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MEMBER PRESS RELEASE – HRS welcomes call for more on-farm AD in Ireland

MEMBER PRESS RELEASE – HRS welcomes call for more on-farm AD in Ireland

By Matt Hale, International Sales & Marketing Director, HRS Heat Exchangers

HRS Heat Exchangers welcomes recent comments by Fianna Fáil MEP Billy Kelleher calling for more support for on-farm anaerobic digestion (AD) to manage the organic slurries produced by livestock farming and help meet Ireland’s climate change obligations.

Anaerobic digestion is unique among the main forms of renewable green energy in that it provides other benefits in addition to the provision of low-carbon energy via biogas and biomethane. It also offers a sustainable method for the treatment of organic wastes, including livestock manures and slurries, and in so doing prevents fugitive carbon emissions. In addition, AD produces a nutrient-rich, renewable biofertiliser known as digestate, which can help offset agricultural emissions and improve soil health and organic matter.

Biogas and biomethane are both uniquely flexible forms of renewable energy. Biogas can be used for heating, or for the generation of electricity via combined heat and power (CHP) units. When upgraded to biomethane, it can be used as a direct replacement for natural gas in the UK gas grid, or as a green transport fuel which is particularly suitable for heavy goods vehicles.

HRS Heat Exchangers agrees that there is an urgent need for on-farm AD plants in Ireland

For these reasons, Mr Kelleher has rightly called on the Irish Government to support the development of on-farm biogas throughout the country via a national anaerobic digester programme, together with the necessary financial support in the 2024 Budget.

His comments come after the European Commission decided not to extend the nitrates derogation, meaning that livestock farms across Ireland now have an urgent need to implement storage and treatment solutions for manures and wastes. According to Mr Kelleher, “The net result of the loss of the derogation will be a scramble for additional land by dairy farmers who can afford to lease land… We need greater slurry storage capacity installed across all our farms, and mechanisms by which our dairy farmers can work with their neighbouring non-dairy farms to spread their slurry in a safe and sustainable way.”

One of the ways to do this is to act on previous Government commitments to boost ‘Agri-centric biomethane production utilising the development of an anaerobic digestion sector.’

HRS produces a range of equipment to improve the efficiency and operation of AD plants

As a supplier of systems and equipment which actively boost the efficiency and usefulness of AD plants around the world, HRS Heat Exchangers agrees with Mr Kelleher that, “The Irish dairy industry is an integral part of [the] agri-food sector,” and must be supported.

HRS produces a range of equipment to improve the efficiency and operation of AD plants, such as the BDS (Biogas Dehumidification System), the DPS (Digestate Pasteurisation System) and DCS (Digestate Concentration System). In addition, our heat exchangers and evaporators have a range of uses in biogas production.


Notes to Editors

About HRS Heat Exchangers
Located in the UK, HRS Heat Exchangers is part of the EIL Group (Exchanger Industries Limited) which operates at the forefront of thermal technology. HRS offers innovative heat transfer solutions worldwide across a diverse range of industries. With more than 40 years’ experience in the anaerobic digestion and biogas sector, specialising in the design and manufacture of an extensive range of turnkey systems and components, incorporating our corrugated tubular and scraped surface heat exchanger technology, HRS products are compliant with global design and industry standards. HRS has a network of offices throughout the world: Australia, Canada, New Zealand, UK, Spain, USA, Malaysia and India; with manufacturing plants in the UK, India, Spain and Canada.

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