opportunity to discuss the practical impact of the project in future articles. Readers of Building Services News will also have a unique opportunity to develop their knowledge by participating to a 2-day training course on design and planning of Renewable District Heating & Cooling, on 24-25 January 2017 in Dublin. For further details, please visit: http:// tippenergy.ie/event/technical-design-planningres-district-heating-cooling-dhc-trainingcourse-2/

To find out more about SmartReFlex, visit www.smartreflex.eu.

Contact: Xavier Debuisson. email: xavier@xdconsulting.eu

Wolf GmbH Appoints Peter O’Brien

Peter O'Brien, Technical Sales Manager, Ireland & UK, Wolf GmbH

Peter O’Brien, Technical Sales Manager, Ireland & UK, Wolf GmbH

Wolf GmbH has appointed Peter O’Brien, B.Eng, as Technical Sales Manager for Ireland and the UK. Peter has extensive experience in the industry and, in his new role, is responsible for developing the Wolf brand and establishing it as a “total system provider” with consultants and mechanical contractors.

Wolf GmbH is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of both domestic and commercial heating, ventilation, and combined heat and power units with all products manufactured at its Mainburg factory in Germany. “I’m delighted to join Wolf and look forward to developing the brand here. It is brilliant to be able to offer a total system solution to our clients”, said Peter.

Contact: Peter O’Brien, Wolf. Tel: 086 – 021 6992; email: peter. obrien@wolf.eu; www.wolf.eu

2G Appoints Kinviro

Kinviro, Ireland’s leading mini CHP supplier, has been appointed the Ireland sales agent for 2G, a German PLC company that is one of the world’s leading CHP manufacturers with over 4,000 CHP units in operation worldwide. They have a range of CHP systems from 20KW to 2,000KW, meaning Kinviro can now respond directly to the many requests from Irish customers for larger CHPs.

“We’ve been looking for a supplier in this range for a while and I’m glad we took our time”, says Kinviro’s Frank Daly. “It’s an absolute privilege to be considered by 2G for this appointment. They tick a lot of boxes – they are a quality company, with quality products, and have an excellent track record. They also have a complete range of field-proven, biogas-fired units which I think will be an important area of growth in Ireland.”

2G has also selected a service partner who will work closely with Kinviro in developing the market in Ireland. AC Energy, a CHP and engine service company established by one of Ireland’s leading gas engine service engineers, Peter Normington, has a team of engineers already trained on 2G CHP packages and they are ready to support any units sold into the Irish market.

The AC Energy/Kinviro partnership takes effect immediately and they are already working on a number of promising prospects to build on a 500KW system to be delivered to a site in Co Derry shortly. Early in the new year Kinviro will hold a seminar dedicated to the 2G gas and biogas fired range.

It will run for approximately two hours, and include lunch. Time and venue are yet to be confirmed but those interested should contact Frank Daly, Kinviro at Tel: 087 – 637 9000 or email: frank@kinviro.ie

Change of address for Kinviro

Kinviro Ltd, the leading supplier of micro combined heat and power systems in the country, has moved to new premises located at Unit 1D, Renmore Business Park, Kilcoole, Co, Wicklow. The new headquarters includes warehousing facilities and workshop to support the ever-expanding population of installed Dachs micro CHPs which currently stands at over 60 units.

At one of its commissioned sites in Greystones, Co Wicklow, Kinviro recently ran a “Dachs Demo” comprising a short informative demonstration of the micro CHP for a small group of professionals. The feedback was extremely positive and plans are now in hand to run regular Dachs Demos for interested individuals, groups, associations and representative bodies.

If you would like to attend a Dachs Demo simply visit the “Contact Us” page on Kinviro’s website – www.kinviro.ie