Sorry for interrupting, this website uses cookies to improve your experience. We'll assume you're ok with this, but you can opt-out if you wish. Learn more
Accept & Close

Renewable Energy (Industrial Report) - Ireland - September 2010

Renewable energy is energy sourced from natural resources which can be renewed naturally, eg wind power, hydro-power, solar power, biomass and geo-thermal heat. This report considers the market for renewable energy mainly from a wholesale perspective, that is, from the generating and production point of view, although market size analysis includes end user usage of renewables as well.

Key themes of the report:

  • What national and EU-wide policies are impacting on the use of renewable energy sources by electricity generators and oil producers and distributors?
  • How do renewables fit into the current energy market in Ireland?
  • How is the recession and economic problems impacting on the market?
  • What new product developments are taking place and how will that impact on the use of renewable energy in the future?
  • To what degree are renewable sources used today and how will that change in the future?
  • Who are the major generators of electricity and heat using renewable energy?
  • Who are the major producers and distributors of biofuels?
  • Who are the major users of renewable energy?

What you get

What's included

Why buy from us?


Our reports will provide you with market data, consumer research and competitive intelligence to succeed in your market.

Instant Access

Buy now and you'll have instant access to the information you need to make the right decisions.


Find out what's next in the markets that matter to you: where opportunities lie and what challenges you will face.


A business Superbrand, Mintel is a source you can trust. We have been defining and refining the Market Intelligence mix since 1972.

Table of contents

  1. Issues in the Market

      • Key themes of the report
        • Abbreviations
          • Energy definitions
            • Conversion factors
              • Geographical, national and regional definitions
              • Future Opportunities

                • Build a moral brand
                  • Moral brands have authority
                    • Implications
                      • Green efficiency
                        • The global village
                          • Show them that green is safe
                          • Market in Brief

                            • A rapidly expanding market
                              • Figure 1: The renewable energy market in IoI, 2003-15
                            • Electricity production the main growth segment
                              • Figure 2: Breakdown of the renewable energy market in RoI and NI by sector, 2003, 2006, 2010 and 2015
                            • Official policy drives the market...
                              • ...with the energy markets lending a big hand
                                • The big boys move in
                                • Market Background

                                  • Key points
                                    • Broad types of energy
                                      • The pros and cons of renewables
                                        • Types of renewable energy
                                          • Solar energy
                                            • Active Solar Heating (ASH)
                                              • Solar Photovoltaic (PV) Systems
                                                • Wind power
                                                  • Geothermal
                                                    • Biomass
                                                      • Hydro and wave
                                                        • Microgeneration
                                                          • Sustainable or renewable?
                                                            • Still a niche sector of the market
                                                              • Figure 3: Renewable energy share (%) of the overall energy market*, RoI and NI, 2009
                                                            • But renewable energy is growing in importance
                                                              • Figure 4: Renewable energy share (%) of the overall energy market*, RoI and NI, 2001-09
                                                          • Internal Market Environment

                                                            • Key points
                                                              • Structure of renewable energy use
                                                                  • Figure 5: The flow of energy in Ireland, 2009
                                                                • Structure of energy markets
                                                                    • Figure 6: The structure of the renewable electricity system in Ireland
                                                                  • The single electricity market
                                                                    • Figure 7: SEM metrics, 2007/08-2009/10
                                                                  • Role of SEM in the renewable market
                                                                    • Growing cross country links
                                                                      • EU renewable policy
                                                                        • Biofuels
                                                                          • CHP
                                                                            • National renewable energy action plans
                                                                              • Figure 8: Sectoral targets and trajectories* under national renewable energy action plan, 2005-20
                                                                            • Renewables obligation
                                                                              • Figure 9: Suppliers compliance with their obligations, 2005/06-2008-09
                                                                            • ROCs vary by energy source
                                                                              • The Renewable Transport Fuels Obligation
                                                                                • Feed-in tariffs and microgeneration
                                                                                  • Funding boost for biomass in Northern Ireland
                                                                                    • Ireland passes 4.16% biodiesel mandate
                                                                                      • Renewable grants in NI
                                                                                        • Figure 10: NIE grants for renewable energy, 2101
                                                                                      • Renewable grants/programmes in RoI
                                                                                        • Technology driven
                                                                                        • Broader Market Environment

                                                                                          • Key points
                                                                                            • Energy prices determine the viability of renewable
                                                                                              • Figure 11: World commodity fuel prices, 2000-11
                                                                                            • Rising energy prices will benefit renewable development
                                                                                              • The Irish economy drives energy demand
                                                                                                • Figure 12: Total final energy demand in RoI and NI, 2001-09
                                                                                              • With economic growth fragile
                                                                                                • Figure 13: Outlook for GDP, unemployment and government spending in NI and RoI, 2008-10
                                                                                              • The political dimension
                                                                                                • Political initiatives on climate change
                                                                                                  • Ireland’s targets and the Kyoto Protocol
                                                                                                    • Figure 14: Kyoto protocol targets, IoI, 2008-12
                                                                                                  • Energy security
                                                                                                    • Policy action in RoI
                                                                                                      • Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland 5-year strategic plan
                                                                                                      • New Innovations

                                                                                                        • Key points
                                                                                                          • 'Third generation' photovoltaic system
                                                                                                            • Improvements to Wind Turbine Gearbox Reliability
                                                                                                              • Integrating Solar: CSP and Gas Turbine Hybrids
                                                                                                                • Smart Grid technology
                                                                                                                  • Permanent magnet generators for wind turbines
                                                                                                                    • Integrated PMG and DFIG systems
                                                                                                                      • Wind sensors
                                                                                                                        • Commercial Hybrid PV/Thermal Systems
                                                                                                                        • Market Value and Forecast

                                                                                                                          • Key points
                                                                                                                            • Market definition
                                                                                                                              • Rapid growth in GFC
                                                                                                                                • Figure 15: Gross final consumption of renewable energy, 2003-15
                                                                                                                                • Figure 16: Gross final consumption of renewable energy, by jurisdiction, 2003-15
                                                                                                                              • Wind power drives forward electricity consumption…
                                                                                                                                • Figure 17: Gross final consumption of electricity produced from renewable sources, 2003-15
                                                                                                                                • Figure 18: The breakdown of electricity GFC, by type of renewable energy source, 2003-09
                                                                                                                              • Almost 600 GWh of electricity from wave and wind in NI
                                                                                                                                • Figure 19: Electricity generation from renewable sources in NI, 2008
                                                                                                                              • Almost 3,000 GWh of electricity from wave and wind in RoI
                                                                                                                                • Figure 20: Electricity generation from renewable sources, in RoI, 2009
                                                                                                                              • Meaning wind power is also driving the whole renewable sector
                                                                                                                                • Figure 21: The share of total renewable GFC (%) accounted for, by electricity, 2003-15
                                                                                                                              • The biofuels sector takes off
                                                                                                                                • Figure 22: Gross final consumption of transport energy* produced from renewable sources, 2003-15
                                                                                                                                • Figure 23: The production of biofuels under MOTR in RoI, 2006-09
                                                                                                                              • Heat output grows relatively slowly
                                                                                                                                • Figure 24: Gross final consumption of heat and cooling energy produced from renewable sources, 2003-15
                                                                                                                            • Electricity and Heat Suppliers

                                                                                                                              • Key points
                                                                                                                                • AES Kilroot Power Ltd
                                                                                                                                  • B9 Energy
                                                                                                                                    • Balcas Timber Limited
                                                                                                                                      • Biffa Waste Services Ltd
                                                                                                                                        • Bord Gáis Éireann
                                                                                                                                          • Bord na Mona
                                                                                                                                            • Eirgrid
                                                                                                                                              • ESB Group
                                                                                                                                                • NTR plc
                                                                                                                                                  • Quinn Energy Supply
                                                                                                                                                    • RES Ltd
                                                                                                                                                      • Saorgus Energy Ltd
                                                                                                                                                        • Sea Generation Limited
                                                                                                                                                          • Scottish and Southern Energy (SSE) – Airtricity Generation GB Limited
                                                                                                                                                            • ScottishPower Renewables (UK)
                                                                                                                                                              • Viridian Group
                                                                                                                                                              • Biofuels Suppliers

                                                                                                                                                                • Key points
                                                                                                                                                                  • Alternative Biofuels Ireland (Ethanol Ireland).
                                                                                                                                                                    • AER Limited
                                                                                                                                                                      • Biogreen Energy Products Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                        • Bord na Mona
                                                                                                                                                                          • Conoco Phillips Ltd, Whitegate Refinery
                                                                                                                                                                            • Eco Fuels Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                              • EcoOla Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                • Eilish Oils Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                  • EMO Oil Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                    • Goldstar Oils
                                                                                                                                                                                      • Green Biofuels Ireland Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                        • Greyhound Recycling and Recovery Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                          • Irish Food Processors Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                            • Kilkenny Cereals Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                              • Michael McBennet
                                                                                                                                                                                                • Maxol Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                  • MFS Fuel Supplies Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                    • One51 plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                      • PRS Environmental
                                                                                                                                                                                                        • TOPAZ Energy Group Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Figure 25: The major biofuel producers and suppliers in Ireland, 2010
                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Energy Buyers

                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Key points
                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Electricity producers the main customers in RoI...
                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Figure 26: The distribution of the renewable energy production in RoI, 2005-09
                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Figure 27: Breakdown of the distribution of the renewable energy production in RoI (% of supply), 2005-09
                                                                                                                                                                                                          • ...and also in NI
                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Figure 28: The distribution of the renewable energy production in NI, 2005-09
                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Figure 29: The breakdown of renewable energy production in NI, 2005-09
                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Biomass the main end user fuel
                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Figure 30: The distribution of the renewable energy production in RoI, by type of renewable (ktoe), 2009
                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Destination of electricity produced from renewables

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Companies Covered

                                                                                                                                                                                                          To learn more about the companies covered in this report please contact us.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Renewable Energy (Industrial Report) - Ireland - September 2010

                                                                                                                                                                                                          £827.00 (Excl.Tax)