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    Quote Originally Posted by Flamingo View Post
    From a geopolitical point of view, renewable energy could be a real game changer, and cause a real shift in the balance of power away from what, let’s be honest, are some pretty unsavoury regimes who have oil and gas reserves.

    Which is another good reason for pursuing them.

    Ireland could be a net beneficiary of development of renewables as (with the exception of Solar!) Ireland has lots of wind and tides available, and if they are the focus of development and investment by larger economies, it can only be to Ireland’s advantage. We can get the benefit without the costs.
    Tidal power (the non-barrage type) especially in the North & St. Geroge's channels would be able to provide round the clock weather independent power. Also if we need to have Power to Liquid fuels the other major component falls from our skies with very regular intervals (Fresh water).

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    Quote Originally Posted by EUFighter View Post
    Tidal power (the non-barrage type) especially in the North & St. Geroge's channels would be able to provide round the clock weather independent power. Also if we need to have Power to Liquid fuels the other major component falls from our skies with very regular intervals (Fresh water).
    Ref. the North Channel; if you have a look at this map it seems that planning applications are well under way for some kind of tidal energy projects.

    https://www.thecrownestate.co.uk/en-...ces/asset-map/

    Also an expansion to the project at the mouth of Strangford Lough; H&W built a protype tidal turbine for there back in 2008.

    https://www.power-technology.com/pro...angford-lough/

    They built a massive one for the Orkneys also.

    http://www.harland-wolff.com/Project...l-Turbine.aspx

    Some of the more informed posters on here may be able to comment on this; I was once told by a (now sadly deceased) colleague in the RUC that he had occasion to task at very short notice one of the RN Bird Class OPV's.

    They duly picked him up in Larne, and headed North...at which point the CO of the ship told him they may not be able to make it around Fair Head (top of the North Channel) as the wind and tides were against them. They did, just about, and my mucker was seasick; apparently the tides are horrendously strong in there so a great spot for green energy.

    I don't think the Bird Class OPV's were the greatest success...

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bird-class_patrol_vessel
    'History is a vast early warning system'. Norman Cousins

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    Thumbs up Operation Bushfire Assist

    Gotta make sure the troops are fed,

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fep5j50lWp8

    Well done.

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