State of art bioenergy R&D laboratory opening at CREST in Enniskillen

State of art bioenergy R&D laboratory opening at CREST in Enniskillen
August, 2015
A new state of the art bioenergy research and development and testing facility will open for business at CREST (Centre for Renewable Energy and Sustainable Technologies) in Enniskillen on Wednesday 9th September and to celebrate the opening, a 3 day programme of free bioenergy events will take place from 8th to 10th September.

The advanced R&D facility, which is part-financed through the Interreg IVa programme, with support from the Special EU Programmes Body, is thought to be the most extensive research facility of its kind in Northern Ireland.

The laboratory complements the extensive R&D facilities recently unveiled at CREST and comprises a testing laboratory and a biomass processing area, including a briquette press, pellet mill and oil seed press, along with a range of testing equipment.
Tim Stokes, CREST Centre Manager said:

“The new laboratory is an excellent addition to the CREST R&D facilities which include the CREST Passive Pavilion and innovative solar and energy storage installations. It will enable us to undertake a range of practical industry research projects relating to bioenergy on behalf of businesses and farmers in the region.”

The equipment can be used to process and analyse various biomass residues to assess their suitability for producing biomass fuel. It can also be used to support local Anaerobic Digestion plants through testing the stability of biological processes that are producing the biogas – thereby facilitating efficient plant operation and energy production.
The 3-day series of events which have been organised by CREST at South West College and the Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute (AFBI) will run as follows:
  • 8th September – Biomass Fuel Quality Workshop at AFBI, Hillsborough
  • 9th September – CREST R&D Lab Opening & Biomass Processing & Testing Workshop
  • 10th September – Anaerobic Digestion & Biogas Optimisation Seminar at CREST
CREST is one of the South West College (SWC) innovation centres, based at the SWC Technology and Skills Centre (Killyhevlin Industrial Estate). CREST has world class facilities and a team of staff providing support to small and medium-sized businesses in Northern Ireland and beyond, enabling them to develop and adopt new renewable energy and sustainable technologies.

For further information about the CREST facilities and the series of events to mark the opening of the new bioenergy research and development and testing facility, please contact Shane McBrien, tel: 028 6634 2301 or email: