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INCREDIBLE NEW HYDRO-ELECTRIC TRIALS TO GO AHEAD IN DONEGAL

first_imgThe energy-creating generator in Alaska. Similar machines could soon be deployed in DonegalAN Letterkenny-based renewable energy company is set to explore Donegal’s 700-mile long shoreline in the hunt for the key to our energy problems, Donegal Daily can reveal.American-owned Ocean Renewable Power Company is hoping new technologies can harness the power of the Atlantic and turn it into cheap energy for the country.Research stages could follow with prototypes and create much-needed jobs locally. The Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland is funding the research to identify feasible tidal energy sites in the coastal waters of County Donegal.Based in Maine, ORPC is an in-river, tidal and deep-water ocean current power generation systems and projects developer.ORPC established its Ireland division at LYIT in Letterkenny in May.ORPC Ireland says it will conduct a feasibility assessment during which time the company will “review existing resource data, evaluate grid accessibility, identify existing marine users and sensitive environmental areas, assess supply chain viability, and conduct community engagement activities.” Brian Motherway, SEAI’s chief operating officer said: “SEAI is committed to facilitating the development of new technologies and projects that will harness Ireland’s rich ocean energy resource.“County Donegal has been identified as a region of high potential for tidal energy in Ireland’s Offshore Renewable Energy Development Plan. We are delighted to support ORPC Ireland in conducting this feasibility study in partnership with Donegal County Council to identify development opportunities and form a critical first step in realizing this potential.”If conditions warrant, ORPC Ireland could continue the County Donegal project in phases similar to its parent company’s program in Alaska.ORPC is based in Maine and according to the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, in July, ORPC successfully deployed its RivGen hydrokinetic energy device in the Kvichak River at Igiugig village in Alaska.The RivGen device consists of a turbine generator unit supported by a chassis incorporating a pontoon support structure that acts as a foundation when the device is deployed on the riverbed and provides its self-deployment and retrieval capabilities. Each TGU has a capacity of up to 25 kW in a current flowing 2.25 m/sec and 95 kW in a 3.5 m/sec current.Since its deployment, more than 1.5 million adult sockeye salmon have migrated past the turbine area, estimates the Alaska Department of Fish and Game.The first day of turbine operations happened to be the second largest escapement day of the salmon season, where 600,000 fish were not captured by fisheries and, in turn, migrated past the turbine to return to their freshwater habitat to spawn.Downstream cameras show fish able to swim freely after passing through the turbine area and ORPC said there has been no observed evidence of fish injury or mortality to date. INCREDIBLE NEW HYDRO-ELECTRIC TRIALS TO GO AHEAD IN DONEGAL was last modified: August 27th, 2015 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:donegalLETTEKRENNYLYITOcean Renewable Power Companyrenewable energySustainable Energy Authority of Irelandlast_img read more