The Bord na Móna Peat Briquette Design

With three segments spelling out BNM, the Bord na Móna Peat Briquette is one of the most iconic Irish designs. But how did the design come about? It’s a true example of early product design led by our in-house engineers. During the 1940s and 1950s, the company tried several different designs, in a quest to innovate and perfect an increasingly...

Tags: Company Archive, Present and Future, Development, Innovation, 1960s, 1950s

Peat Briquettes

By J. Martin, Mechanical Section Taken from Irish Engineers Journal Supplement, 1970, p34-37. BORD NA MÓNA produces some 315,000 tons of briquettes per annum from 800,000 tons of milled peat. Production takes place at three factories situated at Derrinlough (between Birr and Cloghan), Co. Offaly, Croghan (between Edenderry and Daingean), Co....

Tags: Work, External Publications, Innovation, 1960s, 1950s

Looking back 50 Years – Some Memories of Boora

Dr Finbar Callanan former Bord na Móna Chief Civil Engineer Taken from Scéal na Móna, Vol. 13, no. 60, December 2006, p39-43. I joined Bord na Móna on the 1st of June 1956. Prior to joining the Board I was engaged on the design of the new jetties and harbour facilities for the port of Waterford which had a sizeable expansion programme...

Tags: Work, Development, 1970s, Innovation, 1960s, Scéal na Móna, 1950s

Kilberry Compost (Greenwaste) Plant

Dr Munoo Prasad Taken from Scéal na Móna, Vol. 13, no. 60, December 2006, p55-56 The Kilberry Compost Plant was started mainly as a result of B&Q's policy to reduce its peat usage over the next 5 or 6 years. This policy has the aspiration to reduce peat usage by 90% by the year 2010, although there are some doubts whether this is...

Tags: Present and Future, 2000s, Innovation, Scéal na Móna, Future

Charles Hodgson’s Briquette Factory Derrylea 1860-1867

T.A. Barry Taken from Scéal na Móna, Vol. 1, no. 23, Nov/Dec 1975, p5 The flood-plain of the Rivers Cushina and Figile, tributaries of the Barrow and only three to four miles from Monasterevin as the crow flies, is a remote and lonely countryside, even to-day. In the spring of 1975, only a few scattered stones and a suggestion of long...

Tags: Development, Innovation, Scéal na Móna, Pre-1930s

Brief History of the Peat Industry in Ireland

DONAL CLARKE Taken from Peatland Utilisation and Research in Ireland, The Irish Peat Society, 2006, p7-12. Keywords: Turf peat, fuel, electricity, horticulture SUMMARY Peatlands have been exploited in Ireland for over a thousand years. From the 17th century there was pressure to develop bogs, seen as wastelands, for agriculture. In the 19th...

Tags: Development, External Publications, Innovation, 1950s, 1940s, 1930s, Pre-1930s

Bord na Móna’s Clean Air Business – A Progress Report

Ian Phillips, Section Manager Taken from Scéal na Móna, Vol. 13, no. 64, December 2007, p40-41. A review of Environmental complaints to regulatory bodies, Environmental Protection Agencies and Local Authorities will quickly reveal that odour complaints are the most prominent. The Bord na Móna "Clean Air" Business unit has its...

Tags: Environment, 2000s, 1990s, Innovation, Scéal na Móna

Bord na Móna Agus B&Q

LE DR MUNOO PRASAD, PRIOMH EOLAITHEOIR AGUS DEARBHAIL Ni CHUALAIN, EOLAITHEOIR Taken from Scéal na Móna, Vol. 13, no. 44, November 2002, p25. Tá caidrimh gnó idir Bord na Móna Horticulture le B&Q le seacht mbliana anuas, agus an gnó ag fás gach bliain. Bhunaigh Block agus Quail B&Q i 1969. Tá B&Q mar phairt don Kingfisher Group...

Tags: 2000s, 1990s, Innovation, Scéal na Móna

Waste as a resource

Bord na Móna’s resource recovery business is at the forefront of addressing waste management in a way that makes environmental and commercial sense. From household waste to a company’s waste management chain to treating competitors’ waste, AES can manage it all, using the latest technology. With 6,000 commercial customers and 60,000 domestic...

Tags: Environment, Present and Future, Innovation, Future, Source

Selling for growth

Bord na Móna is a fully commercial company like any other trading entity, state-owned or private. This means that we are obliged to make a profit by earning more in revenue from selling our goods and services than we spend to pay our costs. Essentially, selling is the process of winning an order from a customer. It’s a complicated process...

Tags: Environment, Present and Future, Innovation, Future, Source

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