Irish firm harnesses waves for energy

Tuesday 28 August 2007 22.57
Buoy - Will now be fitted with a turbine
Buoy - Will now be fitted with a turbine

An Irish company is claiming a break-through in the attempt to generate electricity from wave power.

Ocean Energy’s prototype wave energy converter has been taken into Galway docks tonight, after successfully completing eight months of testing.

The Ocean Energy buoy, which coped with waves of more than 8m in height, is now going to be fitted with a turbine, which has also been extensively tested.

Results of the eight-month test validated by University College Cork, suggest this may be part of the solution to Ireland's dependence on imported oil and gas.

It is hoped that if the buoy is back in the water next month, continued good results by the end of the year could trigger the construction of a full-size prototype.

Other Irish companies, like Wavebob, are also developing generating proto-types.