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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?

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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

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Renewable Energy (Industrial Report) - Ireland - September 2010

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