Rose Energy offers a practical and sustainable solution to two major environmental challenges by...

delivering up to one third of Northern Ireland's renewable energy obligation



Northern Ireland is obligated to generate 12% of its electricity from indigenous renewable sources by 2012. Rose Energy will deliver up to one third of the renewable energy obligation by providing enough electricity to power 25,000 homes.


 


preventing pollution and preserving our water quality


Farmers are no longer permitted to spread poultry bedding as a fertiliser on farmland due to the EU Nitrates directive, which came into force in January 2007. The directive is concerned with the protection of waters against pollution caused by nitrates from agricultural sources such as poultry bedding. The Rose Energy project has the capacity to use all of of Northern Ireland's poultry bedding, thus alleviating a major burden on the farming industry and helping to preserve our water quality.

 


A local solution that works for everyone!



About the Solution...



The Fuel Sources
Rose Energy presents an opportunity to covert two green fuel sources - poultry bedding and meat and bone meal (MBM) - into electricity. Poultry bedding and MBM are both valuable renewable energy sources and are already used successfully in existing plants in Great Britain. The agri-food companies supporting the project together produce 250,000 tonnes of biomass material annually...guaranteeing a truly renewable and sustainable fuel source.

 
 
Location
Centrally located near Glenavy, County Antrim, the Rose Energy plant will reinforce the electricity infrastructure in the local area. It is also ideally placed between the two major centres of poultry farming in Northern Ireland, minimising the distances required to transport the biomass fuel. As MBM is locally sourced, we anticipate no significant increase in traffic volume in the local area.
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Timescales
The plant is expected to take between two and half and three years to build, and should be operational by late 2010/early 2011, subject to planning approval.
 
 
The Benefits
  • The plant will use proven technology and local green fuel sources.
  • The Rose Energy plant will deliver up to one third of Northern Ireland's renewable energy obligation by providing enough electricity to power 25,000 homes.
  • The Rose Energy plant has the capacity to use all of Northern Ireland's poultry bedding, thus providing a solution to a major challenge facing our farming industry and helping to preserve our water quality.
  • The plant will create at least 30 new jobs and will also help to safeguard thousands of existing jobs in our local agri-food industry.
  • The power supply will be continuous, unlike wind or solar power which is dependent on weather conditions.


 


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