More than 70pc of Ireland’s electricity could be produced from renewable resources by 2030, a new report has claimed.

The research commissioned by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Northern Ireland said the availability of energy from wind, wave and sustainable biomass was significantly larger than the projected demand for the next 18 years.

Geoff Nuttall, head of WWF, said – “We hope this is a contribution to tackling the big challenges we have on the island of Ireland in relation to energy. We do have an urgent issue in relation to our energy. We are importing 99pc of our primary energy needs from fossil fuels.”

It is estimated that the current oil supply to Ireland will only last for another 54 years while gas could run out in 63 years’ time.

Malachy Campbell, a policy officer with WWF, called for governments on both sides of the Irish border to make development of a low carbon economy a political and economic priority.

“There are many reasons why we need to decarbonise,” he told a conference at the MAC theatre in Belfast. “Firstly, the situation we are currently in is unsustainable. The almost ridiculous reliance (99pc) on fossil fuels costs £2.3m a year in Northern Ireland. The Republic of Ireland is only marginally better. The potential for renewable energy is enormous – up to 60 times the projected demand.”

It was claimed that Ireland should follow countries like Denmark which aims to be fossil fuel free by 2050.

Mr Campbell said Scotland was also blazing a trail by setting ambitious targets that could save £325m a year by reducing energy levels by 12pc by 2020. “We can save money by doing this,” he added. “Why are we not doing it?”

Delegates at the conference were told that previous research by the Carbon Trust suggested that investment in renewable energy could create more than 30,000 new jobs in Northern Ireland in a sector that could be worth almost £1bn.

Paul Gardner from Garrad Hassan, a renewable energy consultancy firm which carried out the study for WWF, said – “If we manage to get electricity down by 2030 then general decarbonisation of the economy is feasible.

“There is an enormous resource. If we tried to do it we could produce far more electricity than would ever be needed. The problem is how to solve the long, cold calm spell. But, it could be made to work.”

Source – The Irish Independent

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Kingston Renewable Energy (KRE), Hydropower products, wind energy, renewable energy products, We manufacture, supply and install. Richard Kingston KRE is the home of Fluxy, a beautiful Irish made wind turbine designed to last several life-times, and a host of other Hydro products branded under KRE hydro. KRE HYDRO- KRE are currently installing a range of Hydro products including high head low flow systems and low head high flow. These are pelton and Turgo types for high head, crossflow Banki turbines for medium to low head and Powerpal for Ultra low head. We also plan to introduce a custom timber/steel/aluminium waterwheel service for those of you who are lucky enough to have disused mills on their land and who would like to restore them to their former glory (and make a healthy profit in the process). All hydro installations are custom designed. This is necessary because everybody's land and water resource is different and to benefit from the highest efficiency and lowest payback time the hydro system must be customized according to what flow, penstock length required, and what head is available. Hydropower is currently by far the most cost effective renewable resource in Ireland under the existing Feed in tariff structure and export rate of 9c per unit (wholesale rate for bigger systems is €0.087/kWh). It is surprising how much energy is to be harvested from even a small stream and we are offering 4 to 7 year payback times on average and high profits thereafter. KRE FLUXY- It has been a long journey from when I originally set out to buy a wind turbine to power my own house in 2007 and discovered that the existing machines on offer in the market failed to meet my desires as a customer; that is, to possess an aesthetically designed machine with a low embodied carbon footprint and a long design lifespan. This led to my resolve to make this a possibility as I knew there were other like minded folks out there who had the same needs when buying into renewable energy. I have always been a keen environmental activist and had a strong understanding of engineering and material sciences which enabled me to see failings in the high tech electronically controlled machines commonly available today. These weaknesses come from over complicating the wind system with servo motors, sensors, gear trains, relays and logic circuits; fine for large utility scale turbines which are constantly monitored and have continual maintenance on site but not for a small wind turbine in the back yard to run the house. I could see that wind turbines needed to be brought back to a less complicated yet modern design that would withstand time and the turbulent and violent winds we see in Ireland and fulfilling the old engineers adage of ‘KISS’ or ‘keep it simple stupid’. With less component parts, there are less things to go wrong. My vision was to create a machine that offered the benefits of being an economic investment, a positive for the environment and also to be a design piece that our customers are proud to have flying in their grounds. And so, I present you with the fully mechanical Kingston Renewable Energy Fluxy wind turbine. Please feel free to contact us at any time if you have any questions or think you may have a good wind site. We will happily do a site assessment come rain or shine. Stay posted for the monthly blogs from our inspirational team here at KRE. Check out our latest installments in our crusade to get higher feed-in tariffs in Ireland so that we can compete with the rest of Europe in the micro-generation stakes. The Hydro section of our website will be updated shortly to show our newest installations and showcase our products. Yours sincerely, Richard Kingston

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