Energy Group Exploring Potential of Waste

Technologies that allow coal dust and agricultural waste to be turned into fuel, and electricity to be generated from landfill by-products, will be discussed at the next meeting of Invest Northern Ireland’s Energy Research and Knowledge Transfer Group.

The Group is made up of around 70 local companies who meet on a regular basis to share knowledge on a wide range of energy related issues such as energy from waste, heat recovery from refrigeration, heat economisers for flue gas, and voltage control systems.

“The Group is an important forum for Northern Ireland companies and researchers involved in developing technology specifically in the area of renewable energy,” says Tracy Meharg, Invest NI’s Managing Director of Innovation and Capability Development.

“With increasing pressure on business from rising fuel costs and environmental legislation, it’s important that we create an arena that encourages the sharing of ideas and a collaborative approach to developing new technology,” she adds.   

At the Group meetings, members have the opportunity to present new ideas, products and services and get information from Invest NI about its support programmes such as the Knowledge Transfer Partnerships, SMART, Compete, the Small and Medium Enterprise Grant Scheme and the Carbon Trust Energy Efficiency Loan Scheme.

The next meeting of the Energy Research and Knowledge Transfer Group will take place on Tuesday 12 December 2006 in Lagan Valley Island, Lisburn. Guest speakers will include John Gilbert of Applied Silicate Technologies, who will talk about producing sustainable fuel from coal, wood and agricultural wastes; and Dr Stephen Spence of Queen’s University who will discuss research into the development of the 140kw low methane electricity generator from landfill and biogas.

“Invest Northern Ireland is looking for more companies who have the ability to develop new technologies in the area of sustainable development to join our Energy Research and Knowledge Transfer Group,” says Tracy Meharg. “The stronger and more diverse this Group is the more it can contribute to the development of the sustainable energy sector in Northern Ireland.”

For more information about the Group contact Invest NI’s Energy Section on 028 9069 8868 or e-mail