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Turlough Hill Hydro Plant Open to Public – 40th Anniversary

24th June 2014

The Turlough Hill pumped-storage hydroelectricity plant is opening for public tours during Summer 2014, to mark the 40th anniversary of the commissioning of the station, which is located in the Wicklow Mountains near Glendalough.

The Turlough Hill plant began construction in 1968 and was completed 6 years later. It is owned and operated by ESB. The main station is buried inside the mountain and can generate up to 292 MW of electricity at times of peak demand. It can also go from standstill to full capacity in only 70 seconds.

Guided tours are available every Tuesday to Friday during June, July and August and select Saturdays and Sundays. Places can be reserved for these tours at www.esb.ie/turloughhill and more information can be found here.

Google’s Growth in Renewable Energy – introducing Google Coordinate

16th August 2012

Google is known for its strong opinions on the use of renewable energy as our future energy sources. It has also used actions as well as words, in putting more than $350 million into clean power, which is impressive for an Internet company.

It has also signed Power Purchase Agreements on over 200MW of wind energy power to offset Google data centres power usage as well as other power requirements. To date Google have highlighted their invested in the following projects:

  • Recurrent Energy: large scale photovoltaic (PV) projects in California
  • Clean Power Finance: financing for rooftop solar
  • SolarCity: solar for thousands of residential rooftops
  • Brightsource: concentrated solar power at scale
  • Atlantic Wind Connection: a superhighway for clean energy transmission
  • Alta Wind Energy Center: harnessing winds of the Mojave
  • Shepherd’s Flat: one of the world’s largest wind farms
  • Peace Garden Wind Farms: opening up more financing for wind
  • Photovoltaics in Germany: investing in clean energy overseas

 

And given their exposure in the Renewable Energy sector it was only a matter of time before they used their software services experience to target the sector. In June 2012, Google announced Google Coordinate, a tool that works with Google Maps amongst other tools, to efficiently manage mobile work teams. This concept is ideal for the wind farm maintenance, in that all users of the system will have visibility as to who is the closest team to a particular site, if they need help and can give some new statistics on work flow.

Kilmoyley National School Visit – Gael Force Wind Energy

25th May 2012

As part of the Engineers Ireland Steps Initiative, Gael Force Wind Energy visited Kilmoyley National School in north County Kerry recently to speak to over 60 students.

The talk was aimed at introducing primary school children to the world of engineering and the talk proved to be a two-way street in terms of education.

Dr. Michael Sheehy, a previous student of Kilmoyley National School, covered his career as an engineer from his first “engineering” job in Kilmoyley School at the age of 11 to his current position as CEO of Gael Force Wind Energy. In an interactive talk, the students of Kilmoyley National School spoke out about how they were presented with their second Green Flag for their efforts in promoting Energy Awareness from water conservation to nuclear fusion!

Gael Force Wind Energy wins Highly Commended Award

12th December 2011

Gael Force Wind Energy has received a Highly Commended Award from IntertradeIreland’s 2012 Seedcorn competition. Seedcorn is the largest business competition for early stage / high growth companies in any sector on any part of the island of Ireland.

Gael Force Wind Energy’s business plan was reviewed by a panel of independent entrepreneurs, investors and experts as part of the prestigious Seedcorn competition. The business plan was focussed on the expansion of our flagship software product, the Gael Force Wind Portal. The Portal is a web-based Operations Management tool for wind farm owners to help them optimise the production revenues from their farm and keep them compliant with lenders, grid operators and health & safety.

Polytec deliver new Remote Sensing Vibrometer to market – Wind Energy Applications

29th April 2011

 

As part of an emerging product demonstration, Polytec have released a prototype of its new Remote Sensing Vibrometer (RSV) to Gael Force for testing on wind farm sites.

Polytec are world leaders in non-contact, light-based vibration, velocity and topography measurement. Their latest offering, the Polytec RSV-150, can allow non-contact measurement of natural frequencies of dynamic objects from up to 300 metres away.

The Polytec RSV-150 allowed Gael Force Wind Energy to carry out an analysis of the frequency response of operational wind turbines. This technology opens up an avenue of measurement techniques to investigate the effects of wind turbulence, yawing moments, generator/gearbox imbalances and foundation issues.

Gael Force Wind Energy accepted onto the Endeavour Platform Programme

1st December 2010

Gael Force Wind Energy was one of thirteen successful applicants to take a place in the inaugural 2009/2010 Endeavour Platform Programme (EPP). The EPP included business stress tests, globally successful business mentors and professional consultancy in legals, investment, marketing, sales and financials that strengthened Gael Force’s position in the renewable energy sector.

Find out more on the Endeavour website.