The 2013 Brecan Mooney Award for the Non-Domestic Geothermal Installation(s) of the Years 2006 to 2011
The Geothermal Association of Ireland (GAI) is proud to announce a competition being held in 2013 to promote non-domestic geothermal installations of exceptional merit in the years 2006 to 2011. In 2011, the GAI held the inaugural geothermal installation of year for domestic installations. The competition was a major success with the winner and other finalists receiving recognition for their exemplar work.
The competition is open to installations for non-domestic systems in Ireland and Northern Ireland. The intention of the GAI is to make it a regular event in order to highlight the contribution which geothermal energy is making in Ireland, and to showcase results of the best installations. In order to enter the competition the installation must have been in service since, or before, 31st December 2011, but not earlier than 1st January 2006. The terms and conditions of the competition are set out in the Appendix to the application form. The closing date is Friday 31st May, 2013.
Subject to the number and quality of entries received, and subject to the standard of excellence of the installations assessed, there will be 4 categories in the competition:
- Closed loop system less than 250kW in thermal capacity.
- Open loop system less than 250kW in thermal capacity.
- Closed loop system greater than 250kW in thermal capacity.
- Open loop system greater than 250kW in thermal capacity.
Winners will be announced on 13th November 2013 at the Geothermal Energy conference in Kilkenny. Criteria to be used in the assessment of the entries will include, but not necessarily be limited to:
- Comprehensiveness of design and operational information submitted in the initial entry.
- Quality of Installation (Accessibility, Maintainability, Redundancy, Clarity, Controls).
- Energy performance (Efficiency kWth/kWe, CO2 emissions avoided, Annual maintenance and running cost savings, and estimated simple payback on capital expenditure)
- Operating Performance (Reliability, Records of system operating parameters including sub-metered energy data to show specific geothermal system performance).
- Environmental Due Diligence - appraisal of impact on ground water and waterways.
- Ongoing reporting of system performance to local authorities and/or EPA.
Application forms may be downloaded from here: Application Form
Eurotech Renewables Ltd Wins Inaugural Geothermal Heating Installation of the Year Award 2011
15 October 2011, Limerick
Eurotech Renewables Limited was awarded the inaugural Brecan Mooney domestic geothermal heating installation of the year award 2011, for the innovative geothermal heating system it installed in Sean and Mary McDonald’s home in county Louth, at a prize giving ceremony in Vistakon’s Limerick plant on Saturday 15 October 2011.