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Heating and Cooling in Ireland

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Biomass

One of our main environmental problems is the continuously increasing production of organic wastes. In many countries, sustainable waste management as well as waste prevention and education have become major political priorities, representing an important share of the common efforts to reduce pollution and greenhouse gas emissions. Uncontrolled waste dumping is no longer acceptable today and even controlled landfill disposal and incineration of organic wastes are not considered optimal practices, as environmental standards are increasingly more effective methods of energy recovery and recycling of nutrients and organic matter are being explored.

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Bio energy, Biomass - PDF 364.29 KB |

Solar Energy

One square metre on an Irish roof receives the equivalent of more than 100 litres of oil in free solar energy per year. A solar water heater produces hot water by transforming sunlight into heat through its solar panels. That heat is then stored in a large hot water cylinder so that it is available when needed. A control system ensures the regulation and safety of the equipment. A solar water heater converts both direct sunlight and indirect sunlight into heat, it works even when the sky is overcast. There is less solar heat available during the winter so a back-up heater is needed to boost the water temperature.

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Going Solar - PDF 395.16 KB |

Transcript Simon Welan - PDF 239.81 KB