Arklow offshore wind farm and other energy news
By bnitz on Jun 01, 2005
This is good news, Ireland's first offshore windfarm went live a few days ago. It's 10 miles offshore and each 104 meter radius G.E. is rated at 3.6 Megawatts. Awesome! I think there is already a sailboat race planned to go past there. It was also interesting to hear that Warren Buffet was investing in a Scottish energy company. One of Scotland's energy companies is investigating wave energy. Between Scottish waves and Irish wind, we could probably supply most of the E.U.s energy needs.
In other environmental news, my great Aunt is president of an Iowa renewable energy organization. She started using biodiesel in her new car partly because it was cheaper than regular diesel. She sent me this irish biodiesel link but the only diesel I use is to heat my house. My next door neighbors use turf, which is sort of renewable, if you don't mind waiting a few thousand years. What's the catch to biodiesel? I think it's that governments don't collect as much tax from biodiesel. I began using ethanol blended gasoline 10 years ago because it was taxed less and therefore cheaper than regular gasoline. A few years later it was mandated and it became more expensive!
Now the bad news. Someone has measured a slowing of the gulf stream. It's time to put on a wooly sweater.