Bio-fuel trial for RHI deemed a success in Northern Ireland

OFTEC announces the successful completion of a four-year trial of a new environmentally friendly home heating bio-fuel in Killinchy, Northern Ireland.

Oil Firing Technical Association (OFTEC), which represents the home heating and cooking industry in the UK and Republic of Ireland, hopes the new B30K home heating bio-fuel will now be supported by the Northern Ireland government in phase two of the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI), a financial incentive to encourage householders to switch to renewable fuels. The bio-fuel, which was mixed and stored by Emo in Belfast, is a kerosene-based fuel which contains 30 per cent Fatty Acid Methyl Ester (FAME). FAME can be sourced from animal fat or vegetable oil from plants and is 100% renewable.

OFTEC reiterated its call on Energy Minister Arlene Foster to include the new home heating oil in the domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) plans, set to be announced later this month. By including the fuel, the new home heating oil would be an affordable and environmentally friendly option for householders in Northern Ireland. The organisation believes the bio-fuel has the potential to reduce the overall carbon footprint of Northern Ireland, where over 60% of all homes currently use heating oil as their primary heating source.

OFTEC Ireland manager David Blevings said: “We are delighted with the success in Killinchy and the potential overall of this new bio-fuel which has been developed by the home heating oil industry to help reduce our CO2 footprint. Inclusion of bioliquids like B30K in the domestic RHI would be a great step forward for Northern Ireland.”