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Northern Ireland Aims To Make The Most Of Its Tidal Energy Resources

25th February 2019
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Tidal kites like these have been tested in the optimum conditions of Strangford Lough over the last few years Tidal kites like these have been tested in the optimum conditions of Strangford Lough over the last few years Photo: Minesto

#SeaPower - Northern Ireland is well placed to capitalise on the growing trend towards renewable energy thanks to its unique tidal resources, according to a leading researcher in the field.

Dr Carwyn Frost of Queen’s University Belfast tells Emily McDaid of local tech incubator Catalyst Inc that the Narrows between Strangford Lough and the Irish Sea have the perfect conditions to harness the power of the sea’s tides — in shallow waters away from ocean swell, and more accessible than similar sites in the far north of Scotland.

The area was previously home to the world’s first tidal power station in the form of the SeaGen turbine, and has since been a test site for new projects such as the PowerKite developing the next generation of tidal energy devices.

Silicon Republic has much more on the story HERE.

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MacDara Conroy

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