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#WorldJuniorRowing: Ireland had to settle for fifth place in the C Final, 17th overall, in the women’s quadruple sculls at the World Junior Rowing Championships at Trakai in Lithuania today. The crew of Fiona Murtagh, Jasmine English, Erin Barry and Bernadette Walsh had done well to make it through the C/D semi-finals and were very much in touch in the early stages, but by 750 metres they had dropped to the back of the field, and they stayed in fifth until the finish of a race won by Estonia.

World Junior Rowing Championships, Trakai, Lithuania, Day Four (Selected Results, Irish interest)

Men

Quadruple Sculls– C/D Semi-Final One (First Three to C Final; rest to D Final): 1 Romania 6:15.90, 2 Ukraine 6:17.57, 3 Ireland (C Carmody, J Mitchell, D O’Malley, P Hegarty) 6:18.28, 4 Russia 6:22.38, 5 Estonia 6:29.19.

Double Sculls – Semi-Final One (First Three to C Final; rest to D Final): 1 France 6:49.57, 2 Russia 6:50.65, 3 United States 6:50.83; 4 Ireland (A Harrington, J Casey) 6:51.05, 5 Bulgaria 6:59.84, 6 Estonia 7:06.97.

Women

Quadruple Sculls – C Final (places 13 to 17): 1 Estonia 7:07.80, 2 Japan 7:10.80, 3 Denmark 7:12.25, 4 Sweden 7:12.30,

5 Ireland (F Murtagh, J English, E Barry, B Walsh) 7:25.01

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#WorldJuniorRowing: Ireland’s quaduple scull of Conor Carmody, John Mitchell, David O’Malley and Paddy Hegarty raced a good race to finish third in their C/D Semi-Final and qualify for the C Final at the World Junior Rowing Championships in Trakai in Lithuania this morning. Romania were virtually unchallenged as leaders through this race, with the Ukraine, Ireland and Russia disputing the second and third qualification places. In the final quarter Ireland took on and beat the Russians to secure third.

The C/D semi-final for the Ireland men’s double of Jack Casey and Andy Harrington had been a very similar race, but Ireland came out at the wrong end of the result. France led all the way down the course, with Ireland, Russia and Bulgaria vying for second and third. Ireland moved into second by the third quarter but the United States challenged strongly over the final half and engaged in a battle with Russia. As Bulgaria faded, Russia and the United States took second and third, while Ireland fell back to fourth.

World Junior Rowing Championships, Trakai, Lithuania, Day Four (Selected Results, Irish interest)

Men

Quadruple Sculls– C/D Semi-Final One (First Three to C Final; rest to D Final): 1 Romania 6:15.90, 2 Ukraine 6:17.57, 3 Ireland (C Carmody, J Mitchell, D O’Malley, P Hegarty) 6:18.28, 4 Russia 6:22.38, 5 Estonia 6:29.19.

Double Sculls – Semi-Final One (First Three to C Final; rest to D Final): 1 France 6:49.57, 2 Russia 6:50.65, 3 United States 6:50.83; 4 Ireland (A Harrington, J Casey) 6:51.05, 5 Bulgaria 6:59.84, 6 Estonia 7:06.97.

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#WorldJuniorRowing: The Ireland women’s quadruple, which has struggled at the World Junior Rowing Championships in Trakai in Lithuania, showed fighting spirit to take third in their C/D Semi-Final today.

Denmark and Japan secured first and second, but the young Ireland crew of Bernadette Walsh, Fiona Murtagh, Erin Barry and Jasmine English saw off a challenge by Croatia in the middle stages of the race to secure qualification for the C Final for places 13 to 18.

World Junior Rowing Championships, Trakai, Lithuania, Day Three (Selected Results, Irish interest)

Men

Double Sculls – Quarter Final One (First Three to A/B Semi-Final; rest to C/D Semi-Final): 1 Romania 6:21.73, 2 Lithuania 6:25.62, 3 Britain 6:26.80; 4 Russia 6:36.37, 5 Croatia 6:40.91, 6 Ireland (A Harrington, J Casey) 6:41.41.

Women

Quadruple Sculls – C/D Semi-Final (First Three to C Final; rest to D Final): 1 Denmark 6:57.12, 2 Japan 6:58.13, 3 Ireland (B Walsh, F Murtagh, E Barry, J English) 7:03.58; 4 Croatia 7:08.50.

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#WorldJuniorRowing: The Ireland men’s double scull of Jack Casey and Andy Harrington missed out on a place at the semi-finals at the World Junior Rowing Championships at Trakai in Lithuania this morning. In tailwind conditions, Romania set a hot pace in the quarter-final, with Britain and Lithuania coming closest to matching them. The first three places were the crucial ones and Ireland were in touch to half way. But in the second half, the top three moved away and Ireland ended up sixth. Lithuania took second from Britain coming up to the line.

World Junior Rowing Championships, Trakai, Lithuania, Day Three (Selected Results, Irish interest)

Men

Double Sculls – Quarter Final One (First Three to A/B Semi-Final; rest to C/D Semi-Final): 1 Romania 6:21.73, 2 Lithuania 6:25.62, 3 Britain 6:26.80; 4 Russia 6:36.37, 5 Croatia 6:40.91, 6 Ireland (A Harrington, J Casey) 6:41.41.

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#WorldJuniorRowing: Ireland’s Bridget Jacques and Hilary Shinnick qualified for the semi-finals of the women’s double sculls at the World Junior Rowing Championships with an emphatic win in Trakai in Lithuania this morning. Two boats qualified, but Ireland left second-placed Austria far behind, with a the margin a remarkable 14.51 seconds at the finish.

The men’s quadruple fought a great fight and came within 12 hundredths of a second of qualifying for their semi-finals. The race was won well by Germany, and Poland held the second qualifying place down the course, holding off challenges by Japan and the Ireland crew of Conor Carmody, John Mitchell, David O’Malley and Patrick Hegarty. In the hectic closing stages Ireland were just held off by Poland.

The women’s quadruple scull of Bernadette Walsh, Jasmine English, Erin Barry and Fiona Murtagh will compete in the C/D semi-finals after finishing fifth of five in their repechage. Switzerland and Belarus comfortably took the qualifying places for the A/B semi-finals, while Ireland finished behind Japan and Estonia, who took third and fourth.

World Junior Rowing Championships, Trakai, Lithuania, Day Two (Selected Results, Irish interest)

Men

Quadruple Sculls (First Two to A/B Semi-Finals; rest to C/D Semi-Finals) – Repechage One: 1 Germany 6:28.81, 2 Poland 6:35.94; 3 Ireland (C Carmody, J Mitchell, D O’Malley, P Hegarty) 6:36.06, 4 Japan 6:37.20, 5 Estonia 6:53.89.

Women

Quadruple Sculls (First Two to A/B Semi-Finals; rest to C/D Semi-Finals) – Repechage Two: 1 Switzerland 7:04.23, 2 Belarus 7:10.38; 3 Japan 7:14.75, 4 Estonia 7:17.39, 5 Ireland (B Walsh, F Murtagh, E Barry, J English) 7:27.52.

Double Sculls (First Two to A/B Semi-Finals; rest to C/D Semi-Finals) – Repechage Four: 1 Ireland (H Shinnick, B Jacques) 8:11.85, 2 Austria 8:26.36; 3 Mexico 8:36.29, 4 Moldova 8:42.35, 5 Israel 8:58.95

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#WorldJuniorRowing: The Ireland women’s double scull of Bridget Jacques and Hilary Shinnick had to settle for second place and a slot in a repechage at the World Junior Championships in Trakai in Lithuania today. The very promising crew were leading their heat with about 100 metres to go and on course for direct qualification for the semi-finals when they clipped a buoy and temporarily lost control of an oar. Greece, who were less than a length down, came through and won by 3.73 seconds.

The Ireland men’s double of Andy Harrington and Jack Casey also finished second in their heat, to progress to their quarter-final, while the men’s quadruple finished fourth in a race in which all the crews except the winners, the Czech Republic, move on to the repechages.

The Ireland women’s quadruple finished fourth in their heat. South Africa and the Czech Republic took charge early on and took the two direct qualification places for the semi-final. Sweden and Ireland were third and fourth down the course and finished well behind. India did not compete.

World Juniors Rowing Championships, Trakai, Lithuania, Day One (Selected Results, Irish interest)

Men

Quadruple Sculls (First to A/B Semi-Finals; rest to Repechage) – Heat Two: 1 Czech Republic 6:22.66; 2 Italy 6:26.11, 3 China 6:26.77, 4 Ireland (C Carmody, J Mitchell, D O’Malley, P Hegarty) 6:36.07, 5 Greece 6:39.68, 6 Austria 6:50.63.

Double Sculls – (First Four to Quarter-Finals) – Heat Five: 1 Denmark 7:07.58, 2 Ireland (J Casey, A Harrington) 7:09.75, 3 United States 7:12.03, 4 Belarus 7:15.68; 5 China 7:26.92.

Women

Quadruple Sculls – Heat Two (First Two to A/B Semi-Finals; rest to Repechages): 1 South Africa 7:12.61, 2 Czech Republic 7:14.43;   3 Sweden 7:27.46, 4 Ireland (B Walsh, F Murtagh, E Barry, J English) 7:34.18.

Double Sculls – (First To A/B Semi-Finals, Rest to Repechages) – Heat Four: 1 Greece 7:41.64, 2 Ireland (H Shinnick, B Jacques) 7:45.37, 3 Croatia 7:54.35, 4 Germany 8:07.68, 5 Uzbekhistan 8:20.83, 6 Moldova 8:29.47.

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# ROWING: A team of 13 Ireland hopefuls will travel to the World Junior Championships this season. Hilary Shinnick and Bridget Jacques team up in a promising junior double scull, and Bernadette Walsh will represent Ireland in the single scull in Lithuania.

Ireland will also take big teams to the Coupe de la Jeunesse in Lucerne, Switzerland, in August and the Home International Regatta in Nottingham in July.

 

Junior World Championships, Trakai, Lithuania (7-11 August)
JW 1X Bernadette Walsh (Skibbereen RC)
JW 2X Hilary Shinnick (Fermoy RC), Bridget Jacques (Belfast BC)
JW 4X- Fiona Murtagh (Galway RC), Leonie Hamel (Cork BC),
Erin Barry (Bann RC), Jasmin English (Belfast BC)
JM 2X Andy Harrington (Shandon BC), Jack Casey (Shandon BC)
JM 4X- Paddy Hegarty (Skibbereen RC), John Mitchel (Lee RC),
David O’Malley (St Michaels RC), Conor Carmody (Shannon RC)
Coupe de la Jeunesse, Lucerne, Switzerland (2-4 August)
JW 1X Phoebe Mulligan (Portora BC)
JW 2X Megan McLaughlin (Cork BC), Claire Beechinor (Cork BC)
JW 4X- Kara O’Connor (Muckross RC), Eimear Lambe (Commercial RC),
Laura Kilbane (Cork BC), Zoe Hyde (Killorglin RC)
JM 1X Gareth McKillen (RBAI RC)
JM 2X William Yeomans (Commercial RC), Daniel Buckley (Lee RC)
JM 4X- Matthew Ryan (Skibbereen RC), Rory O’Sullivan (Lee RC),
Evan Stone (Lee RC), Stephen Murphy (Cork BC)
The following two crews will undergo further assessment before making a final decision for the Coupe de la Jeunesse team.
JM 4- Kevin Fallon (St Josephs RC), Jack Smyth (St Josephs RC),
David Keohane (Presentation), Brian Keohane (Presentation)
JW 4- Lauren McHugh (Shannon RC), Clodagh Scannell (Shandon BC),
Daisy Callanan (Shandon BC), Ruth Gilligan (Shannon RC).

 

Home International, Nottingham, July 27th

Men – Junior, Sweep: C Hennessy, L Carroll, E Murray, K Anderson, R McKenna, A Chadfield (plus four to be chosen). Sculling: N McCarthy, E Whittle, K Keohane, D Synnott, S Kearney (plus two to be decided). Women – Junior, Sweep: V Sheehan, Z Madden, K Healy, E Coll, H McCarthy, A Luke (plus four to be chosen). Sculling: S Murphy, K Turner, C O’Sullivan, C Kelly, Z Sohun, A Griffin (plus one other).

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Turlough Hughes finished fourth in the B Final of the men’s single sculls at the World Junior Championships in Racice in the Czech Republic this morning. Portugal’s Tome Perdigao won a battle with Serbia’s Alexsandar Filipovic at the head of the field, while Hughes lost out for third to Lithuania’s Zygimantas Galisanskis. The Irishman’s performance gave him 10th overall at the Championships.

Junior World Championships, Racice, Czech Republic. Day Four (Irish interest)

Men’s Single Scull – B Final (Places 7-12): 1 Portugal (T Perdigao) 7:17.15, 2 Serbia (A Filipovic) 7:19.04, 3 Lithuania (Z Galisanskis) 7:19.13, 4 Ireland (T Hughes) 7:20.51, 5 Croatia 7:21.58, 6 Estonia 7:25.10

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Ireland's Offshore Renewable Energy

Because of Ireland's location at the Atlantic edge of the EU, it has more offshore energy potential than most other countries in Europe. The conditions are suitable for the development of the full range of current offshore renewable energy technologies.

Offshore Renewable Energy FAQs

Offshore renewable energy draws on the natural energy provided by wind, wave and tide to convert it into electricity for industry and domestic consumption.

Offshore wind is the most advanced technology, using fixed wind turbines in coastal areas, while floating wind is a developing technology more suited to deeper water. In 2018, offshore wind provided a tiny fraction of global electricity supply, but it is set to expand strongly in the coming decades into a USD 1 trillion business, according to the International Energy Agency (IEA). It says that turbines are growing in size and in power capacity, which in turn is "delivering major performance and cost improvements for offshore wind farms".

The global offshore wind market grew nearly 30% per year between 2010 and 2018, according to the IEA, due to rapid technology improvements, It calculated that about 150 new offshore wind projects are in active development around the world. Europe in particular has fostered the technology's development, led by Britain, Germany and Denmark, but China added more capacity than any other country in 2018.

A report for the Irish Wind Energy Assocation (IWEA) by the Carbon Trust – a British government-backed limited company established to accelerate Britain's move to a low carbon economy - says there are currently 14 fixed-bottom wind energy projects, four floating wind projects and one project that has yet to choose a technology at some stage of development in Irish waters. Some of these projects are aiming to build before 2030 to contribute to the 5GW target set by the Irish government, and others are expected to build after 2030. These projects have to secure planning permission, obtain a grid connection and also be successful in a competitive auction in the Renewable Electricity Support Scheme (RESS).

The electricity generated by each turbine is collected by an offshore electricity substation located within the wind farm. Seabed cables connect the offshore substation to an onshore substation on the coast. These cables transport the electricity to land from where it will be used to power homes, farms and businesses around Ireland. The offshore developer works with EirGrid, which operates the national grid, to identify how best to do this and where exactly on the grid the project should connect.

The new Marine Planning and Development Management Bill will create a new streamlined system for planning permission for activity or infrastructure in Irish waters or on the seabed, including offshore wind farms. It is due to be published before the end of 2020 and enacted in 2021.

There are a number of companies aiming to develop offshore wind energy off the Irish coast and some of the larger ones would be ESB, SSE Renewables, Energia, Statkraft and RWE.

There are a number of companies aiming to develop offshore wind energy off the Irish coast and some of the larger ones would be ESB, SSE Renewables, Energia, Statkraft and RWE. Is there scope for community involvement in offshore wind? The IWEA says that from the early stages of a project, the wind farm developer "should be engaging with the local community to inform them about the project, answer their questions and listen to their concerns". It says this provides the community with "the opportunity to work with the developer to help shape the final layout and design of the project". Listening to fishing industry concerns, and how fishermen may be affected by survey works, construction and eventual operation of a project is "of particular concern to developers", the IWEA says. It says there will also be a community benefit fund put in place for each project. It says the final details of this will be addressed in the design of the RESS (see below) for offshore wind but it has the potential to be "tens of millions of euro over the 15 years of the RESS contract". The Government is also considering the possibility that communities will be enabled to invest in offshore wind farms though there is "no clarity yet on how this would work", the IWEA says.

Based on current plans, it would amount to around 12 GW of offshore wind energy. However, the IWEA points out that is unlikely that all of the projects planned will be completed. The industry says there is even more significant potential for floating offshore wind off Ireland's west coast and the Programme for Government contains a commitment to develop a long-term plan for at least 30 GW of floating offshore wind in our deeper waters.

There are many different models of turbines. The larger a turbine, the more efficient it is in producing electricity at a good price. In choosing a turbine model the developer will be conscious of this ,but also has to be aware the impact of the turbine on the environment, marine life, biodiversity and visual impact. As a broad rule an offshore wind turbine will have a tip-height of between 165m and 215m tall. However, turbine technology is evolving at a rapid rate with larger more efficient turbines anticipated on the market in the coming years.

 

The Renewable Electricity Support Scheme is designed to support the development of renewable energy projects in Ireland. Under the scheme wind farms and solar farms compete against each other in an auction with the projects which offer power at the lowest price awarded contracts. These contracts provide them with a guaranteed price for their power for 15 years. If they obtain a better price for their electricity on the wholesale market they must return the difference to the consumer.

Yes. The first auction for offshore renewable energy projects is expected to take place in late 2021.

Cost is one difference, and technology is another. Floating wind farm technology is relatively new, but allows use of deeper water. Ireland's 50-metre contour line is the limit for traditional bottom-fixed wind farms, and it is also very close to population centres, which makes visibility of large turbines an issue - hence the attraction of floating structures Do offshore wind farms pose a navigational hazard to shipping? Inshore fishermen do have valid concerns. One of the first steps in identifying a site as a potential location for an offshore wind farm is to identify and assess the level of existing marine activity in the area and this particularly includes shipping. The National Marine Planning Framework aims to create, for the first time, a plan to balance the various kinds of offshore activity with the protection of the Irish marine environment. This is expected to be published before the end of 2020, and will set out clearly where is suitable for offshore renewable energy development and where it is not - due, for example, to shipping movements and safe navigation.

YEnvironmental organisations are concerned about the impact of turbines on bird populations, particularly migrating birds. A Danish scientific study published in 2019 found evidence that larger birds were tending to avoid turbine blades, but said it didn't have sufficient evidence for smaller birds – and cautioned that the cumulative effect of farms could still have an impact on bird movements. A full environmental impact assessment has to be carried out before a developer can apply for planning permission to develop an offshore wind farm. This would include desk-based studies as well as extensive surveys of the population and movements of birds and marine mammals, as well as fish and seabed habitats. If a potential environmental impact is identified the developer must, as part of the planning application, show how the project will be designed in such a way as to avoid the impact or to mitigate against it.

A typical 500 MW offshore wind farm would require an operations and maintenance base which would be on the nearby coast. Such a project would generally create between 80-100 fulltime jobs, according to the IWEA. There would also be a substantial increase to in-direct employment and associated socio-economic benefit to the surrounding area where the operation and maintenance hub is located.

The recent Carbon Trust report for the IWEA, entitled Harnessing our potential, identified significant skills shortages for offshore wind in Ireland across the areas of engineering financial services and logistics. The IWEA says that as Ireland is a relatively new entrant to the offshore wind market, there are "opportunities to develop and implement strategies to address the skills shortages for delivering offshore wind and for Ireland to be a net exporter of human capital and skills to the highly competitive global offshore wind supply chain". Offshore wind requires a diverse workforce with jobs in both transferable (for example from the oil and gas sector) and specialist disciplines across apprenticeships and higher education. IWEA have a training network called the Green Tech Skillnet that facilitates training and networking opportunities in the renewable energy sector.

It is expected that developing the 3.5 GW of offshore wind energy identified in the Government's Climate Action Plan would create around 2,500 jobs in construction and development and around 700 permanent operations and maintenance jobs. The Programme for Government published in 2020 has an enhanced target of 5 GW of offshore wind which would create even more employment. The industry says that in the initial stages, the development of offshore wind energy would create employment in conducting environmental surveys, community engagement and development applications for planning. As a site moves to construction, people with backgrounds in various types of engineering, marine construction and marine transport would be recruited. Once the site is up and running , a project requires a team of turbine technicians, engineers and administrators to ensure the wind farm is fully and properly maintained, as well as crew for the crew transfer vessels transporting workers from shore to the turbines.

The IEA says that today's offshore wind market "doesn't even come close to tapping the full potential – with high-quality resources available in most major markets". It estimates that offshore wind has the potential to generate more than 420 000 Terawatt hours per year (TWh/yr) worldwide – as in more than 18 times the current global electricity demand. One Terawatt is 114 megawatts, and to put it in context, Scotland it has a population a little over 5 million and requires 25 TWh/yr of electrical energy.

Not as advanced as wind, with anchoring a big challenge – given that the most effective wave energy has to be in the most energetic locations, such as the Irish west coast. Britain, Ireland and Portugal are regarded as most advanced in developing wave energy technology. The prize is significant, the industry says, as there are forecasts that varying between 4000TWh/yr to 29500TWh/yr. Europe consumes around 3000TWh/year.

The industry has two main umbrella organisations – the Irish Wind Energy Association, which represents both onshore and offshore wind, and the Marine Renewables Industry Association, which focuses on all types of renewable in the marine environment.

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