Irish businesses team up on “waste-to-watts” method


Ireland – With the help of Queens University Belfast and the Center for Competitiveness/Smart Grid Ireland, four top Mid-Ulster businesses have created a cooperative cluster.

This pilot initiative aims to help these companies realize their Net-Zero innovation potential and meet their environmental, social, and governance goals.

The Mid-Ulster Partnership has been established by Tobermore Concrete, Dale Farm, RSC Group, and CemCor (Cement). The Center for Advanced Sustainable Energy (CASE) at QUB made this innovative strategy possible by indicating that farming wastes might decarbonize the current gas system, which would have significant effects on Northern Ireland’s ability to achieve Net Zero.

Energy needs

In this study, scientists from Queen’s University under the direction of Prof. David Rooney found that producing biomethane from farm livestock waste and grass silage could help to cover a sizeable portion of Northern Ireland’s energy needs.

The four businesses’ revolutionary “waste-to-watts” method has the potential to support the development of low-carbon agricultural practices, low-carbon agri-food products, decarbonized transportation fuel, and decarbonized building materials.

The Mid-Ulster enterprises hope to eventually build a large-scale facility that will be able to produce enough biomethane for both their own needs and for injection into the NI gas grid.