UCD start-up plans clean fuel for the future

Insight Renewables, a start-up born of a college research project, creates clean, renewable, smokeless bio-coal from woody biomass material.

1st March, 2015
Robert Dowdall, co-promoter of Insight Renewables, which is behind a clean, smokeless biofuelMaura Hickey

Biomass covers pretty much any organic material, either living or dead, including woods, plants and grasses. As a fuel, these substances are carbon neutral, which means they absorb CO2 from the atmosphere and when they die, they release the CO2 back into the atmosphere.

It is a natural carbon cycle, which means biomass is exempt from carbon taxes and can be used as a local energy source to support rural jobs – and it costs...

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