Frank Arnold, a former worker at Knappenrode Briquette Factory and Museum with one of the briquettes produced at the plant. Arnold worked at the factory from the age of 17 till he was 40 when the factory closed in 1993. He now works as a guide at the museum.  Photograph:Frank Miller

Those prematurely nostalgic for the peat briquette should fly to Berlin and take a quick trip down the road to Lusatia. While Bord na Mona has (...)

Since Bord na Móna was set up in 1933 as the Turf Development Board, many thousands of acres of raised bog in the midlands have been harvested for use(...)

Minister for Transport Paschal Donohoe who has decided to postpone development of the western section of the Galway-Dublin cycle route following objections from landowners. Photograph: Collins

Politicians west of the Shannon have welcomed a decision by Minister for Transport Paschal Donohoe to postpone development of the western section of t(...)

Dr Kristina Johnson: “I had this crazy idea of an all-in-one system on an electric car which has solar panels on the roof and its own charging station.” Photograph: Larry Busacca/Getty

Former US energy under-secretary Dr Kristina Johnson doesn’t carry a crystal ball around in her bag, but she wouldn’t have been the least bit surprise(...)

The Bord na Móna Endenderry peat powered power station in Co Offaly. Photograph: : Niall Carson/PA Wire

The High Court’s decision to overturn planning permission for the continued operation of Bord Na Móna’s (BNM) Edenderry plant represents a major setba(...)

Mainstream Renewable Power wona  20-year mandate to feed the power from the wind farms into Chile’s regulated electricity market from 2017. Photograph: Sergio Perez/Reuters

A Chilean renewable energy joint venture involving Eddie O’Connor’s Mainstream Renewable Power (MRP) will invest $600 million (€544 million) in new wi(...)

A general view of the Bord na Mona Edenderry peat powered power station in Co Offaly. Photograph: PA

An Taisce has secured a court order overturning a planning permission for the continued operation of a Bord na Móna peat-powered power plant near Eden(...)

Bord na Móna  will stop harvesting peat and  will complete its move to a sustainable business within 15 years. Photograph: Eamonn Farrell/

When Gabriel Claffey joined Bord na Móna 60 years ago, he couldn’t have been happier. Just out of school, the 17-year-old from Ferbane, Co Offaly, got(...)

Farewell peat briquette

There can be few 20th century industrial projects more distinctively Irish than the peat briquette. Most of us will feel some regret at the news that (...)

Students at St  Declan’s Community College, Kilmacthomas, Co Waterford, protesting about pylons in the Comeragh region. Photograph: Alan Betson

A €156.8 million upgrade of the electricity network, from Clare to Dublin and across the southern region, will take three to four years to complete, E(...)