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Northern Ireland

Opinion

Wood burners are barking up wrong tree

The “ash-for-cash” scandal in Northern Ireland has tended to be seen through the prism of politics which is not surprising since it has already brought Stormont to an 18-month halt and still threatens the position of leading political figures.

Europe

InfraStrata moves ahead with gas project

InfraStrata, the independent petroleum exploration and gas storage company, has completed its 2015 work programme on the Islandmagee gas storage project in Northern Island, allowing it to start the process of attracting investors to the project.

Renewables/Energy Transition

Schottel’s turbine test successful

German company Schottel says it has successfully tested its hydrokinetic turbine design in Strangford Lough, Northern Ireland. The full-scale tests included 260 operating hours under realistic conditions. The results show that one turbine with a rotor diameter of 4m generates 50kW per second at a rated water velocity of 2.75m per second. Ten hours of operation provide enough electricity to supply an average household for a month. The Strangford Narrows, Northern Ireland is a strait between the virtually land-locked Strangford Lough and the Irish Sea and features strong tidal currents.