Wave hello to tidal energy…

ONLY three days left on iPlayer, but could Strangford Lough’s prototype turbine point the way towards some cheap energy for Northern Ireland? A lean, clean, energy machine? Regular, predictable power, and you could build ’em in Harland & Wolff. Hopefully, the project won’t sink the way project director Alexander (son of Max) Mosley did.

  • Pigeon Toes

    ” cheap energy for Northern Ireland? A lean, clean, energy machine”

    No

  • Brian Walker

    Great report, showing bags of energy, knowledge and commitment. “Strangford is the most observed stretch of water on the planet.” With luck, its beauty will be preserved as well as its utility carefully exploited.

  • In the fastnesses of the night, such as when the Metropolitan Police helicopter is enforcing civil order on the sleepless masses of Muswell Hill, I ponder just this issue.

    I conceive of a bijou plot, with small cabin and statutory nine bean rows, adjacent to either or both:

    a heaving tidal range;
    a raging water-course.

    Preferably in lush countryside, with

    Charm’d magic casements, opening on the foam
    Of perilous seas, in faery lands forlorn.

    Oh, and a decent boozer within staggering distance.

    Now, I deduce that’s got to be in the vicinity of somewhere like Portferry or Malin or Buncrana (yeah: I’ll brush up the 1960 Leaving Cert Irish). Not only would I have the panoramic view, but I’d couple it up to a state-of-the-art hydro-electric generator. NIE or ESB could be paying me!

    Curiously, no Estate Agent has yet managed to locate the site. But any potential sightings are very welcome.

  • Reader

    Malcolm Redfellow: But any potential sightings are very welcome.
    Donaghadee, with tidal power from Copeland Sound. Ram Race too, if you get greedy.