Last weekend (October 2nd - 3rd) an exhibition of battery operated equipment and zero emission fuel machinery was on display at the Sports Campus of Dublin City University (DCU).
Husqvarna’s P535HX Hybrid rotary mower on display at the Expo in DCU
The trade stand was organised by Mick Bohan, in conjunction with Liffey Distributors Ltd. It was intended to highlight the importance of using eco friendly equipment that would reduce carbon emissions.
Mick, who is a former Physical Education teacher and inter-county football coach to the Dublin ladies football team, has become passionate about the environment, especially when it comes to carbon emissions. He wants to make schools and GAA clubs aware of the machinery that is available that is friendly to the environment. Mick became a Husqvarna ambassador through his friendship with Tony Brady, the owner of Liffey Distributors Ltd. based in Dublin. Tony approached Mick asking him would he be interested in promoting Husqvarna products to schools with the emphasis on promoting their environmentally friendly range of equipment.
Husqvarna’s Expo in DCU concentrated on battery powered equipment and mowers using low emmission fuels
“I was involved with PE education in schools and coaching children in GAA clubs. With help from the DCU CEO, Ken Robinson, I was allowed use the university Sports Campus as a venue to hold the Expo. I wanted to promote mowing equipment and tools to schools and sports clubs to better maintain their pitches and at the same time protect the environment. These machines included battery operated strimmers, Automowers and equipment using alkylate fuel that has zero emissions and almost no noise” said Mick. “Husqvarna are trying to compliment the Green GAA Club Initiative by asking people to use battery or Automowers run by low voltage electric wires.”
“We had great interest over the weekend. Many organisations attended such as the Office of Public Works (OPW), the Botanic Gardens, schools, universities and even Horse Racing Ireland” continued Mick.
Some of the attendees also included retired men who were involved in their Mens Sheds organisation. They were particularly interested in the battery operated strimmers and hedge cutters as they were much lighter thus making them easier to lift and operate.
Mick finished teaching PE last June and has since learned about mowing equipment at Husqvarna University, which offers training programs to those involved with Husqvarna products. It is hoped that future Expos, such as this will be held in the future.