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District Heating & CHP

RPS has been at the forefront of energy recovery from waste in Ireland for the past decade.

Among the major environmental concerns currently facing Ireland is the challenge to manage our national residual waste streams. In parallel we have the challenges of reducing our national carbon footprint and increasing our security of energy supply. We have been involved in the national and regional planning, feasibility and delivery of waste to energy projects across a range of technology types and business sectors. We have been engaged in this business sector by a range of Irish local authorities, government bodies and the UK Department of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA).

The combination of our experience in the waste and energy sectors ensures that a balanced and practical approach is taken to all of our projects. We have ground-breaking experience in the management of project and stakeholder communications.

Our experience includes the delivery of projects in the following areas:

Conventional and fluidised bed combustion

Anaerobic digestion (agricultural and industrial)

Landfill gas utilization

Solid and liquid biofuel development

Pyrolysis and gasification

Plasma arc technology

MBT and refuse derived fuels technologies

Agricultural residue utilization studies

Energy and feedstock resource studies

Technology development consultancy

Project finance, procurement and lifecycle analysis

Economic, technical and environmental project reviews

Case Studies

Biomass District Heating Feasibility Study

Biomass District Heating Feasibility Study, Longford Town

Longford Community Resources Limited


RPS was appointed by Longford Community Resources Limited (LCRL) to carry out a biomass district heating feasibility study for Longford Town.

Initially RPS developed a data spreadsheet and an energy end use map following extensive consultation with potential customers identified by LCRL. The consultation phase involved issuing of questionnaires, followed up with phone calls, emails and meetings, in order to gather thorough energy use data. A spreadsheet model was developed to accept and analyse this data. Following the consultation phase a preliminary design of a district heating system was completed. This design was based on the energy end use map and data spreadsheet.

The following tasks were completed at this stage:

Sizing of heat sources

Pipe routing taking into account potential customer locations, land use, pipe sizing, pipe type, no. of road crossings required, etc

The optimum flow and return temperatures for the system were determined

Sizing of pipes based on the required heat delivery capacity of the overall network, individual heat loads and on the defined flow and return temperatures

Heat source locations/ potential sites were identified

Customer heat exchanger requirements were defined

Calculation of annual energy consumption

Calculation of annual carbon emissions reduction

Dublin Waste to Energy

Dublin Waste to Energy

Dublin City Council

Dublin, Ireland

Client Representative for the Dublin Waste to Energy PPP project, providing project management and technical advice.

The objective was to determine the optimum procurement route and procure a thermal treatment plant in the Dublin Region utilising the most up to date technology.

Our role on this project included site selection; managing the entire process through to construction; managing input and baseline monitoring for the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS); managing the planning and licensing process including Oral Hearings for planning permissions and waste licence; foreshore and CER licence applications.

The project was stalled during a political hiatus 2009 – 2011. This was followed by environmental and commercial objections to the EU Commission on State Aid and Procurement. These were all rejected by the Commission following detailed submissions led by RPS.

Once cleared by the EU Commission, a Value for Money (VFM) Certificate was issued by the National Development Finance Agency. The four Dublin Local Authority CEOs then approved the revised Project Agreement with Covanta on September 19th 2014. Construction commenced thereafter and the plant is expected to be commissioned by 2017.