26 August 2016 No Comments by The Northern Standard

By Veronica Corr

Last week a team from Advantage Austria, the commercial section of the Austrian Embassy, visited the county to carry out a number of site visits and find out more about renewable energy systems installed by Eurotech Group, based in Castleblayney.
Their first stop was Lisdoonan, where they learned about an innovative renewable energy housing scheme. Gerry Duffy, Managing Director of Eurotech acted as their tour guide on the day.

The group were very interested in this Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) award-winning scheme, which is the first of its kind in this country.

Eurotech designed a hybrid system, which takes heat from the ground energy from the humidity in the atmosphere to provide heating and hot water for all of the houses in the ‘Fort View’ housing estate in Lisdoonan. The system is powered by Ochsner heat pumps, an Austrian company.

The reason the SEAI grant-aided the project was because it had never been done before.

Gerry provided the Austrian delegation with some background information on the scheme, as previously reported in The Northern Standard last April.

Teresa McEneaney and Martin McDonnell from Lisdoonan District Housing Association were also on hand to answer queries.
The Austrian party were then brought to see one of the external plant rooms and given a tour of one of the houses.
Then it was on to the rest of their itinerary, where they would see different types of renewable energy at work.
Wilhelm Nest, Head of Advantage Austria, explained why the team comprised of Project Managers Dimitrios Tsaousis, Harald Pitschek and Dagmar McGuinness, as well as Elizabeth O’Leary, Office Manager, were …

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