Ireland’s solar future - A bright future or too hot to handle?

Ireland’s solar future - A bright future or too hot to handle?

  • 13 Nov 2015

This week I was at the Sunday Business Post’s Power 2020 Summit in Carton House, Kildare. The event was chaired by the paper's business correspondent Jack Horgan-Jones, and speakers provided an interesting overview of challenges and opportunities for Irish businesses in the renewable electricity sector. One thing that became immediately apparent was the buzz and excitement around solar PV in Ireland. 

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How to make people care about climate change

How to make people care about climate change

  • 27 Nov 2015

In 1999, my then partner and I moved to Bantry in west Cork to walk the talk, and to try our hand at sustainable living. We bought a hill farm overlooking beautiful Bantry Bay and built a comfortable straw bale house, powered by wind generators, solar panels, and a wood-burning stove. We learned how to produce most of our own food. Because we were unable (or unwilling?) to stop driving, we salved our consciences by buying a Toyota Prius for the long trips and a Citroen EV for school and shopping runs.

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Who will pay most to mitigate climate change?

Who will pay most to mitigate climate change?

  • 01 Dec 2015

“We are the first generation to fully understand climate change, and the last generation to have the opportunity to do something about it.” Both Ban Ki-moon and Barack Obama, repeated this message this week in Le Bourget, the site of the COP21 meeting in Paris.

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Looking for a beacon of hope on climate change in Paris

Looking for a beacon of hope on climate change in Paris

  • 23 Nov 2015

As Paris recovers from the shock of the recent horrific attacks, the City of Light also stands as a beacon of hope for the world as it prepares to host a historic meeting of world leaders. This event provides a level of optimism not witnessed before, providing the possibility of a global energy technology revolution over the next 40 years.

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The future of renewable energy in Ireland

The future of renewable energy in Ireland

  • 25 Sep 2015

Professor Brian Ó Gallachóir of the Environmental Research Institute at University College Cork, evaluates how Ireland can reach its low carbon targets. Ireland has an ambition to transition towards a low carbon economy by 2050, as articulated in the legislation on Climate Action and Low Carbon Development. There are a number of significant challenges in achieving this ambition for technology, for society and for policy.

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Wind energy: the good, the bad and the policy

Wind energy: the good, the bad and the policy

  • 09 Sep 2015

Wind energy is a hot topic when it comes to discussions on Ireland’s current and future energy mix. While arguments about wind energy in the media are often distilled down to simple soundbites (where it is either the best decision or the worst decision for the country), the actual arguments for or against are a lot more nuanced and complicated… this is wind energy, the good, the bad and the policy.

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The future of gas in Ireland: moving to low-carbon energies

The future of gas in Ireland: moving to low-carbon energies

  • 27 Jan 2015

On Christmas Day last year, as people were sitting down to dinner, a high-pressure weather system was slowly moving over Ireland, causing temperatures to drop and wind speeds to reduce to an almost calm. Over half a million households were heating their homes with natural gas, while the electricity system called on gas-fired power plants and electricity imports from the UK to meet the bulk of demand in the absence of any wind generation.

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Clare FM Radio Interview

Clare FM Radio Interview

  • 14 Dec 2015

Dr Fionn Rogan was interviewed on the Morning Focus radio show about the outcomes of COP21 on December 14th 2015. Click here to listen (external link).

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